I have been waiting for this story every since I closed the last page of The Wood’s Edge. That was a favorite read last year and I couldn’t wait to get right back into the story. This was an excellent conclusion!
Hearts are Divided
Loyalties Will Be Tested
The Fates of Two Families Hang in the Balance
Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own.
No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love.
Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.
“But when Creator said He would make rough ways smooth, I believe He was not talking about moving us to an easy path. He meant He was going to make our stride long enough, our legs strong enough, to carry us through.”
Lori’s beautiful storytelling has a way of immediately drawing the reader right into the story. The historical details of the time and the look at the different people and cultures are once again done so well. And what a story it was…sigh…
Each of the characters are wonderfully written and I loved every bit of the journey. Whether they struggled with forgiveness, guilt, freedom, waiting or a mix of all of them, Benton draws your heart to each of these characters. I was sad that it ended and it wasn’t without some tears. Redemptive stories like this one get me every time.
I do recommend reading The Wood’s Edge first. But trust me, it is well worth it!
Have you read any of Lori’s novels?
(Thank you to Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)