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Critical Praise

“Reminiscent of The Last of the Mohicans and equally as stirring, THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN is a rare book that kept me up late into the night. Ms. Benton is an exquisite storyteller whose majestic descriptions, suspenseful plot, and passionate romance are not soon to be forgotten.”

—Marylu Tyndall, author of the Escape to Paradise trilogy

“Founded on a fascinating little-known moment in early American history, THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. In this tightly paced flight into fear, hope, and mystery, author Lori Benton emerges as the quintessential artist, able to pull her readers into the story through her well-drawn, multidimensional characters, their emotions, motivations, and dreams.”

—Sue Harrison, international bestselling author of the Ivory Carver trilogy

“Benton has created another masterpiece. With rich historical detail, she brings to life the early frontier with all its beauty and danger. Her descriptions are unique and often breathtaking. She creates realistic dialogue, vibrant characters, and an intriguing plot. Benton has quickly become one of my favorite authors.”

—Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of REBELLIOUS HEART

“THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN is a beautifully written novel, rich in historical details that will transport you back to the mountains of North Carolina in the late eighteenth century. The characters are so real and their circumstance so compelling, they jump off the page and into your heart. Readers of historical romance will be captivated, and those who read her debut novel, BURNING SKY, will be thrilled with this new story.”


“Seldom has a tale swept me away so powerfully that I’m left both breathless and bereft at its end, reluctant to let go. THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN is such a book, a gentle masterpiece destined to be treasured and acclaimed.”

—Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

“With gorgeous prose and characters that will steal your heart, Benton has breathed live and passion into history. THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN is a captivating example of excellence. Flawless!”

—Roseanna M. White, author of the Culper Ring series

“A breathtaking novel from start to incandescent conclusion. Lori Benton portrays the rugged North Carolina terrain in such vivid detail, readers will feel they’ve followed Tamsen’s journey every pulse-pounding step of the way. A must-read!”

—Ann Shorey, author of LOVE'S SWEET BEGINNING

“In this sweeping colonial saga, author Lori Benton has crafted a powerful tale wherein every element of storytelling is vividly woven together. Poetic, emotional, and rich in historic detail, THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN is a stirring page-turner.”

—Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of BE STILL MY SOUL and THOUGH MY HEART IS TORN