I have always had a love for American history but I now much prefer learning about it through the pages of historical fiction novels. Lori Benton would probably be my go-to author for books about the pre-Revolution years when most of the United States was still a wilderness and heading west meant traveling to Ohio or Kentucky. It was a time of conflict between colonists and the Native Americans who found themselves being displaced from their home territory.
I have read all of Benton’s books thus far and I find that each one seems to get better than the last one. She pretty much proves the old saying that “practice makes perfect”. I can only imagine how good her novels will be in a few years if she continues to write but I don’t know how she could surpass near perfection. “Many Sparrows” not only related the story of Clare Inglesby and Jeremiah Ring but it transported me right into the middle of the action. I experienced the adrenaline from the danger, grieved along with Clare, and rejoiced with her too.
Benton’s characters are so well formed. Clare was an extraordinarily strong woman with an equally strong will. Who else would attempt to birth her own baby then quickly begin a search for a missing child? Jeremiah was also a strong man, well-versed in the ways of the wilderness yet compassionate and gentle when the situation required. I found myself hoping that the two of them would end up together almost from the moment they met.
“Many Sparrows” is a page-turner that kept me reading until all hours of the night. I particularly appreciated the author’s emphasis on trusting God and waiting on His direction.
If like me, you love American history, “Many Sparrows” as well as any other novel by Lori Benton should be on your TBR list. I highly recommend it.
I received a copy of this book from the author after winning an online giveaway. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed 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 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?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.