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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?
The first chapter of this book started very slowly for me. But once the story turned to Tamsen it really got going and drew me in.
Set in the 1700's, before the original colonies were formed, the land we call the USA was a very different place. It was a world of the wealthy vs the slaves, the white people vs the Indians. And it was a world that was definitely void of all the luxuries we have today.
Tamsen is faced with so much pressure from her stepfather. As unfortunate events unfold, she makes a run for it. She runs into Jesse Bird, and that is where this story really gets good. The two of them travel on horseback through some horrible conditions and into the winter time.
Most of this story finds Tamsen and Jesse on the run. They make friends and form allies along their journey. They also have obstacles to overcome and trials hitting them at every turn.
As this story became intense, I found it very hard to put this book down. The ending was a huge shock to me - so completely unexpected. But... I loved it!! This was a great story and a must read for those that love a great Historical Christian Romance.
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