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?
"Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it"- Markus Zusak
That about sums up my review of this book. I loved it from the moment that I started on page one... Tamsen and Jesse take you on a journey over the mountains and through history. This book is quite a different story from Burning Sky but trust me when I say you will not be disappointed as it is rich in history, love, mystery, dreams and God... Tamsen and Jesse learn to trust God and each other with the different challenges they face with themselves, the wilderness and others...
I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone so I won't go into depth but while I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Jesse and Tamsen I couldn't have imagined a more perfect ending to the story! I cannot wait to see what Lori Benton writes next... All I know is I will be first in line to purchase book 3! :)
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