Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Wood's Edge
WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
Lori Benton


Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori's first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Wood's Edge, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

It's difficult to review a book that doesn't particularly appeal to me as a reader, especially one as well written as "The Wood's Edge."  I do enjoy an occasional historical novel, but I've never been a huge fan of the genre. 

Many of my fellow reviewers gave this one glowing reviews, so I decided to try reading Lori's newest release.

I didn't make it out of 1757.

However, I do know how to recognize quality fiction even if it doesn't appeal to me. Fans of historical novels will devour this one.  Lori is known for doing her historical homework, and the depth of detail and authenticity shine in "The Wood's Edge".

Even the dialogue reflects the period of the novel's setting (which, by the way, was a big reason I stalled where I did).  And "The Wood's Edge" isn't a short book by any means.  Lori's story weighs in at nearly 400 pages, which makes it a struggle to not try one more time to get lost in the tale!

Because, after all, I LOVE big books and I cannot lie...other readers might deny...when a book comes in at a high page count and novellas come along as well...I get swooned...and wanna read that book...

Oh my...kind of went off track there a bit!  My apologies!  Back to my review......

This may be one of my DNF titles, but I still highly recommend the book, and send my thanks  to my friends at Waterbrook Press for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  I  can honestly tell you this:  if this is your favorite genre, you're in for a real treat with "The Wood's Edge"!

Happy Reading!



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