1. Many Sparrows
    Many Sparrows
    Lori Benton
    WaterBrook / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Gripping Novel
    April 15, 2018
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Many Sparrows is a book that tells a haunting tale of what life may have been like living in the colony of America and of the bitter conflicts between the settlers and the Native Americans. Claire Inglesby is a woman that really would be just like any of us. She stood by her husband when he lost his fortune, tried her best to love him and absolutely loved her son. Understandably, Claire was not happy with her husband when he decided to move his family further west, in very dangerous times and while Claire was very pregnant with her second child.

    Things continue to get worse and Philip leaves his pregnant wife and 4-year old son to get help. He never assumed he would not be coming back. Claire is found in dire straits by Jeremiah Ring, a man of two worlds- the whites and the Native Americans. Claire is faced with any parent's ultimate fear- her son has gone missing. After helping Claire give birth, Jeremiah finds out was has truly happened and this knowledge puts him in the middle of a very complicated situation, especially when the whole country is about to blow over land and race relations.

    Author Benton did a great job of putting us in Claire's shoes when her whole world went out of whack and the love and desperation she felt for her children. Jeremiah was a good man, ever patient, but I could certainly and did feel for Claire and her frustrations at not having her problems solved in the most obvious matter. The author really illuminated some of the native customs in regards to adoption of people, how it is so different from how we view adoption now.

    I have found that when I read a Lori Benton book, she gives us a well-rounded story and brings clarification on all sides of the situation, making us care for all the characters, or at least understanding their decisions better. This one kept me up quite late and had me thinking about it even when I was not reading it.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

  2. Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Many Sparrows
    February 23, 2018
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's hard to know where to begin to express my thoughts for this fantastic book. Clare Inglesby is 8 months pregnant when her husband Philip decides they should leave their farm in the Shenandoah Valley and travel west to Kentucky. Philip seems a well meaning sort, but rather clueless. Their wagon runs over rocks and breaks an axle, going down a trail they have been warned was not for wagons. Philip takes one of their horses to go back to the nearest settlement for help, leaving Clare with their four-year-old son, Jacob. During the night, Clare feels labor pains and moves outside the wagon so her pain does not wake Jacob. When she returns to the wagon later, deep in labor, she finds Jacob gone. There she is, her husband not returned, her son gone, and now her water breaks. Coming back from her search for Jacob, she finds a man near her wagon. This is her meeting with Jeremiah Ring. Having no choice really, he helps deliver her baby girl, Pippa. Later, he agrees to help her find Jacob. Clare is desperate to find her son, using that desperation to find a strength she didn't know she had to endure the hardships of the journey. She has to come to the end of herself and really learn to trust God, as Jeremiah counsels her to do. She has to learn to wait on God's timing and His will. "She'd learned much about the limits of her determination, and stubbornness, when it came to achieving her heart's desires, to seeing her will be done. Both were terrifyingly boundless." (page 359). She also had much to learn about forgiveness. Jeremiah was a complex character. He quickly fell for Pippa; it took longer to acknowledge his feelings for Clare. His story was unfurled a little at a time, of how he came to be an adopted Shawnee, with brothers Falling Hawk and Wolf-Alone and sister, Rain Crow. I was intrigued by Wolf-Alone, who was also adopted into the Shawnee family. He was such a mysterious man; I wanted to know more about him. At times, the little he revealed about himself sounded vaguely familiar. Reading the Author's Notes and finding mention of him and Wildcat made my heart glad. I've read all of Lori Benton's books and loved them all. Many Sparrows may be her best yet. It has strong, complex characters, action that had me reading with a mix of desperation and dread of what would happen next, strong faith, and compassion. It is highly recommended.
  3. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Astonishingly Good
    January 4, 2018
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage." (p 65)

    I love Lori Benton's books but I have to say that Many Sparrows is by far my favourite to date. And that's saying something considering how much I adore her writing. But this story just struck a cord with me. I connected with Clare right from the start. Am in awe of her courage and determination in the face of insurmountable odds. And Jeremiah, a man of solid faith, determined to do what is right. Their breathtaking story is spellbinding. So many twists and turns and the agony of waiting on the Lord plays out in gut-wrenching ways.

    Benton has a heart for this time period and the Native American people. She paints pictures with her words; creates entire scenes with a simple sentence. Rich, vivid, details make me feel like I can smell the smoke of the campfires, picture exactly what the inside of a wegiwa looks like. I'm in awe of the historical details and the care with which the author does her research. It creates a living piece of history that has the power to stir emotions. And I couldn't help but see some unfortunate parallels in past and present. A moving and uplifting historical romance that has also proven to be thought-provoking.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Many Sparrows
    December 22, 2017
    Beverly Duell-moore
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I was unable to put this book down when I started to read it! Such a fantastic book written by Lori Benton. I recognized many names and places in the book since I live near some places mentioned. A great read for any historical fiction fan. It was a great book!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic book full of history; entirely captivating!
    November 28, 2017
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lori Benton wrote a fantastic book that is hard to put down. When I first started, I wanted to set it aside because I justcouldn't handle the sadness of what happened. I didn't, though, and it is a book that taught me a lot of history. Even though I completely disagree with what Logan did, I can understand where he was coming from with such a broken heart.

    I felt like I was immersed into the Shawnee tribe as I was reading. I learned a lot about their customs and the way they would take children to help with the loss of one of their own children. I can't imagine what it would have been like to be in either side...the one who lost a child or the one who was using another child to replace their child that died. All I can think of is utter heartbreak.

    The growth in Clare was stunning to read about. Her despair and then her attempt to try to wait on God's timing were not easy things, but watching it all play out was beautiful. She went from a woman wanting to only have her son back, to a woman with a full heart and full hands!

    I absolutely loved many of the Shawnees. Wolf Alone intrigued me, as well as Wildcat. I do with she would have told more of their story, but perhaps they will reappear in a separate novel. I really do hope so! It would be a great story to write, as I know I cannot be the only reader very intrigued by their former lives.

    Jacob's name of "Many Sparrows" was definitely fitting. I did laugh a little as to why they chose this Shawnee name for him! I could see the biblical reference and had never thought about the other reasoning.

    Clare's husband, Philip, was a man that I had mixed feelings about. I felt like he didn't truly love her or listen to her. I'm sure he did love her, but his stubbornness led to a changed life for every single one of them.

    The battle between the army and the Shawnee was hard to read. I know it happened and I understand why, but it was heartbreaking to see how they had been treated. It was hard to see both sides not accepting each other for what each could bring to the table. However, Cornstalk and Nonhelema were bold, courageous, and I absolutely loved these characters. It was interesting to read in the Author's Notes that Lori Benton had gotten to talk to a descendant of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk. How amazing would that have been! Yes, I'm the reader that aboslutely loves to read the author's notes!

    If I have one plea for her next book, pick up where Wolf Alone and Wildcat were left off at!

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    I received this book free from Waterbrook and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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