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Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton May 31, 2016

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About:

Hearts are Divided
Loyalties Will Be Tested
The Fates of Two Families Hang in the Balance

Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own.

No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love.

Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.

Book 2 in the Pathfinder Series

My thoughts and giveaway:

I loved Lori’s first book in this series and literally could not wait  until this book came out. It was worth the wait. This book is  fabulous. So many layers in this book and so many uncertainties.

Anna is fighting to do the right thing, at the same time she is fighting for the love of her life and so many odds against her.

Two Hawks wants to do things the right way, to earn Anna’s father’s blessing but nothing seems to be going right. He meets one obstacle after another.

Then there is William and his struggle with his identity and who he really is, who does Jesus say he is?

I would highly recommend reading the first book in this series since there is so much going on, however I do think you could read this book and still figure out what is going on.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton April 30, 2015

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About:

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?

My thoughts:

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.