BOOK REVIEW – THE WOOD’S EDGE by LORI BENTON
Major Reginald Aubrey holds an horrific secret, an act he committed in a moment of grief and despair. An act intended to save his wife from knowing the same grief.
A tormented woman, Heledd Aubrey never knows of her husband’s action, pouring her love and affection on the child that is not her own.
Anna, the orphaned child saved by Aubrey, bright and happy, even as Heledd holds nothing but disdain for her. She and the stolen child, William, are close, as siblings and as friends.
GoodVoice, the Oneida mother who knows the dead babe she buries is not her own. And Stone Thrower, her husband, intent on taking his vengeance.
Two Hawks, the son who knows of his stolen brother – and William, utterly unaware.
From the first beat of this book, I could hear the Indian war cries, I could smell the sulphur of muskets. The desperation. The fear. The grief.
“The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.” [taken from the blurb on the back of the book]
Ms. Benton has woven a tale that deftly intertwines the lives of the Oneida family and the family of an American British officer, the native culture of the Oneidas and the British colonists. Each character is real and vibrant, their words and actions and emotions palpable and true. I felt the weight of the Major’s guilt and grief, the angst of his wife’s inner torment. I was a girl in the woods with Anna, as a child, and as she grew. And I was Oneida with Good Voice as she sought to reconcile her loss and her husband’s temper.
As a skillfully woven tapestry, Ms. Benton pulled the seeming frayed threads of this story together in a powerful and profound ending, leaving this reviewer breathless – and in tears.
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Her latest release, a Historical Fiction novel, THE WOOD’S EDGE, can be purchased at online retailers.
Lori’s website: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/
The first two chapters of The Wood’s Edge: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Woods-Edge2.pdf
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.
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