Review of The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

Leah Courtney
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The Wood's Edge is a different sort of novel. It isn't a romance novel or a suspense novel but there are elements of love and of suspense in it. Set during the 1700s, beginning during the French and Indian War, it was very interesting to me because of the historical elements which are detailed and accurate.

The novel isn't a light, easy read. The characters are well-developed, and there is much of their thought and feelings woven into the story. Although the story is told from 3rd person point of view, it often focuses on one character or another. As I read I was absorbed into the story of the their lives.

The only sort of awkward thing for me was the time element. Instead of relating the main characters' story through a back story sort of way, the book begins in 1757 and continues through 1776. Personally, I have a hard time following a story through a long time period. It is totally a personal preference, and Lori Benton does an excellent job helping the reader to keep up with what's happening. But it just is difficult for me.

All in all, I truly love the story of The Wood's Edge. It's a beautiful story that is truly well-developed and compelling. I give it five stars and a PG rating (although there is a good bit of war related violence).

You can find The Wood's Edge on Amazon here.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Wood's Edge
WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
Lori Benton


Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori's first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.


At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Wood's Edge, go HERE.

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