Published by Random House Incorporated on April 21st 2015
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
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?
The Wood’s Edge, in my opinion, is one of the best historical fiction books so far this year. There are so many layers of flawless storytelling, which made everything play out in my head like a movie (it really needs to be a movie or a TV series). Each individual story, from Reginald to Lydia and to Anna, came across as genuine, touching, and sometimes even heartbreaking. Despite being a fairly thick book, I wanted even more.
The Wood’s Edge was much more than I was expecting. It’s not a typical revenge story and it is also not a typical redemption story either. Like I mentioned before, there are so many layers to this story and it is not easy to side with one character or another. It’s a hard situation for everyone. And, because of a tragedy, Reginald’s desperate decision that day resulted in more than what he had bargained for and he had to live with that guilt for many years.
By the end of the book, however, when the secret surrounding the stolen boy’s true origins become known to everyone, we are left to wonder and wait for the next book to truly see what the full effect was on him. William, his name given to him by Reginald and his wife, was actually not all that actively present in the book, but was mentioned the most. I want to, hopefully, see what he thinks about this new revelation to him, after all he is one of the last to know.
The Wood’s Edge is a book that deserves to be read, reread, and shared. It’s almost unbearable to wait until 2016 for book two.