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The Woods Edge by Lori Benton (Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers)
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?
As a lover of history especially early American history this book was perfect for me. The time period, the characters, the background was so intriguing. This book was well researched and the story was captivating. This time period was full of uncertainty between people groups and Lori shows that clearly in this book.
The characters of Two Hawk’s and Anna and their struggle with the truth and their relationship keeps you going back for more. In your mind you are constantly wondering if it will all work out. I love that she writes in a way that does not fully give away the story. You don’t know when reading it if it will work out or not or how things will play out. She leaves enough mystery in it for all of us.
I will warn you that this book is the beginning of a series. So there are some things that are not going to be tied up by the end. One thing is certainly clear. I’m ready for this ride to continue.
I definitely recommend picking this book up before leaving for vacation or as a pool side read.