Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Wood's Edge ~ Lori Benton

  • Series: The Pathfinders
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601427328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601427328

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?

My take on this book:
I was drawn to The Wood's Edge because of the time period in which it took place. I am a fan of historical fiction but it isn't often that I read a book that takes place in the mid 1700's. What I found within the pages of the book was an engrossing story that was rich with history,  and filled with well fleshed characters that captured my attention and wouldn't turn loose! The rich descriptions of time and place really was a joy to read, the author captured the period perfectly making it easy to see that she knew what she was writing about, history really does come to life within the pages. The plot was interesting, after all the suspense of wondering whether a secret would be found out was something that kept me turning the pages, but I really think one of my favorite parts of the story was the way the author wove the faith of the characters into the story. The Wood's Edge did lag a few times but overall was an interesting read that held my attention because I wanted to know what would happen. I will certainly be looking for book two in the series.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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