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 thoughts: I have enjoyed Lori Benton's first two novels, since they are rich in history and she does a wonderful job of not sugar coating history (while also not making her stories unnecessarily gritty). She does a wonderful job of walking that fine line, which I appreciate in a Christian author who writes historical novels.
So, I was thrilled to review this story from Blogging for Books, since the other two were so fabulous. It didn't disappoint! Her characters are well written, and the story gives you tons of new facts on what it was like to live back then. I like that she writes about a period in history that I haven't read a whole lot on!
If you are looking for an engaging historical novel, then I highly recommend this story! Even if you aren't into history, her stories are hard to put down.
I received this book in exchange for my review from Blogging for Books.