SUMMARY: Hearts are divided. Loyalties will be tested. The fates of two families hang in the balance.
Twenty years ago, during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry in 1757, a young Redcoat named Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy - the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins - 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 Two Hawks and the Oneida warriors, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture but united by love and faith must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.
REVIEW: Lori Benton does it again and knocks the ball out of the park with this novel. Having read all her other novels except for Book One in this series, The Wood's Edge, she carries on her distinct style and, with it, her readers. The research she puts into each one comes out as you read about the battles, locations, lifestyles of both Native Americans and colonialists and the mindset of times. I felt like I was right there beside the characters and could feel the depth of hurt, love, anger and other emotions each one went through. There were times I was so caught up in the story that I had a hard time adjusting when I had to set my book down. This is a novel you will want to read.
This is the second book in this series. I did not have the opportunity to read the first one. The author did a great job explaining the first novel as she went along so that I did not feel I missed anything. Some time in the future, I hope to read the first just to fill in the gaps and have a complete understanding of the events.
This is one author that you need to keep on your radar.
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Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, where she was surrounded by three hundred years of American history. Now her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of our nation's history. She is the multiple award-winning author of numerous books including Burning Sky, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and The Wood's Edge (Book one in the Pathfinders series). Lori makes her home in Oregon.