BOOK REVIEW – A FLIGHT OF ARROWS by LORI BENTON
William Aubrey is not who he was raised to believe he was—the European son of an American British officer. When he discovers that not only is he half Oneida Indian but that he has a twin, his world crumbles and he flees in rage and confusion.
Reginald Aubrey has lived in a prison of self-condemnation these twenty years, and cannot accept the love of those around him. Nor, even, the forgiveness of Stone Thrower, the father of the boy he took.
As the war escalates, William enlists and finds himself ensconced in the aggressive attack that is descending on the very ones he loves most. Conscience torn, he can neither bring dishonor to his name by desertion nor can he engage fully in the battle, knowing he could kill the man he called father for twenty years. Or, the father he has never known.
As William marches against them, both Reginald Aubrey and Stone Thrower have one objective in mind—to get to William and bring him home.
Will the war prevail against a family so divided? Will Reginald or Stone Thrower find William unscathed? Can they convince to return to his home—either the European settlement he has called home, or the Oneida village where his mother awaits him. Will he make peace with the truth of who he is?
Once again, Ms. Benton has tangled a web of horror in the midst of war and unraveled it for the characters in it. My heart thrummed with the firing of muskets, ever wondering, hoping that both fathers and both twins would come face to face. I longed for the restoration of family, even as each character cried and prayed to Creator for the same. Real and raw emotions on every page, love and heartache and fear as the story unfolds. Once again, Ms. Benton has brought characters so believably to life, and crafted a powerful and profound ending, this reviewer is rendered breathless – and in tears.
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
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, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, The Wood’s Edge, and A Flight of Arrows.
Lori’s website: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/
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