Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

GIVEAWAY

BENTON, LORI
THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLE JOHN

Frontier dangers cannot hold a candle to the risks one woman takes by falling in love 
In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness, Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance. 

Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather. With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina. With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked everything for her?

My Review:

I swear this author has a time machine and travels back to the 18th century at will just so she can get all the details right. There isn't any other explanation for the rich, evocative text that creates the ambiance of another world. The scents, the sounds, the very feel of the air...I became immersed in the story from the very first page. What an incredibly rich, captivating read.

The time period is fascinating and not as popular in historical romance so that alone makes it a refreshing read. I'm beginning to appreciate the early colonists even more than the pioneers thanks to this author in particular.

There is an intricate balance in Benton's storytelling -- her distinctive voice blends faith, drama and humour into an enticing package that makes it hard to put down. A complex story, deep characterization and more than one startling plot surprise kept me eagerly turning pages.

And the romance -- oh my! Toe-curling, swoonworthy and heart palpitating! A definite must read for historical romance lovers.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 17 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

33 comments:

  1. I'd love to win this book. The cover is so appealing, as is the plot synopsis!

    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It is a great cover. Makes you want to know what she's running from. Good luck, Kate.

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  2. I just love the title - very simple, but so telling! And the story seems just my way - rich and captivating. Count me in, please :)

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're right --the title is a great tie-in to the story.Good luck, Janka.

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  3. Burning Sky definitely deserved to win three Christys - I cannot imagine that this one would be less than excellent as well!

    rachaeldalquist(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's absolutely just as good. Love Lori's writing style, the way she builds a plot. Such a good read. Good luck, Rachael.

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  4. I absolutely loved this book too! Great review, Kav!

    (no need to enter me, I have already read this book)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and giving your two cents worth, Faye. I know this was a spring release and somehow I just got reading it now. So hard to keep up with all the great books being published.

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  5. I really enjoyed Burning Sky, so I hope to get to this one one day! rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

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    1. It's fantastic, Melissa. Good luck!

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  6. Awwww ... this one sounds like a good one. rrwalterATgmailDOTcom

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  7. This book sounds good and the cover is beautiful. Thanks for the thoughtful review.

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Diane. Good luck!

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  8. This book is one I've been particularly wanting to read, because I live in the area which was once called the State of Franklin. Thanks for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. I had not idea about that whole issue -- state of Franklin versus Carolina. That was so fascinating to read about. Good luck, Kay.

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  9. I've been hearing great things about this book! Lovely review! And thanks for the giveaway opp!
    rachelle (at) rachellerea (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle. And this book lives up to it's reviews. Good luck!

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  10. Hello Kav. I love the cover of this book and what it's about. Thanks for the give-away you have for us. Very sweet of you.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I love the cover too, Maxie. Good luck!

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  11. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this one.

    Thanks for the giveaway! : )

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Cathy. Good luck!

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  12. Sounds intriguing. Count me in, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're counted, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway! God bless!

    Writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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  14. I love historicals and since you described the romance as swoon worthy I would be interested in reading this book. Sounds interesting.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. LOL -- swoonworthy is the way to go when it comes to romance, don't you think? Good luck!

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  15. Oh, I LOVE this book! I would love to be entered so I can pass it on for another friend to read!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're entered, Nicole. Good luck!

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  16. Please don't enter me for this one; I got this amazing book from the author! I loved reading your take on it, Kav, and am quite in agreement with you!

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    1. Thanks, Dana! Seems like we are kindred reading spirits.

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