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Monday, June 15, 2015

THE WOOD'S EDGE (The Pathfinders, #1) By Lori Benton

Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Release Date:  April 21, 2015
Pages:  400
Genre:  Historical Fiction

Format:  Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description: 
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?


Wanda's Thoughts:  An impulsive decision made by Reginald Aubrey causes years of repercussions for the lives of so many. The buried truth and a lifetime of lies and deceptions unfold slowly and steadily as tensions escalate throughout this compelling story.

The author really gets into the hearts and minds of the characters, some likeable and some not so likeable. This is truly an engaging story that will capture your emotions, and keep you absorbed through to the end. The ending doesn’t necessarily bring peace and resolution, but has issues that will lead nicely into the second installment of this Pathfinder’s series.

I highly recommend this great historical fiction with a 5 star rating - definitely a 2015 favorite!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author: 
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace.

When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching 18th century history, Lori enjoys exploring the mountains with her husband.

Burning Sky, Lori's debut novel, was a finalist for the ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award, and winner of the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year