This book was a true joy to read. I fell in love with main characters Tamsen and her rescuer, Jesse, right at the start. As they took off running, I took off reading and could barely stop. Tamsen and Jesse are constantly seeking refuge, will find it, then have to flee again as Tamsen's murderous step-father and an unwanted suitor keep closing in on them.
Jesse is a godly man and he vows to keep Tamsen safe. Sometime into their journey he realizes he loves her. Tamsen falls in love with Jesse too, but her love is a growth process. Secondary characters are either likeable or will be hated. One of the best and most likeable is Wolf-Alone, also known as Cade, the man who raised Jesse.
The Christian message in the story is clear but not preachy. The book is fast-paced, romantic, and suspenseful. A real treasure. Readers will root for Tamsen and Jesse and hold their breaths until the very end--which is both surprising and very satisfying. A reader discussion guide is included as well as some interesting early American and Native American historical insights from around the time period of 1787.
Lori Benton is a gifted writer who knows how to paint a picture with her words. Because the story is so visual I was able to "see" it unfold as I read. I have added Lori Benton to my favorite authors list.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.