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?
I haven’t read anything by Lori until this book. I have heard wonderful things about her previous books so I was excited to read The Wood’s Edge.
I was very much drawn into this story. Lori lays a lot of history for the reader but I was never bored. She weaves it into the story seamlessly, like a natural thread.
Much of the part that is on the back cover blurb doesn’t actually take place for a while but I couldn’t wait to get to the part where Anna was older and things start to fall into place.
I was intrigued by some point-of-view characters and how that would all play out and why Lori choose those people to see things from.
Overall, this story deeply touched me and was just beautiful to read and take in. I would definitely read more of Lori’s work in the future. She has a unique writing voice that you don’t find just anywhere.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.