Review: The Wood’s Edge by:Lori Benton

The Wood's Edge
About the Book:
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?

About the Author:

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, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

My Review:
The day Fort William Henry fell, Major Reginald Aubrey did the unthinkable. While his wife slept, after a long, hard labor, Reginald stole his dead son away. He finds another woman with twin sons, one white, one brown, and trades his dead child for her healthy white baby boy. He is certain his wife will notice but when she doesn’t, Reginald is not sure if that is good thing or not.

As they hurry to Fort Edward, Reginald’s small ban of soldiers’ wagon train is attack. As many die due to the attack, Reginald and his wife come across a baby girl, who’s parents have been killed. Taking Anna, the girl, a long with them in spite of his wife’s protest, they venture farther into the dense forest.

Years later, Reginald’s guilt is building. His wife more and more despises his love for the girl and wishes to rid them all of Anna’s presence.  Across the woods, in a birthing hut, the woman who’s child as stolen away, tries to bare another. Her new son dies, right after his first cry and she grieves greatly over the two sons she has lost. She begs her husband to find the man who stole her son, and bring home their son.

The Wood’s Edge is a wonderful novel about a mother’s love, a father’s guilt, and the love of siblings. The Author did an amazing job writing this novel. I’m hope there will be another in the future!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging For Books.

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