A Flight of Arrows
by Lori Benton Published by WATERBROOK Press
on April 19th 2016 Genres: Christian
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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.
Check out my review of book one The Wood’s Edge.
A Flight of Arrows is no less emotional and no less heartbreaking than the first book The Wood’s Edge. Told in a troubling time period of Americans vs the British and the Native Peoples between the struggle, the saga of a lost son, a longing brother, and two fathers wanting to make things right continues. Bonds will be formed and others will be tested. The fight for a country is nothing like the fight for a family.
I enjoyed The Wood’s Edge and of course the sequel is no exception, but my favorite of the two remains The Wood’s Edge. I felt like A Flight of Arrows dragged in some places (the pacing in no hurry at all), and I took a really long time to finish reading it. Despite that, I’m mostly satisfied with how the story wrapped up. At least if I ignored how I got a little teary-eyed about something in particular.
Aubrey, Lydia, Two Hawks, William, Good Voice, Stone Thrower, and a great number of other characters were just as interesting this time around and I’m a little sad to let them go. The only character that got on my nerves, a few times, was Anna. I kept thinking, “I get it, Anna, you miss Two Hawks. You don’t have to keep saying it and you don’t need to obsess over him all the time.” She did work on her selfishness, so I suppose that’s all fine.
The Wood's Edge
by Lori Benton Published by Random House Incorporated
on April 21st 2015 Genres: Christian
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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.