This book, just as every Lori Benton book before it, had me hanging on its every word. This story is meant to be savored, from the first page to the very last. I was immersed into Clare and Jeremiah’s world for the entire breathtaking journey. It’s another one of those stories I’ll carry with me for a very long time.
What stood out to me the most with Many Sparrows was its spiritual theme of trusting God in all things and waiting on His perfect will no matter what. The message of faith is so important to the problems and heartache Clare faces. And the dear woman faces a great deal of it. Watching her struggle and grasp after peace offers a challenge for all readers. A message for all of us to ponder. Simply stunning.
So many characters emerged unforgettable in their roles and I know I won’t be forgetting them any time soon. The history is rich in detail and haunting. The author has such a way of weaving facts into her fiction that I can hardly ever tell the two apart.
I loved discovering what the title meant too. I loved Jeremiah and his split allegiances and his heart for God. He is a worthy hero. I loved the surprises and plot twists. I loved it all. Every last bit of it.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 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; A Flight of Arrows; and Many Sparrows.
Visit her at http://loribenton.blogspot.com/