I don’t recall giving this book permission to end. Yet, it went against all of my bookish wishes and did. How terribly rude.
I’m here to prepare you Internet, so you’re welcome!
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?
I don’t read much historical fiction from this era, but when it comes to Lori Benton’s novels, I can’t help myself. She immediately draws readers in and when it ends, you’re left wanting more.
I wanted to list my favorite characters, but that would turn into talking about most of the characters, so I’ll say this: Benton is able to tie in many lives and stories together without overwhelming the reader or having it be too much. It’s a wonderful tale of people’s decisions (both the good and bad), life happenings and consequences coming together – it’s messy, it’s beautiful, it’s life.
I love that Benton doesn’t shy away from telling a story that accurately portrays life in the forts, wilderness and settlements of 1700s. It wasn’t easy and people were far from perfect, yet Benton’s tale made me want to travel back in time, even if only for a week….let’s not get crazy people, a girl needs her Del Taco.
One more warning Internet. It’s all fun and games until you’re getting closer to the last page and realize this is book one of a series. Wait, what?!? I need more. Ahora por favor! So while I have to wait until 2016, it’s worth it knowing I’ll get to hang out with my friends again. ; ) This is definitely my favorite novel yet from Lori and I can’t wait for the next one!
Have you had the chance to read Lori Benton’s novels? If you have, what’s a favorite?
(Thank you to Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)