05 March 2015

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

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 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?

What another great historical read from Lori Benton. The Wood’s Edge, like her previous two novels, Burning Sky and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, captures and brings to life the rich history of eighteenth-century America in vivid detail. With well-developed characters placed within this history, Benton tells a captivating and touching story of love and loss, grief and grace, forgiveness and faith. Absolutely riveting from the first page to the last with plenty of drama, action and romance, I just could not stop reading. The Wood's Edge is definitely a must-read - fans of historical fiction cannot go wrong with a Lori Benton novel. I highly recommend picking it up.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of The Wood’s Edge and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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