March 3, 2015

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton
ISBN: 9781601427328
Trade Paperback

Synopsis: 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 Review: This was a nice historical book to read. I liked that it had both the Oneida Tribe and British colonists. The characters in this book were strongly developed. I can't imagine taking someone's baby even in grief of losing my own. I am sure Reginald thought he was helping all involved but in reality it did not. This whole book is so full of history and the author did a great job of making it all come to life. There is so much to like about this book and it was such a touching story that it is hard to put into words. If you are looking for a historical fiction book that will keep you turning the pages long into the night then this is the book for you. 

About the author: Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

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