Book description: "To escape a brutal stepfather and an unwanted marriage, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists backwoodsman Jesse Bird to lead her overmountain to western North Carolina's Watauga settlement. Trouble pursues in the form of Ambrose Kincaid, a determined suitor convinced she's been kidnapped and taken against her will. Trouble awaits in the form of a divided frontier community. The State of Franklin has been declared, yet many settlers remain loyal to North Carolina. Threatening the contentious settlers from without is the renegade Chickamauga warrior, Dragging Canoe, who seeks to sweep the lot of them back east across the mountains. In her bid for freedom Tamsen Littlejohn bargained for none of this, especially not for her growing attraction to her unlikely rescuer. When pursuit finally catches up with them, having fallen in love with Jesse Bird could prove the greatest risk of all."
My review: This is a fast-paced, can't read fast enough to see what happens next kind of book! I loved it! I especially loved Tamsen and Jesse. The author, Lori Benton, has created characters that you feel like you get to know personally, and a story that leaves you wishing it would never end. I don't want to give anything away, but there is more mystery in this book than I realized. I didn't even see it coming, but I thought the ending well-written. I highly recommend this book, but don't start reading it too late in the evening. You will never make it to bed! I hope Ms. Benton plans to write a sequel. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.