Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

The Wood’s Edge 

 by Lori Benton

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?
The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.
On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.
When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Wood’s Edge, go HERE.


I am a fan of historical fiction, so I wanted to review this book, and this is my first read from Lori Benton, so I had a double treat. Ms. does an amazing job describing the historical setting. And this setting was especially interesting for me because I love reading books about the very beginning of America, during the 1759 to 1776 era. It was interesting to read about people who were actually there. And event though this is fiction, the way Ms. Benton writes the story, describing each scene in full detail, it made me as a reader feel like I was experiencing these times with these great characters. And I loved the characters and felt with them as they went through so many difficult trials. And I especially appreciate the love, redemption, forgiveness, grace and peace of our Lord so very well explained in this story. People who do not attend church or read their Bibles may read this book, and they will sure learn about Jesus.
A copy of this book was given to me to read and review, and post an honest review.

Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori’s first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.

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