The Wood's EdgeLori Benton
A pre-Revolutionary epic of identity, action, and romance, The Wood's Edge promises gripping storytelling and an emotional wallop.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 21, 2015
- UPC: 9781601427328
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 400
- Publish Date: Apr 21, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 1601427328
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- Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of The Wood's Edge by Amanda on 10/14/2015
This was the first book that I've read by Lori Benton and her writing has made me an instant fan. The audacious sin which set this story in motion culminated in a powerful message of grace and redemption. Instead of connecting with one or two characters, I developed an emotional attachment to a group of about 6. In fact, Lori's storytelling coupled with Liz Pearce's audiobook narration brought me to tears while I was driving!
History buffs will like how the story is nestled between the French and Indian War and the beginning of the American Revolution. I was especially intrigued by the customs of the Oneida Indians and the work of the missionaries in their midst.
I will definitely be adding A FLIGHT OF ARROWS (April 2016) to my TBR.
[Disclosure: Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while listening.]
- Couldn't Put This Down by Brenda on 7/19/2015
Have you ever picked up a book and put off reading it because of the sheer length of it? I admit, I did it to this book without giving it it a chance. I received it in early June along with a few other books to read and being that this one is almost 400 pages long, I put it aside and instead read the shorter books on my list. Two night ago, I finally picked it back up: the synopsis intrigued me and I knew I wanted to at least get a few pages into it.
What ended up happening is that I spent the next two days reading it straight two nights in a row, staying up til the wee hours of the morning because I was so enthralled with this book. When I got down to the last 60 pages, I actually wished that this book had at least another 200 pages because it was that good.
It's very rare that I give a book a full 5 stars but in this case it is well earned.
From the first page, this story captures your attention and manages to hold it through to the last page and leaves you wanting more (and luckily, Lori Benton decided to make this a series and is scheduled to release the second book in 2016). This is the story of love, rejection, grief, guilt, hate, and about forgiveness through God's love.
Lori Benton excels as a writing, weaving a beautiful story. While this book does follow multiple characters and their personal stories, Benton succeeds at making each character a relevant part of the story, each contributing a piece of the overall puzzle. None of these characters are lily white and each have their flaws and secrets that makes them believable. There are a few occasions one might read a particular passage and think "Why is this in here? Get back to the main story!!" and then later those interactions come back to add something important to what is going on.
It is also obvious that Benton had thoroughly researched the Oneida people and the historic events that surrounded them at the time this book takes place. The Native people presented in this book are not "stereotype" but instead the reader is given the opportunity to see their interactions from an everyday family life standpoint rather than savages. The Native culture is presented with respect to the people and Tribal customs, which is always a plus in my book (being of Native American heritage).
I highly recommend this book to everyone. But be warned, once you read it and then finish it, you'll be waiting for A Flight of Arrows, the second book of the Pathfinder series, to be released next year.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own
- A stunningly exquisite novel! by J. Augustine on 7/15/2015
Three families experience the far-reaching consequences of one man's choice. A decision made during a horrific ordeal that scarred the lives of many. The Wood's Edge spans two decades, two very different cultures, and the intricacies of life that binds them all together.
With her trademark attention to detail and historical accuracy, Lori Benton has penned a gripping tale that will take readers on an emotionally intense journey through a very fascinating time in U.S. History. I am continually in awe of the amount of research that goes into each story. Rich detail and imagery so immerse me in each page that I feel like I am right there with the characters. The Wood's Edge so engaged my senses that time ceased to exist and it was a rude shock whenever I was interrupted even for only a few minutes. And each time my fingers itched to pick up the book and return to 1700's America. As a history buff I also really appreciate how accurately Lori Benton portrays the clothing, customs, and even viewpoints of the different characters.
I will freely admit that I started this book in the morning intending on reading a little here and there. Did. Not. Happen. I started in the morning and finished in the late evening, and this is no short book. I just couldn't seem to put it down and even when I was forced to I was still constantly thinking about the characters and both what had happened to them and what might happen.
The Wood's Edge is an amazing story of tragedy and faith, love, betrayal, and forgiveness. And Lori Benton is one of the best historical fiction authors I have ever read. I will excitedly await and devour any book she writes, I'm just not sure I can survive until 2016 to find out what happens next in The Path Finders series.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
- A don't miss this one read! by Vera on 7/8/2015
Lori Benton's books are always good reads that are packed with interest because she does quality research for the setting of her stories. Since I love history and reading about historical events, times, places, and people, The Wood's Edge was right at the top of the list for tweaking my interest. The interaction between Native Americans, Indians, and the settlers has always intrigued me.
In The Wood's Edge Benton captures the reality of captured whites (settlers) being immersed in the world of the Indians (Native Americans). When a set of twins is born during the midst of an attack by the French on a British fort to a white woman who seemingly is Indian, the story begins. One child seems white and the other Indian.
As the story evolves, we move into the conflict between the settlers (Colonists) and the British Crown. We see various interactions between settlers and Indians. But mostly we see how moving toward war and moving into emotional conflict as white world meets Indian world with the tumultuous and emotionally charged family dynamics factored into the mix. This is a heart-wrenching story of a time and people that shaped America.
A don't miss this one read!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy to facilitate this review by Blogging for Books book review program on behalf of WaterBrook Press and the author. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
- Can One Woman Bring Two Hurting Families Together? by Suzie on 4/7/2015
This is a story of two men, two fathers. One is consumed by guilt and shame for the fateful decision he made. The other is consumed with the desire for revenge against the man who stole his son. Both men have one thing in common. Their families suffer because of their actions and inner turmoil. The Path Finders is an appropriate name for this series (yes, it’s a series and you will be glad of that when the book ends with a few loose ends). As these men, and others, find their path to each other, to a son and brother who has been absent since birth, and to a God who is forgiving and life-changing.
I am always pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy Lori Benton’s books. You see, I’m not one of those people who loves history. But, I do enjoy historical fiction now and then. Some of these books can be mired down with too many dates, names and events. Benton manages the balance between history and fiction well, detailing the lives of the Oneida people and even the months leading up to the Revolutionary War while keeping the reader engaged with the day-to-day lives of her characters. You will not regret this read.
****Blogging for Books provided me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.