If you’re looking for a novel that is like a movie where it has a fast paced beginning the immediately draws you in, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton is a book you should consider reading. From the first page, you’re almost taken to the starting scene of a movie that is jam packed with action and ready to run. Starting right after her mother’s homicide, we are taken to the scene where Tamsen is trying to escape her abusive stepfather’s clutch and his promised marriage of her to a wealthy young gentleman that she hardly knows. Searching for anything she finds a stable and a man, who can possibly help her escape, named Jesse.
Jesse, free of any ties to his former life, yet searching for a sense of belonging and some hint of the parents he never knew, agrees to help Tamsen escape in order to protect her. Because he agreed to help, Tamsen’s stepfather claims him to not only be the murderer and kidnapper and sets out on an trek, with the man he has promised her to, to bring Tamsen back and make sure that she marries her promised suitor so that he can gain a part of the wealth. Because of the pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse are on the lookout around every corner to make sure her stepfather and clan of people he has enlisted to help him are not nearby. Regardless of their proactiveness, Tamsen still has a few mishaps where she does end up getting into their clutches, but thankfully Jessie and his friends are able to help get her back.
This is a book that will keep you interested from start to finish with unexpected twist and turns and a surprise ending for Jesse and his yearning for a sense of belonging. Lori does a great job at captivating the reader’s attention and bringing several aspects in the book into play in a way that is not thought of. This is one of those books that would make a good movie and is safe for all ages of readers.
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