Lori Benton wrote a fantastic book that is hard to put down. When I first started, I wanted to set it aside because I just couldn’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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Many Sparrows (WaterBrook, August 2017)
Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?
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 and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of “Burning Sky,” recipient of three Christy Awards, “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn,” Christy-nominee “The Wood’s Edge,” and “A Flight of Arrows.”
I received this book free from Waterbrook and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.