Many Sparrows

Many Sparrows

by Lori Benton


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601429940
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 755,112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

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Many Sparrows 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Windi More than 1 year ago
WOW! What a beautiful story - and so well written. I can't wait to dive in and read more of this 18th century world she has built in her books. Heart-wrenching! How can a story be so full of hope and joy amidst circumstances that seem impossible to bear - or resolve? This reader recommends you find out for yourself and thinks you won't be disappointed. I am now seeking another book by this author as soon as I finish this review. Thank you NetGalley, waterbrook and Multnomah, and Lori Benton for the complimentary digital copy. All opinions are expressly my own. I highly recommend this book and would consider purchasing for myself or a friend.
irishniff More than 1 year ago
Filled with beautiful illustrations of the meaning of sacrifice and unconditional love, this book had me in tears. Lori Benton is an amazing storyteller. From the beginning, I was hooked by this engrossing tale. My heart was fully engaged as lessons were learned out of such difficult times. The reality of learning to trust was authentically portrayed as a struggle, which I appreciated. The characters were well written and developed. The vast amount of research involved was evident throughout the book. This poignant story will remain with me. Truly, a must read. I won a copy of this book. All opinions are mine.
FHlady More than 1 year ago
Nobody does historical fiction regarding the clashes between Native Americans and whites better than Lori Benton. Every book of hers I have read has been amazing. Her historical detail and research is incredible. It shows on every page of the book. Her understanding of the lives and culture of the Native Americans during the westward expansion and their struggle to retain their land, even before the Revolutionary War, is displayed in every event that takes place within their society. Within all of this, Benton incorporates a spiritual element that is true to both cultures and plays a beautiful role in her storyline. Clare's development and growth in faith throughout all she encountered both in her early marriage, her loss of her son, and her adjustments and trials within the Shawnee camp was so well done. Benton brought her feelings to life as you felt Clare's betrayal, torment, disappointment, frustration and every other feeling imaginable. Jeremiah Ring was such a strong, faith filled hero who was always there to ground Clare from the birth of Pippa to their reunion at the end. The major characters from the Shawnee tribe: Rain Crow, Falling Hawk, Wildcat, Crosses-the Path, and Wolf-Alone, each added a dimension to this wonderful story. My hope is that Benton will write a sequel to continue to story of Jeremiah, Clare, the children and Uncle Alphus. Their appears more adventures await this family. Five star read and one of my favorites of 2018.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Many Sparrows is a book that tells a haunting tale of what life may have been like living in the colony of America and of the bitter conflicts between the settlers and the Native Americans. Claire Inglesby is a woman that really would be just like any of us. She stood by her husband when he lost his fortune, tried her best to love him and absolutely loved her son. Understandably, Claire was not happy with her husband when he decided to move his family further west, in very dangerous times and while Claire was very pregnant with her second child. Things continue to get worse and Philip leaves his pregnant wife and 4-year old son to get help. He never assumed he would not be coming back. Claire is found in dire straits by Jeremiah Ring, a man of two worlds- the whites and the Native Americans. Claire is faced with any parent’s ultimate fear- her son has gone missing. After helping Claire give birth, Jeremiah finds out was has truly happened and this knowledge puts him in the middle of a very complicated situation, especially when the whole country is about to blow over land and race relations. Author Benton did a great job of putting us in Claire’s shoes when her whole world went out of whack and the love and desperation she felt for her children. Jeremiah was a good man, ever patient, but I could certainly and did feel for Claire and her frustrations at not having her problems solved in the most obvious matter. The author really illuminated some of the native customs in regards to adoption of people, how it is so different from how we view adoption now. I have found that when I read a Lori Benton book, she gives us a well-rounded story and brings clarification on all sides of the situation, making us care for all the characters, or at least understanding their decisions better. This one kept me up quite late and had me thinking about it even when I was not reading it. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
KingofkingsPrincess More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Lori Benton that I have read but it will not be the last. Her historical research shined thru in the clarity of descriptions of battles and landscape. She constructed fascinating pictures of the Shawnee homestead and clothing. Characters revealed just enough of their true selves along the path of struggles to reveal they were realistic and not making choices just to drag out the plot. Lori used Scripture quotes throughout the book as characters remembered comforting or encouraging words to share with each other. She even shared when they had a crises of faith and let her characters be honest about where they fell short. I’ve never been so appreciative of the dictionary function in an ebook. Lori Benton used many rich words that fit the story accurately and kept me learning along the journey. I am extremely grateful to WaterBrook & Multnomah Publishers and NetGalley for sharing the ebook of Many Sparrows with me in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have searched for a writer with loris talent who can combine her characters with true events and a faith in God
Kaelme More than 1 year ago
A sweeping tale of pain, suffering, and the faith that gives hope despite it all. Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is beautiful, lyrical, and poignant. It combines a story that envelopes us with hard truths that can bring us closer to the God who holds all in his hand. This story is rich in history. And when I say rich, I mean RICH. Benton’s prose transports you to a time and place wholly new, yet described so well it takes little work to find yourself transfixed by the era. Details of the western expansion and the resulting conflicts with Native Americans come to life – with the beautiful result of stirring authentic compassion for both sides. Like Benton’s hero Jeremiah, readers are taken on a journey that finds them pulled between two worlds and two cultures – each understood and logical on their own but, once combined, at odds with each other. Benton’s plot, rather than setting atop the setting, weaves itself seamlessly through its historical time period, lending authenticity to each point and turn introduced. The plot never seems forced and it moves well. I didn’t find any parts to be lagging and none felt superfluous. This is a story that finds that delicate balance between the constant action of plot-driven works and the lilting prose of sagas that rely overly on personal drama. While there are external conflicts aplenty, there are just as many believable internal conflicts. The heroine’s grief and loss is not something easily solved by pat answers delayed only by plot twists. Instead, this is a story of the heart. It’s a story of grief pointing us all toward the only One who can heal and complete us. I’m a lover of Christian fiction because of books like these – books that make me want to highlight and underline and otherwise mark up the truths that authors have written throughout the pages. Jesus told stories to point out truths. Story can be powerful in that way. And this story embraces that possibility. Be prepared to struggle with the heroine as she discovers what it means to (despite legitimate pain) wait on the Author of all. Faith is a struggle…and this novel wholly embraces that truth.
Andrea_Renee_Cox More than 1 year ago
by Andrea Renee Cox Heartache in a Book DISCLOSURE: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, authors, and sites like Netgalley, Litfuse Publicity Group, and Blogging for Books. They do not require me to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. From the outset of this story, I knew it was going to twist my heart into a pretzel. While I didn’t much care for Philip, his arguing with his wife was what first endeared me to Clare. It was clear she wanted the best thing for her family, and it’s hard sometimes to know what that is, especially when the leader of the family is off chasing a whim. I’m glad I stuck through with Clare through the stubbornness she displayed often throughout the remainder of the book, because her heart journey was exquisite. To have one’s son stolen by Indians and then to attempt to gain those Indians’ trust in order to get merely a glimpse of the child lost to you… I can imagine how much one’s heart would wrench and ache in that scenario. My favorite character was Wolf-Alone. He was quite mysterious, and I can’t remember him in The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn (I wish I had time to reread that one right now!), but he was the type of guy who stands for what he believes in and tries to keep the peace but is willing to fight for his people too. Ultimate hero, right there. So yeah. I may have to dig out my copy of Tamsen after all. I want to see what happens next to Wolf-Alone, who might just go by a different name in the other book. The thing in this book that made me cry was the faith arc. So beautiful. Learning to trust that God has a good path for His children, even if it looks scary or filled with pain and heartache, is so important. It’s something I try my best to remember when I’m facing a tough trial, that God will work it out for His good plan. All things work together for God’s good plan, and if we’re patient enough to wait and struggle and trust Him through the trials, He just might give us a glimpse of the bigger picture when the time is right. Oh, to have that kind of perseverance. I’m aiming for it every day. While I enjoyed many parts of Many Sparrows, there were a few things I took issue with. These are the reasons I gave only three out of five stars: * There was too much detail of a body part during pregnancy. * There were many detailed mentions of nursing a baby (including body parts and partial nudity). * There was female nudity among the Indians, including while among males. * “Lord,” in reference to God, was used too loosely once. The reason I did not drop more stars due to the nudity is because I’m giving the author the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps Indians dressed that skimpy among themselves during the 1770s. I have not researched that, so I don’t know for sure. It’s something I’m uncomfortable reading, and were I writing a fictional story, I would probably tweak that to uphold my own set of morals as a writer and simply explain the difference in a note to the reader. However, I respect Ms. Benton for wanting to portray real life in her book. She’s a very talented author who always immerses the reader into the scenes in her stories because her descriptions and characters and story-worlds are spectacular, engaging, and realistic.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Many Sparrows is a stirring story! Benton engaged my senses from the very beginning, transporting me into the rugged wilderness and bringing to life the characters who lived there. Clare and Jeremiah share a dramatic and emotional journey, and I was captivated by their heart-wrenching experiences. Rich in history, Many Sparrows is a poignant story of tragedy and triumph. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
I am new to Lori Benton's works.  This will not be the last Benton book that I read. I am a fan for life now. I had no idea what to expect with this book, and wow! Was I ever surprised!  The messages woven with in this story are wonderful. Watching the characters, seeing the spiritual and emotional struggles they endured, was incredible. I became them for a time, while I turned the pages of this amazingly written novel. The details that Ms. Benton adds to this story, are beautifully done and I loved the feeling I got as I was transported to another place in time.  I highly recommend this novel! Four stars, and two thumbs, this book should be on everyone's book shelf! This book will twist you up, spin you around and leave you wanting more from this amazingly talented author. Well done, Ms. Benton!  *I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Blog Tours/Waterbrook Press and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was an incredible writing and compelling to read with the story that was inspired base from the historically the Americans during the Revolutionary war “ Dunmore’s war” along the Ohio River Kentucky frontier in 1774. The story as hopeful as it is heartrending, struggling, and faith that had been captive to the end by a wonderfully and authentic characters for us to discovery the story of a woman love and fighting of her life to reclaim her son from the Shawnee waiting for hope for the return of her husband and wondering what about her life with child four year old and one inside her will become with out him. Only God will fight this for them. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for this review”.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
What an epic story! I was completely immersed in the time period and setting with Clare as she fights for her son. It's definitely a heartbreaking journey and the process of change she goes through is profound. Jeremiah's support and patience is a Godsend to her, although she doesn't always see him that way when he doesn't act as swiftly as she'd like. The struggles and experiences portrayed seem unreal, but I know that they are based on history and the realities that settlers and natives faced. I appreciate the meticulous research of the author and I feel like it really made the story come to life. The powerful themes of waiting on God and trusting that He will work all things for our good are strongly felt in the long journey Clare and her family are on. Highly recommend!!! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
I first picked up “Many Sparrows” because I’ve been hearing how amazing it was from other bloggers. Plus, I’m a huge fan of anything historical. I’m also a sucker for anything to do with Native Americans because they have such rich history. So obviously I am going to tell you that you need to read this. This is a book that will tug at the heart and will leave you thinking about the characters and plot long after the story is finished. Now if you’re looking for a cute pick-me-up, this is not for you. We are dealing with some hard battles. This will bring tears (so make sure those tissues are handy), but it will also warm the heart. It will inspire you. Clare is one of those characters who is strong, who despite her fear, walks into the unknown alone. She’s a mother who cares and loves her son. She will do anything to fight for him even if it means sometimes doing something completely stupid. The author handles this story with grace and love. I felt as if I personally knew the characters. Benton’s research shines throughout the novel and makes this authentic to the time period. The author also doesn’t portray the Indians as evil. She shows that most of them are good, but there are some who aren’t. She shows us why they do what they do from almost every angle. She shares the sad history without belittling anyone. She writes with honor and respect to a culture that is far different from ours. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Lori Benton's vivid storytelling brings history to life in a way that fills every sense and emotion. Many Sparrows is a powerful soul-stirring story! The author completely engages readers by embracing the conflicted atmosphere of this period at an intimate level and unfolding the tale from different angles and perspectives. Clare Inglesby's plight downright ripped my mama-heart out but OH, how I admire her fierce determination. Clare's character is one who readers will easily relate to and become invested in! Jeremiah Ring is a larger than life, enigmatic figure from the moment he appears on the page. Jeremiah is a protective and loyal man of faith and his character is loaded with many layers. Many Sparrows is packed to the brim with delightful secondary characters, a solid faith message, and fascinating historical aspects of colonial life. Themes of perseverance, forgiveness, adoption, and hope are woven through this riveting storyline. I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher and Litfuse. The opinions expressed are my own.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
Once I started to read "Many Sparrows" by author Lori Benton I was thrown into the time when women and men lived without anything to hold onto to except their faith and their families. Claire was a young mother who had to face horrible events in her life. She is ready to have her baby when she finds herself alone with her young son. Then he disappears and she is alone. What is she going to do ? Will she die giving birth? Where is her son? Will she ever get him back. I was deeply moved by how strong and how much Claire went through. Is she going to have enough faith to carry on? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Company and all opinions are mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lori Benton is, hands down, one of my absolute favorite authors. I first fell in love with her writing when I read “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn” and I’ve since put her on the top of my list of best writers I’ve ever read. I knew I would adore “Many Sparrows” before I read it, but, as usual, I underestimated just how much. From the very first page, I was hooked. Jeremiah’s strong, selfless nature captured my heart, and Clare’s love for her son and courage kept me rooting for her and turning pages. I enjoyed seeing the growth in each character as they journeyed through this epic story, and the spiritual message woven throughout was powerful and tear-jerking. Truly, a masterpiece of a book. I highly recommend “Many Sparrows” and all of Lori’s titles!
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
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.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
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.
joanhochstetler More than 1 year ago
Lori Benton recreates the world of the Virginia colonists and the Shawnee in 1774 in vivid, haunting detail, while capturing a mother’s desperate determination to bring both her newborn and her stolen son safely home—wherever that home may lie. It’s a goal that seems impossible to reach even when Jacob is found. And even as Clare is increasingly drawn to Jeremiah Ring, the mysterious stranger who appeared to help her in her time of greatest need, she chafes mightily against his insistence on patience and waiting for God to act. But Jeremiah has learned from his own bitter experience that only God can reconcile a situation as intractable as the one they find themselves in. Can he convince Clare to wait for the Lord’s perfect timing? Will she deny the unexpected love blossoming in the midst of brokenness? I love the verse quoted at the beginning of the book, which gave this story its title: Jesus assuring his followers that the Father cares for every sparrow that falls to the ground, and that we are worth more to Him than many sparrows. And as I mulled over the deep insights in this story, I remembered the words of an old song: “My eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” He does indeed. And Many Sparrows beautifully reminds us of that precious truth.
Nettie1 More than 1 year ago
Lori Benton is one of my favorite authors of all time. I long to read everything she writes and Many Sparrows, her newest story, is astounding. Lori brings characters that are so richly developed they steal your heart away. This story is about the plight of a young mother, Clare, who gives birth in the wilderness aided only by a stranger. Her young son, who was waiting in the wagon during the early hours of her ordeal has vanished into the harsh wilderness. Clare is desperate to find her young son but how can she find him with a newborn at her breast? The stranger, Jeremiah Ring, is compelled to help her in her quest to find young Jacob. The journey is harsh, unforgiving and eventually brings Clare into an Indian village that is alien to her but not to her companion. Clare, in her overwhelming fear and need to find her son, puts Jeremiah in the position of liaison between herself and circumstances she cannot understand, that hold her son out of her reach. Jeremiah must show her that patience and perseverance can prevail, but not without trust and sacrifice. Clare struggles to understand that God has a plan for her and for her son and that she must relinquish control into the hands of One who loves her son far more than even she does. The relationship that develops between Clare and Jeremiah stirred my heart from the moment they meet. Life on the frontier and in the Indian village is beautifully revealed under the masterful pen of Ms Benton. I was drawn into the pages of this story from page one. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my review. My review cannot be glowing enough with this amazing story. A forever keeper!
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is a beautiful tale. Clare’s desperate longing to be reunited with her son gives the story a poignant pull as she learns to trust God and release her beloved boy into His hands. Jeremiah is a compelling hero, strong and faithful and wise, but with an underlying sadness that draws you in. The lives of both the settlers and the Shawnees are rendered with such compassion and realism that the clashes between them are even more harrowing. Many Sparrows is an exquisite novel that stays with you long after the last page is turned. Savor it.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
A stunning masterpiece of the written word. Lori Benton tackles a story of a devastating time in our history and draws us in and we hurt when they hurt , feel the fear and confusion, but we also find our Faith is stronger when we are finished. These characters will remain with me for a long time. You can't help but feel this is The Best Read of 2017. Make sure you have tissues as it will touch you deeply and profoundly. You will not want to put it down and will walk away feeling blessed to have read it. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I am never disappointed by a Lori Benton book. I could not put this book down. I cried during this story. I felt awful for Clare and for Abigail. What happened during these times of war were horrible for all. It was hard for Jeremiah also. It was never fair for whites that were rais d as Indians to be made to go back to a world that they no longer understood. I received a copy of this book from bloogingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.