Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Report & Give-away: The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

Winner of last week's "A Side of Faith" by Krista Phillips is .... MERRY!
The second novel from budding author Lori Benton, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, is as delightful as her first.

Only it's even better. It's layered and believable, and a feast for the soul who loves rural country life and history.

~~Last of the Mohicans meets 2014 new movie release, Belle
~~Sweeping & Romantic
~~Fascinating History & Wonderful setting


Tamsen Littlejohn, is nothing if not brave. Though desperate, she would rather embark into the unknown with a man she hardly knows yet believes honorable, than compromise her hand in marriage to a man she's been promised to by her stepfather, a man who would toss aside the care of a lesser man in pursuit of her beauty. For freedom and a better life, she would run. For safety from violent murderer, she would flee and shed her cultured life.

Jesse Bird would never so much as hesitate to act for the defense of a noble cause. Though his name is a burrowed one, his roots unclear, and his identity a mystery, there is one thing he knows. He would marry Tamsen to save her.

When Tamsen and Jesse run from a murderer to save her life, they are entangled in the post Revolutionary War political battle for the statehood of Tennesee, then known as Franklin. And little known to either of them, the unknown roots of each of their identities reveal secrets each of them must face as their past unravels on the road to freedom as Tamsen's pursuers are on their heels.

Will they have to run forever? Will they marry for love or for safety?

I thoroughly enjoyed Lori's winsome writing style. I love the back woods and rural historical living. Lori's wonderful descriptions will fill your senses and make you think you've just taken a walk in the woods with Tamsen and Jesse. The romance is believable and tender, and Lori's "less is more" scenes are sweet and lovely. I only wish I could see it on the big screen someday.

Lori's Bio: 
"Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace."

Lori's debut novel, Burning Sky, earned the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.

Her next release is set for April, 2015, The Wood's Edge.




Readers: 
Have any of you heard of the historical Battle of Franklin?

The term "over-mountain"refers to frontiersmen who pushed west beyond the Appalachian Mountains after the Revolutionary War.

Sycamore Shoals, Nolichucky, and Carter's Valley are locations mentioned in this story. Can anyone name the modern city names for these historic places?



Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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36 comments:

  1. I signed up for both Jaime and Erika's newsletter. Thank you!

    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  2. Sycamore Shoals is in Elizabethton, TN, so that is probably the modern city. I'm not sure about Nolichucky, which I think of more as the whole river, but the city might be Jonesborough or Erwin, TN. Carter's Valley is currently an area near Church Hill, TN, but I'm not sure it that's the answer. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Lori's book.

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    1. Hi Kay! You are right about Elizabethton. That's a modern city in the area of Sycamore Shoals, and Jonesborough is a town Jesse and Tamsen (and several other characters) visit in the course of their journey. I love the names of the rivers in this region, Nolichucky being one of them. :)

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  3. Thanks for the wonderful review, Anne. So blessed to visit with readers here. Hi Jaime and Erica!

    I had a lot of fun exploring this little known era of post-Rev War history, and remember how surprised I was when I first ran across mention of the "Lost" State of Franklin in my research journeys. Here's a snippet of what I shared in the Author's Note at the end of the book (no story spoilers):

    Just as I’d overlooked this brief but fascinating history, I was in store for another, more personal surprise in connection with the Franklin statehood movement. In the pages of one of my most helpful resources on the subject, The Lost State of Franklin, America’s First Secession by Kevin T. Barksdale, I found mention of a relative of mine living the history that forms the backdrop of Tamsen and Jesse’s story. From page 24 of Barksdale’s book: “Captain Thomas Amis, one of the most successful early merchants in Tennessee, moved his family from Bladen County, North Carolina, and opened a small store and tavern in present-day Rogersville.” Later, in August of 1787, during a hotly contested election that nearly brought the region to open war, Thomas Amis ran for a seat in the North Carolina legislature. He was my distant cousin. We’re both descended from another Thomas Amis, a French Huguenot who purchased land in the Colony of Virginia in the 1600s.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by this week Lori! Hope you are having fun! It actually helped me to read the snippets at the end of the book before I read the story.

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  4. I have this lovely book and am looking forward to the next in the series, Lori! Don't you just love "lost history" and early America? I sure do! May your writing continue to be blessed. Wow, look at all those Christy awards!!! In one fell swoop--God giving you favor. Love that!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie! Just to clarify, this book wasn't part of a series. However my next release, The Wood's Edge, is. :)

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    2. Yes! Love lost history. Can't wait for The Wood's Edge!

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  5. I signed up for both Jaimie and Ericas newsletters. I got a bit confused as the link was dead. I did finally find my way back here to tell you! Lol Can't wait to read this book! Ewe_r_merritt at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your interest in my book. :)

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    2. R Merr--can you mention which link was dead so we can fix it? Thanks, glad you found your way back to us! ;)

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  6. I had not heard of that battle. I would enjoy reading your book.. Since the last question is answered I was glad to read the comments and learn where they were :)
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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Deanna! Yes, I wasn't sure whether to answer about the locations or not, but I didn't want to ignore the comments either so I let the cat out of the bag. Not that it was any big mystery. :)

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  7. You're so right about the Last of the Mohicans comparison! I loved both of Lori's books (Burning Sky is wonderful, too). Please don't include me in the giveaway as I own them. :) The Wood's Edge can't come out soon enough!

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    1. Love your enthusiasm, thank you. That's such a blessing to an author. Thanks for your support!

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    2. Well, then you (and Lori too) will need to rent the movie Belle also. Just interesting that I'd seen it right before I read this story. It just gave some similar flavors of the times, though Belle is set in England.

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    3. I own a copy of Belle. I was crazy about it before it was even released, watching the trailer and the sneak peek of the first few scenes over and over. In fact I was so disappointed that none of our theaters showed it and I had to wait for the DVD, which could only be found a WalMart. But at last I tracked it down. It's so my kind of story!

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  8. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now. It would be a dream come true if I could win, read and review!

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    1. I'd love to know what you think of the book if/when you read it, Gail. Blessings to you, and thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Oh Gail, it makes me hope you will win! ;)

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  9. This sounds like a interesting book. Great review ladies!

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    1. Glad you stopped by, Sarah. It is a great review!

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    2. Hi Sarah! Glad you could find us for a cyber cup of coffee this week!

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  10. What a fascinating period in history you have chosen to write about! I look forward to reading your book--I'll start with the first one, however, as I like to read them in order. Congratulations on an amazing start to your writing career!

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    1. Hi Kathryn. Both my published books are stand-alones (not part of a series), so you can read them in any order. Totally different settings and characters. I do have a series set to release in April though. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy whichever book you start with. :)

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  11. I signed up for both Jaime and Erica's newsletters. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I signed up for both of Jamie and Erica's newsletters. :-D

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  13. I love the cover of this book! Thanks for the giveaway! I signed up for both newsletters :)

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  14. I have heard such wonderful things about this book - it's on my want pile! Signed up for newsletter. :)

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  15. Hi Lori and ladies. I clicked on one of the authors on the Rafflecopter and it went away and could not get it back up to do the others . Love the cover of your book and woukd love to win it . Thanks for the chance .
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. In the maintenance, not much to say, it is very good: even when "it tape" downhill, the foot does not move, Timberland Sale it is true that the excellent grip part in this good record. Also a very satisfactory grip on wet stones. At the level of wear, as long as we avoid too abrasive terrain and that one does not stride like "cross country", Timberland Outlet online the studs are relatively spared (see photos after 160 km). For cons, I'm not sure they will hold 1,000 kilometers.

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  17. Enjoyed the history lesson and learning more about your book, Lori!! Thank you!!

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