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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601427328
ISBN-13: 9781601427328
Series: The Pathfinders

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Author Bio

Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

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"Meticulously researched. Alive and engaging. The Wood’s Edge is a journey through the footsteps of America’s formative years, with characters so wonderfully complex and a story of redemption so deep, only Lori Benton could tell it. I was transfixed from the first absorbing page to the last."
—Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin

"From the opening scene to the last line of the book, I was captivated by The Wood’s Edge. Rich in history, with characters to weep for and to cheer for, this is a novel that will linger in my heart for a long time to come."
—Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of Love Without End and Whenever You Come Around

"Open The Wood’s Edge and see the secret. Then, hold it—page after page—breathless. Rich in history and lush in story, Lori Benton’s novel brings to life a cast of characters in a tale that spans two generations, two cultures, two worlds. In an era underrepresented in Christian historical fiction, Benton takes on the challenge of presenting the message of faith in its purest form. Love, grace, rebirth."
—Allison Pittman, author of On Shifting Sand

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Diverse cultures, different worlds...unknowingly entangled, inevitably linked
    May 12, 2016
    Delia Latham
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Wood's Edge: A Novel - eBook.
    The Wood's Edge took me by surprise. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, but then, neither am I opposed to it. Now and then, I read a historical novel that blows me away. Such was the case with The Wood's Edge. I loved it! From the action-packed first scene to the surprising culmination, I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. She had me at babies, hooked me with what befell them, and kept me squirming on that hook with the events that followed one devastating action carried out by an otherwise good man. The characters were all well-developed, the writing stellar, the story line captivating. Definitely a winner!
  2. Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    I have only one regret towards this novel...
    September 4, 2015
    Irenespring
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have only one regret towards this novel; I turned the last page.

    This is the first time Ive read from Lori Benton, and I must say the experience was completely enjoyable! So much so, I am quite puzzled why Ive never taken the chance to read her previous novels. Good thing theres such a thing called second chances, right? ;)

    The first installment in the series, The Path Finders, The Woods Edge is among those reads that grips your imagination and refuse to let go, making daily chores easily forgettable. That completely drives the thought of sleep from your mind. Even when your eyes beg for rest. In fact, days later I am still catching up on those missed chores. And sleep!

    I really liked how the story flowed, leaving it easy to follow the plot. And the historic background is simply great. And the characters of the story? I cant possibly think of signing off this review without sharing my thoughts on the characters. I loved how real they were. The journey they undertook throughout the story was truly amazing, and it was enough to keep me stuck like glue to its pages. I recommend this novel to all the history-lovers out there. And if you happen to love epic storytelling youre sure to love this!

    I eagerly look forward to the next upcoming novel in the series!

    *Thanks to the Blogging For Books program for providing a free copy for my honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own.*
  3. Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Tough topic written beautifully.
    August 29, 2015
    Andrea Cox
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    by Andrea Renee Cox



    Ive been hearing tons of great things about Lori Bentons latest novel, The Woods Edge, so I just had to read it for myself. Before I tell you my thoughts on the book, heres the premise, borrowed from Loris website:



    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?



    At the end of chapter one, I gasped and thought, Theres no way this has a happy ending. Throughout most of the book, I was torn between hating it and falling in love with it. As a woman who was almost kidnapped twice as a young girl, I wasnt sure I could get past the fact that Reginald Aubrey had stolen a baby to raise as his own child. But like Good Voice, the childs mother, my heart took a journey I didnt expect during the reading of The Woods Edge. I found myself hoping each character involved, by theft or by blood, would come to a divine peace about the whole situation.

    I cannot tell you what happened, of course, for that would spoil the story for you. However, I can tell you that waiting until mid-April of next year for the release of the next book in the Pathfinders series (A Flight of Arrows) will be a difficult trial of my patience.



    The most amazing part to me of The Woods Edge was how author Lori Benton wove a thread of hope through a tale borne from a hopeless scenario. It takes quite the artist, with a large dose of inspiration from the original Author, to craft such a work of art. Loris books may torture me at times, for the tough topics she broaches, but there is a strain of innocence, a sweet beauty that never fails to whisper to my heart.



    Thank you to Blogging for Books for giving me a copy of The Woods Edge in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A stunningly exquisite novel!
    July 15, 2015
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.)
  5. Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Wood's Edge--wow!
    July 10, 2015
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Wood's Edge--wow! How do I begin to express my feelings toward this book? It is such a powerful story of love and forgiveness and how that forgiveness is only possible through the power of God and HIS love. I wish this was a book I'd read for bookclub because there are so many things to discuss--the choices, the secrets, the heartbreaks, the paths to God. I think I will recommend my book club reads it, perhaps next spring, so I can read it again just before the next book, A Flight of Arrows, is released. I was glad I was reading an actual book, rather than an ebook, because each chapter is dated and often there is quite a gap in time between. I frequently had to flip back to the previous chapter to see when it was so I could figure out how much time had passed and how old Anna was. I would give The Wood's Edge 5 of 5 stars. It is a book to savor. My only regret is having to wait almost a year to be able to read the next book in the series. I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
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