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A Flight of Arrows #2, in The Pathfinders Series by Lori Benton
A son stolen…his twin left behind…and the enraged father’s life is quickly unraveling. Stone Thrower wants revenge on Reginald Aubrey. But Reginald is far from free, nor is his family. Now with the war closing in, both families must find a way to make peace…or perhaps lose everything. Can love ultimately heal their wounds?
Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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 boythe 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, Williams 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 Gods 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
Lauraine Snelling, best-selling author of the Red River of the North saga
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Stunning Revolutionary War and Family dramaSeptember 11, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Path Finders series by Lori Benton is an epic historical rich in the themes of forgiveness, sacrifice, and ultimate love. In book one, The Woods Edge, we have two families forever intricately woven together by a deceitful, life altering decision made by one man on a night of extreme horror. That first book takes us through nineteen years with two families whose decisions are bonded by vengeance, prejudice, and fear. It is also a story of two fathers, one ruled by the vengeance and the other ruled by guilt and how this affects their loved ones.
However, what happens when one decides to offer the forgiveness the other so desperately needs as Jesus calls us to do? A Flight of Arrows, the second in the series, shows us just how that necessary yet difficult decision can change more lives than just the ones so close to the situation.
Years later, how can one man accept the stolen Oneida boy as his son yet not offer the same regard to the twin who holds his daughters heart just because his skin is darker? This second book begins on the cusp of the Revolutionary War and the author takes us into the battlefields in a war that helped shape our nation into what it is today. I knew of the Native American Oneidas support that fought on the side of the Americans as they warred against the British for their independence, but I was unaware of how great a sacrifice they made.
This two book series really needs to be read together to grasp the entire story the author wishes for us to understand. This was my first reads by Lori Benton and I look forward to more of her talented writing. Though I do hope she continues with these families in future works.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. The opinions are my own honest ones.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Inspiring SequelAugust 3, 2016JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The second book in Lori Benton's "Pathfinders" series, "A Flight of Arrows," ended beautifully - not perfectly by this world's standards, perhaps, but with an inspirational look beyond that. This book is about forgiveness, healing hearts, and God's mysterious ways. It also gives readers a comprehensive look into an often overlooked facet of Revolutionary War history. I appreciated learning about the different native American tribes, their roles, and the unexpected repercussions for everyone. Such a complicated mess!
This book is the continued story of two families from different cultures connected forever by one desperate man's crime. To learn how the story began, readers will want to start with The Wood's Edge. Then they'll be eager to read A Flight of Arrows to learn what becomes of everyone. I've enjoyed reading both books and am looking forward to more by Lori Benton. I thank Waterbrook Multnomah for sending a complimentary copy of this sequel in exchange for my honest review.
mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Value of Friendship and FamilyJuly 29, 2016mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Set during the Revolutionary War, this book follows "rebel" new Americans and the Oneida Indians as they face off against the British and Indian tribes loyal to the crown. It is set in upstate New York and does a good job of showing the pain on both sides of the battle. Before you think this is just a war story, please know it really focuses on the families of Jonathan Two Hawks and William He-Who-is-Taken, along with the Aubrey family. I enjoyed it as I followed the story of characters I met in the first book of the series called The Pathfinders Series. It made me think about how the English and the Indians had to learn to trust one another and to co-exist.
Thanks to Waterbrook Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Poignant, Powerful, and Raw!July 16, 2016ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If any of you follow me on Goodreads, you know that it normally does not take me long to read a good book (2-3 days). There were several reasons it was hard for me to read this book, none of which had ANYTHING to do with the book itself. A Flight of Arrows is powerful, compelling, and intense. The story is heart-wrenching and had me in its grips from beginning to end. This is not a story for the faint of heart or those of you looking for a fun, light-hearted read.
Lori does an excellent job of describing the war between the British and Americans. She describes the scenery, emotions, and battles in vivid detail (without being too graphic). She also excels in keeping us informed on what is going on both with the menfolk and womenfolk involved in the story, even though they are not together for most of it. This story invokes a powerful feeling of the fear, anxiety, and anger present during the Revolutionary War.
The characters made the story. Lydia, Anna Catherine, Two Hawks, William, Stone Thrower, Reginald and Good Voice come together in an amazing way, and you can see the work of the Lord in each of their lives. The heartache, joys, disappointments, fear, and anger each character feels is gripping and raw and powerful. My heart swelled with emotion for each blow these characters took, and cried in joy with each moment of happiness they were rewarded with. Lori made the characters come to life in my mind with each page.
Now, the reason I had such a hard time reading this book is because of the message. It hit home FOR REAL YALL. Each of these characters had to make choices that would affect the rest of their lives, for the better or worse. The paths we walk are not always clear, as each character comes to realize, but if we ask the Lord for guidance in earnest, He will direct our paths. Two Hawks says it best, Life is a blessing, but it is also a testing. Take the one as you do the other and trust Him who allows all.
Overall, I absolutely LOVED this powerful, emotionally challenging story. I cannot wait to read more from the Pathfinders series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Flight of ArrowsJuly 15, 2016MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a very satisfactory conclusion to the story begun in the book THE WOOD'S EDGE. William Aubrey had fled north to the British army when he discovered the circumstances of his birth and that he was not who he thought he was. Two Hawks, at Anna Catherine's urging, becomes an apprentice for Reginald Aubrey, until something happens that causes him to be banished home. This creates more of a rift between Anna and her father, Reginald. Lydia is still trying to be the peacemaker until she finally gets fed up with their stubbornness. Will William ever be found and reconciled with his families? One of the strongest points of these books is that accepting Christ can cause one to forgive even the unforgivable. This is evidenced in Good Voice and even more so in Stone Thrower. His actions near the end of the book made me weep. I have been wanting to read A FLIGHT OF ARROWS ever since I finished THE WOOD'S EDGE a year ago. It was well worth the wait. I highly recommend both books, especially for lovers of Revolutionary War history.