Now that Jesse Bird has gotten tangled up in Tamsen's problems he knows that he can't leave her unprotected. As he spends more and more time in her company as they run from Tamsen's pursuers Jesse finds himself in a situation that has nothing to do with Tamsen's problems. He's falling in love with her.
Can Tamsen give her heart to the man who risked his reputation and very life for her?
Can Jesse protect Tamsen from the endless trouble that seems to be following her?
Review: I have heard good things about Lori Benton and have been wanting to read her for some time. The cover of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn certainly promises much. It did not disappoint. I was impressed with it. Lori Benton has almost an elegance in her writing that was hard to miss. Her descriptions of some of the characters were so intriguing that sometimes I went back and read the description again just to hear how the words sounded once more in my head.
The character development was excellent. Tamsen Littlejohn was sweet and brave. She was strong when it almost seemed impossible to be so. Her relationship with God grows closer throughout the novel. She also never allows the bitterness her circumstances saturate her in get into her soul. This was perhaps the most admirable quality she possessed. Tamsen Littlejohn had much to be bitter about. But she never was.
Jesse Bird was a wonderful character. The way the author describes him when he first meets Tamsen was nearly lyrical in nature. It gave me a clear picture of his face and form as few books do. Jesse proved himself to be noble, courageous, and virtuous. I really enjoyed getting to know him.
Though this novel was told from Tamsen’s and Jesse’s point of view my favorite character was Cade—Jesse’s adoptive father. He was an enigma from the very beginning of the story. An enigma which is explained in the end. However, the mysterious nature of his character drew me more into the novel because I wanted to see more of him.
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is aptly named because it seemed somebody was pursuing her all the time for some reason or another. The poor girl just wanted to be left alone to live a life of her own choosing. This novel also had some surprises that I did not see coming. As a reader, I always appreciate those. As an author, I saw how planned the book had to be in order to get the end results.
All in all I recommend The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn to anybody who enjoys romantic Christian fiction. Now that I’ve read this book I can’t wait to read more by this author!
I give The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn 4 out of 5 stars.
*I received an ARC copy of this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. The opinions and ideas stated are mine and mine alone. My review is an honest opinion of this book.
Extra: This book is coming out April 15, 2014. If you want to read a chapter of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn click on this link: Read Chapter One.