From beginning to end this was a riveting adventure, filled with mystery, romance, and thrilling edge-of-your-seat adventure!
Tamsen is a young woman stuck in a loveless arranged marriage, set up by her ruthless step-father. When Tamsen is given the chance to escape, she takes it, entrusting her safety to the rough mountain man, Jesse Bird.
Jesse Bird has lived with his adoptive father Cade for years, living off the land, never knowing who he was or where he came from.
Together will they be able to evade the people who would tear them apart?
This book is everything that you could every want from a novel, an intriguing historical setting, with compelling characters, romance, and high stakes. I didn't want to put this book down! Jesse and Tamsen are heartfelt heroes, with strong faith and a will to fight for what is right. One of my favorite characters in this book was Cade. I loved how he only spoke when he had something to say, and his expressions and body language were so expressive.
The setting of this novel was so well researched, before reading this book I hadn't heard anything about the state of Franklin, which surprised me, because I consider my knowledge of history to be pretty good. The descriptions were precise, yet detailed weaving themselves into the fabric of the story.
Overall, this was a fantastic book, full of rich history, that tells a poignant tale of love in a young America. This story drew me in from the very first page, and kept my attention throughout, I could scarcely put it down. Tamsen was an admirable heroine who grew so much over the course of the book, as a young woman, and in her faith. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2014, I cannot recommend it enough. Someone asked me what I was reading the other day, and I talked for 15 minutes non-stop about this book! Simply fantastic!
Thank you to Ms. Benton who graciously gave me a copy of this wonderful book, for review purposes.