The Wood’s Edge is book one of The Pathfinders Series by Lori Benton.
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 Thoughts About The Woods Edge
Lori Benton does a superb job of detailing history and bringing characters to life in her newest book. However, I had a hard time with the violence depicted. I understand the period necessitates the portrayal of Indian hunts and massacres, but I wasn’t prepared for some of the detailed descriptions.
Putting aside my queasiness, I continued reading the story, and I am glad I did. Miss Benton’s attention to detail and meticulous recounting of history enables you, as the reader, to fully immerse yourself into the novel, traveling back in time to the early history of our nation.
The Wood’s Edge covers approximately 20 years, following the lives of the Aubrey family primarily. Incorporated and intertwined with the Aubrey family is the family of Stone Thrower, an Oneida Indian.
A tale of betrayal, redemption, anger and forgiveness, The Wood’s Edge is a story you will think about long after you have closed the book on its final page.
To learn about Lori Benton, you can visit her at http://loribenton.blogspot.com/p/connect.html
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.