Category Romance

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn: A NovelThe Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn
By Lorie Benton
Waterbrook
Retail Price:  14.99
Amazon Price:  $11.38

Book Description:  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?

Review

This was an excellent story. From the moment I began this book I was mesmerized.  The main character is someone we can relate to as as women as she runs the gamut of emotions.  She is at the same time both vulnerable and strong as well as fearful yet courageous. As the novel unfolds we see that Tamsen’s selfish and cruel step-father plans on taking advantage of Tamsen’s beauty to make a prosperous matrimonial match. He controls her and manipulates her but Tamsen’s fiery spirit urges her to flee…straight into the arms of Jesse Bird, who aids her in escaping her father’s tyranny. Their escape spurs Tamsen’s stepfather and her  intended husband to pursue her. Jesse Bird is a man who knows the terrain and how to keep them one step ahead of the chase. His heart is drawn to the beautiful, vulnerable woman, who entrusts herself into his care, but knows the depth of his feelings are not reciprocated. Tamsen simply doesn’t see any other option than to trust him for it would be far worse for her to fall back under her father’s control and be forced into a loveless marriage.

The author does a great job of drawing you into the story and you become involved in their lives like they are friends, not characters in a book.  She transports you to a different time and place as she delves into the complexities of the human heart and spirit.  I highly recommend this.  It was a wonderful book.

~Reviewed by Annette E.

    All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes

    All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes
    by Betsy St. Amant
    Zondervan
    Retail Price $12.99
    Amazon Price: $9.71

    Book Description: 

    Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more. Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

    As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

    The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

    Review

    This was a sweet (pun intended) read that will entertain you and leave you with the “feel-good” warm fuzzies.  It not only kept me interested, but made me smile and laugh all the way through. While the romance was darling, I enjoyed the author portrayed the bake off, giving us a glimpse of what it is like to be in one of these contests.  All in all it was a quick, enjoyable read and great entertainment.

    ~Reviewed by Rosie B.