About the book: Western North Carolina, 1787 ~ To escape a threatening stepfather and an unwanted marriage, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists the aid of Jesse Bird, a frontiersman she barely knows, to spirit her away from Morganton, North Carolina, west beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Review: After only one meeting with her expected suitor, Tamsen Littlejohn is confident that Ambrose Kincaid will turn out much like her harsh and demanding stepfather, Hezekiah Parrish. Ambrose is handsome, socially polished, and the heir of his wealthy grandfather, Alexander Kincaid. But soon after their first meeting, Tamsen sees in Ambrose, a cruelness of character not unlike her hateful stepfather. Taking matters into her own hands, Tamsen decides to escape a potentially disastrous arranged marriage to a man she does not love. She escapes her would-be suitor and her stepfather by enlisting the help of a frontiersman from the western part of North Carolina, Jesse Bird. Together they travel west through the wilderness, avoiding the dangers of Indians and wild beasts, all the while evading the trackers hired by Ambrose Kincaid and her stepfather.
Life on the frontier has many challenges for Tamsen. She has only known a cushioned life in the past, one with servants and fine luxuries, but now Tamsen has to learn to cook, clean, and make do with the roughness of wilderness living. Slowly over time, Tamsen learns to appreciate her new life on the frontier; she even begins to fall in love with Jesse, the man who has risked so much for her. But just as her life is becoming more stable, Ambrose Kincaid and her father’s trackers find her whereabouts. Will Jesse and Tamsen be able to continue evading them, or will Tamsen be forced to return home with her stepfather to an arranged marriage?
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