the woods edge

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 Comments: I was anxious to read this book ever since I read that it was predicted to be one of the best Christian fiction books written in 2015. I have read Lori Benton before and enjoyed her writing. I was not disappointed.

I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction anymore, but there are always a few exceptions and this is one. I enjoyed the story – very different from other books I’ve been reading. I enjoyed the depth of the writing including the rich and interesting characters. The research done by Benton was remarkable and the writing is very in tune to the time period including the language.

The story is about how two families become interwoven and connected to each other in a very unusual way. We go through deep regret and guilt with Reginald – there are always consequences to our actions.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great writing and historical fiction. You won’t be disappointed!

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

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