I was captivated by The Wood’s Edge from the very first moment that I began reading the story. As I watched Major Reginald Aubrey make the decision to take a child that was not his own, I was intrigued. I knew that his actions would impact not only him, but many people in the future. As the novel unfolded and I followed the two families involved, it became very clear that there could be possible repercussions for generations to come.
I really enjoy this author’s writing style. The scenes flowed so beautifully from year to year and the characters truly came to life as I turned the pages. Although the book covers quite a significant time span, I did not feel rushed at all in getting to know the people involved. Instead, I felt that I knew really grew to know them. It was eye opening to see the effect that Reginald’s guilt was having on him and the hatred that was brewing in the heart of Stone Thrower. There are many tough topics introduced in the story and questions are raised about sin, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
The author did a very good job of weaving these storylines together. The relationships formed and the love stories that are woven between some of the characters are just beautiful, but not without their share of conflict. The fact that this book ends on the cusp of the American Revolution ups the excitement I have for the next novel. I am anxiously anticipating meeting up with these characters again and watching them navigate through those perilous times. (5 stars)
I would like to express my thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book that I received. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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?
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, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and The Wood’s Edge.