Friday, May 22, 2015

Bookshelf Friday - The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

I must confess, Lori Benton isn't someone I've read a lot of. But this book intrigued me. It was the cover that first pulled me in, then the blurb sealed the deal. Well, that, and I so often hear how wonderful her books are. I'm so glad I picked this one up. Here's a short blurb, and we'll chat on the other side!

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?

Lori Benton has a way with words, and this book proves that point. This story spans nearly twenty years and is seen from many of the character's viewpoints. While that's not typical for this genre, Lori balances their voices well and uses it to pull your emotions straight onto the page. While the middle slows a tad, the beginning starts at a fast pace and the ending is more than satisfying. 

Another aspect that helps broaden the depth of this book is the amount of research Benton had to put into it. I love history, and this definitely dug into the setting she used without once reading like a dry history book. It was rich, colorful, endearing...and I could definitely see why so many people are fan's of Benton's books.

I happily give The Wood's Edge 4 out of 5 stars and you can purchase it here

Happy reading, friends!

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