The Wood's Edge

The Wood's Edge

by Lori Benton

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ISBN-13: 9781601427328
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Series: Pathfinders Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 594,154
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(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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The Wood's Edge: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
joanhochstetler More than 1 year ago
To read Lori Benton’s novels is to live in the historical worlds she recreates. Never more so than in The Wood’s Edge, the story of two families separated by culture and distance, yet bound inextricably by a single impulsive act that leads to unforeseen—and devastating—consequences. The characters, plot, and setting are gripping in depth and scope, the language and imagery is exquisite, and the deeply moving ending leaves the door open to a series that I’m looking forward to with great anticipation.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read anything by Lori until this book. I have heard wonderful things about her previous books so I was excited to read The Wood’s Edge. I was very much drawn into this story. Lori lays a lot of history for the reader but I was never bored. She weaves it into the story seamlessly, like a natural thread. Much of the part that is on the back cover blurb doesn’t actually take place for a while but I couldn’t wait to get to the part where Anna was older and things start to fall into place. I was intrigued by some point-of-view characters and how that would all play out and why Lori choose those people to see things from. Overall, this story deeply touched me and was just beautiful to read and take in. I would definitely read more of Lori’s work in the future. She has a unique writing voice that you don’t find just anywhere. A copy of this book was given to me by the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I was captivated by The Wood’s Edge from the very first moment that I began reading the story. As I watched Major Reginald Aubrey make the decision to take a child that was not his own, I was intrigued. I knew that his actions would impact not only him, but many people in the future. As the novel unfolded and I followed the two families involved, it became very clear that there could be possible repercussions for generations to come. I really enjoy this author’s writing style. The scenes flowed so beautifully from year to year and the characters truly came to life as I turned the pages. Although the book covers quite a significant time span, I did not feel rushed at all in getting to know the people involved. Instead, I felt that I knew really grew to know them. It was eye opening to see the effect that Reginald’s guilt was having on him and the hatred that was brewing in the heart of Stone Thrower. There are many tough topics introduced in the story and questions are raised about sin, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The author did a very good job of weaving these storylines together. The relationships formed and the love stories that are woven between some of the characters are just beautiful, but not without their share of conflict. The fact that this book ends on the cusp of the American Revolution ups the excitement I have for the next novel. I am anxiously anticipating meeting up with these characters again and watching them navigate through those perilous times. I would like to express my thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book that I received. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read
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This was a richly woven story that gave the reader unique perspectives of situations and events that occurred. I loved each character, and found myself empathizing with heartaches and struggles. I loved this novel, and hardly could put it down.
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mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Wood’s Edge is the first book in Lori Benton’s The Pathfinders series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in, but the description thoroughly intrigued me, so I was actually pretty excited to read this book. However, I never expected I would love it as much as I did. This book is phenomenal! It didn’t take long for me to find myself completely captivated by this story, and it was extremely difficult to put it down when reality stepped in. I’m definitely a fan of Lori’s now, and I cannot wait to read more in this series. The story of Reginald’s deception, and Anna’s secret meetings with Two Hawks, quickly took hold of my heart, and even now I cannot stop thinking about it, and about what is going to happen next. There are so many elements to this story, which is part of what makes it so captivating, and I am really impressed with how well Lori tied all of the pieces together. I never would have expected all of the twists and turns that this book would take, especially with how William discovered the truth. But I have to say, I hoped Anna and Two Hawks would end up like they did. I was very glad when their paths crossed, and then twisted until they became irrevocably entwined. Anyway, I also never would have expected Lydia; she isn’t mentioned at all in the description so when parts started being in her perspective, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Before much time had passed, however, I was loudly cheering for her to finally have what her heart had always longed for (I can’t say any more than that or I’ll spoil everything). One part of this story that really tore at my heart was how harshly Reginald Aubrey punished himself for the sins of his past. I know that he loved William, there’s no question about it, but I still felt like he was somewhat detached from William because always reminded Reginald of what he had done, and maybe even because Reginald couldn’t let himself purely love someone who was there because of an impure past. Anyway, I cannot tell you how long I waited for Reginald to forgive himself, and how badly I wanted him to stop torturing himself over something he couldn’t undo, and I can’t say that I’m not still waiting still—partly because I don’t want to ruin the story but also because there is a second book and there’s a possibility he still hasn’t forgiven himself yet. Anyway, I really, really enjoyed this book, and I cannot help giving it all five bookshelves. It made it on to my all-time favorites list, so I really can’t give it any less! On top of that, I’m also dying to be able to read the second book in the series, which doesn’t come out for another month. I cannot wait to read more about this story, and I highly recommend this part of it to anyone who’s looking for a good read! (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Reginald Aubrey didn't think his wife could handle the loss of yet another child. So once Heldidd fell asleep, he took the stillborn baby and switched it with one of the native's newborn twins. He reasoned with himself that she had two healthy babies, he prayed that he was doing right thing...was he? Will he ever come to terms with tricking his wife into believing that the little boy she loves so dearly isn't really hers? Will the ever growing affection that Lydia has for Reginald ever be acknowledged or returned? This was a beautifully written story about love and God's timing. The story spans twenty years, so you can see love bloom between Anna Catherine and Two Hawks. You also see the internal struggle Two Hawks had with keeping who he was a secret. I loved seeing how much the Oneida clan changed once they accepted Jesus. I really hope there's going to be a book two, I would absolutely love to see the friendship between Stone Thrower and Reginald grow
DruCampbell More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a Lori Benton book I am newly reminded what a remarkable writer she is. Reading The Woods Edge was no different as I was carried away by the quality and originality of the writing and was then dropped into the time and place—1757 New York with a cast of unique and deeply developed characters. Lori’s knowledge of the people of that time, including the American Natives, is breathtaking. This story is detailed and gritty and reveals the truth of hunankind’s hearts and how all mankind is on equal footing before the Lord. The story covers approximately twenty years in the lives of its characters. And I nearly stumbled half way through because of the extended plot line. But Lori’s beautiful writing carried me on and I am so thankful I didn’t give up on this story. Every word and plot twist is necessary. The power of the ending still feels like an explosion of hope and insight in my spirit. This redemption story is one you should not miss. It will transform your own thinking while it carries you into the dark places of men’s hearts and then opens your eyes to the hope and joy that is given by God to those who are willing to relinquish their own wills to His. This book will go on my shelf and come off again to be reread.
Andrea_Renee_Cox More than 1 year ago
by Andrea Renee Cox I’ve been hearing tons of great things about Lori Benton’s latest novel, The Wood’s Edge, so I just had to read it for myself. Before I tell you my thoughts on the book, here’s the premise, borrowed from Lori’s website: 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? At the end of chapter one, I gasped and thought, “There’s no way this has a happy ending.” Throughout most of the book, I was torn between hating it and falling in love with it. As a woman who was almost kidnapped twice as a young girl, I wasn’t sure I could get past the fact that Reginald Aubrey had stolen a baby to raise as his own child. But like Good Voice, the child’s mother, my heart took a journey I didn’t expect during the reading of The Wood’s Edge. I found myself hoping each character involved, by theft or by blood, would come to a divine peace about the whole situation. I cannot tell you what happened, of course, for that would spoil the story for you. However, I can tell you that waiting until mid-April of next year for the release of the next book in the Pathfinders series (A Flight of Arrows) will be a difficult trial of my patience. The most amazing part to me of The Wood’s Edge was how author Lori Benton wove a thread of hope through a tale borne from a hopeless scenario. It takes quite the artist, with a large dose of inspiration from the original Author, to craft such a work of art. Lori’s books may torture me at times, for the tough topics she broaches, but there is a strain of innocence, a sweet beauty that never fails to whisper to my heart. Thank you to Blogging for Books for giving me a copy of The Wood’s Edge in exchange for my honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
A stunningly exquisite novel! Three families experience the far-reaching consequences of one man's choice. A decision made during a horrific ordeal that scarred the lives of many. The Wood's Edge spans two decades, two very different cultures, and the intricacies of life that binds them all together. With her trademark attention to detail and historical accuracy, Lori Benton has penned a gripping tale that will take readers on an emotionally intense journey through a very fascinating time in U.S. History. I am continually in awe of the amount of research that goes into each story. Rich detail and imagery so immerse me in each page that I feel like I am right there with the characters. The Wood's Edge so engaged my senses that time ceased to exist and it was a rude shock whenever I was interrupted even for only a few minutes. And each time my fingers itched to pick up the book and return to 1700's America. As a history buff I also really appreciate how accurately Lori Benton portrays the clothing, customs, and even viewpoints of the different characters. I will freely admit that I started this book in the morning intending on reading a little here and there. Did. Not. Happen. I started in the morning and finished in the late evening, and this is no short book. I just couldn't seem to put it down and even when I was forced to I was still constantly thinking about the characters and both what had happened to them and what might happen. The Wood's Edge is an amazing story of tragedy and faith, love, betrayal, and forgiveness. And Lori Benton is one of the best historical fiction authors I have ever read. I will excitedly await and devour any book she writes, I'm just not sure I can survive until 2016 to find out what happens next in The Path Finders series. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wood's Edge--wow! How do I begin to express my feelings toward this book? It is such a powerful story of love and forgiveness and how that forgiveness is only possible through the power of God and HIS love. I wish this was a book I'd read for bookclub because there are so many things to discuss--the choices, the secrets, the heartbreaks, the paths to God. I think I will recommend my book club reads it, perhaps next spring, so I can read it again just before the next book, A Flight of Arrows, is released. I was glad I was reading an actual book, rather than an ebook, because each chapter is dated and often there is quite a gap in time between. I frequently had to flip back to the previous chapter to see when it was so I could figure out how much time had passed and how old Anna was. I would give The Wood's Edge 5 of 5 stars. It is a book to savor. My only regret is having to wait almost a year to be able to read the next book in the series. I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
Nettie1 More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story! You will be invited back in time as this story unfolds. The author’s ability to bring a story to life, through historical fiction, is nearly unmatched. This was a time of great challenge and change in the development of America. Ms. Benton brings us characters facing deep trials of heart and spirit. I was swept up into a world where one decision made, in one quick moment of time, impacted so many lives in such different ways. The story opens in 1757, as Fort William Henry is captured. A British soldier bearing away the lifeless body of his newborn son stumbles upon an Indian woman who has just birthed a set of twins. As the mother lies exhausted and half asleep following her labor, he makes the decision to switch the body of his dead baby with one of the twins. The twin who is as fair of skin as the Indian woman, who though raised as an Indian, is as white as he. This decision sets in motion heartbreak and sorrow for the British soldier as he faces the torment of his impulsive decision; for the young Indian woman and her husband as her arms long for her stolen son, knowing he will be raised completely different from his twin a world apart from the Indian way; and for the children themselves, two brothers, torn apart. One who doesn’t even know the other exists and believes he is the son of the British soldier, Reginald Aubrey. Lori Benton has a beautiful way of fleshing out her characters with hearts and souls. I fell in love with Two Hawks, Good Voice, Anna and Lydia, especially. Their stories interweave because of a decision that none of them could control. There was romance, suspense, tears and above all, hope, as I read this book. The message of God’s forgiveness and restoration against nearly impossible odds weaves through the pages. The Wood’s Edge is the first of two books in the Pathfinder’s Series. While I eagerly look forward to the next book, “Flight of Arrows”, I found the author was able to strike the delicate balance between satisfaction and anticipation in the conclusion of “The Wood’s Edge.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton is a fascinating historical romance. The Wood’s Edge is the first book in the Pathfinders series. Major Reginald Aubrey is holding his dead infant son and does know what he is going to tell his wife. His wife is fragile and he is not sure she can handle this news. They are also having to abandon their fort. The English have surrendered Fort William Henry to the French. They have to leave now or be killed by the Indians. Then Major Aubrey sees a woman asleep in an alcove with twins. One baby looks very similar to his son. The woman was being held captive by Indians when the English rescued her (little did they know that she did not want to be rescued). Major Aubrey quickly switches the infants. This one incident will change so many people’s lives. As Reginald, Heledd (his wife), and their infant son, William flee towards Fort Edward they discover a little girl (about ten months old) next to dead bodies. The Indians killed her parents and were about to kill the little girl when Major Aubrey rescued her. Heledd is less than thrilled with the new addition. The family reaches Fort Edward and are taken into the McClaren household. Mr. McClaren is the local apothecary and helps Reginald heal from his wounds. Lydia Eve McClaren is fourteen and is taken with Reginald Aubrey as well as her father’s occupation (which is not considered suitable for a woman). Good Voice was the white woman who was captured from the Indians. When she awakens, she receives help from Clear Day. He is the uncle to her husband, Stone Thrower. He helps her escape Fort William Henry with the twins. Once they are outside the fort, Good Voice discovers the dead child. She immediately knows that it is not her child. Good Voice remembers the other woman in labor and her last name. When Good Voice returns to the Indian camp, she tells her husband about the switch. Stone Thrower is then bent on getting his son back and revenge on “Red Coat Aubrey”. Unfortunately, Stone Thrower turns to rum for comfort. They name the remaining twin, Two Hawks. After Reginald’s father passes away, he buys a farm in Schenectady for the family. Heledd is not happy. She just wants to go home to Wales. Heledd was always fragile and escaping the Indians did not help her mentally. She clings to her son, ignores Anne Catherine (the little girl they rescued), and stays inside their home (she is afraid Indians will be nearby). The book goes on to tell the story of how Good Voice, Stone Thrower, Clear Day, and Two Hawks continue to look for William as William grows up with the Aubrey’s. To find out what happens with Heledd, Reginald, Lydia, William, Anna, Good Voice, and Two Hawks, check out The Wood’s Edge. The Wood’s Edge is an interesting story, but we are left without a real ending. We have to wait until the next book comes out to see what happens. The book is heavy on history and goes from 1759 to 1776 (the beginning of the United States of America). I have only told you a little bit of what happens in this book (the main story line). I give The Wood’s Edge 4 out of 5 stars. I liked the book (but did not love it) and will definitely read the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of The Wood’s Edge from Blogging for Books (and Waterbrook Press) in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
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. 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? Thus begins the story of lies, deceit, regret, grief, heartbreak, broken lives, love, and forgiveness. The message of The Wood’s Edge is that we are all people, created by One God, and our only way to heaven is to repent our sins to Jesus, His Son. When we accept that, we can let go of all our anger, bitterness, and hatred against those who wronged us and find the joy, love, and acceptance in life. Each character had to go through a journey of coming to accept what God was offering them and each story was unique. The characters finely woven together in the mist of well-researched historical events of the early New York frontier, home to the Oneida tribe and to the British colonials. A great story and a good one to begin your summer reading. I received copy of book from WaterBrook Publisher in their Blogging for Books program for my review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
"...if knowing God in my heart means losing a little of what it means to be Oneida...I think it is only what must be remade in every man who comes to Creator through His Son, Jesus. White, black, red and any other sort of man. If I have lost anything, what I have gained is a trade in my favor."  Despite the fact that it took me so long to read this book, it was excellent. I loved the story from beginning to end. The descriptions of life in Colonial America before the war of Independence was exceptional. You can tell the author did her research. I loved the setting, the characters, and the story. I loved that the story was told through several points of view of a time span of 20 years or so.  The author did an amazing job with the description of the characters and their emotions. I was able to connect with each one on a different level and really feel what they were feeling. Their hurt, anger, love, regret, pride, and their faith each resonated with me. Hearing the story through Reginald, Anna, Lydia, Two Hawks, and Good Voice kept me captivated and turning page after page. The quote up above, to me, represents so much of what the message of the story was. We are all people, created by One God, and our only way to heaven is to repent our sins to Jesus, His Son. When we accept that, we can let go of all our anger, bitterness, and hatred against those who wronged us and find the joy, love, and acceptance in life. Each character had to go through a journey of coming to accept what God was offering them and each story was unique. I absolutely loved that. Overall, this book was heart-wrenchingly honest and raw. I look forward to reading more by this amazing author. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Lori Benton brings the world of North America’s clashing cultures to life in this first novel of the Pathfinders series. The story is set in a time when America is moving toward independence, with great facts of history woven gently into the lives and concerns of everyday people. War’s accidental cruelties, loyalties unintentionally broken, and lives torn apart by actions that can’t be undone, all play their part. Meanwhile different faiths come into conflict, as Oneida tribesmen and women ponder the implications of the Christian Father Creator. The author weaves her Christianity seamlessly into this story. For some characters, it’s a vital part of their lives. For others it’s neglected or cruel. And for still others, faith is that thing which renders them unforgivably, permanently guilty and deserving of pain. But a father’s dream of vengeance is set against a parent’s unfailing love. A poor man’s need to hunt for food meets the rich man’s need for land. And the lives of tribe and settler begin to intertwine. I love how the author renders her characters’ worlds, thoughts and beliefs so vividly real. I love the innate generosity of their interactions. And I love the promise of hope, as life changes people and the world faces anger and pain. Well-timed, well-placed hints of scripture sing like the songs of Wales, while lovingly-told traditions of the older world offer a wonderful counterpoint. A girl who knows more medicine than men will allow, meets a man who needs more medicine than human care can give. Nature and nurture will come face to face with the contentment of acceptance. And nightmare’s dreams might come true. The story builds on human error, trusts in divine purpose, and stands its ground on the back stage of history. It builds to a perfect conclusion, not quite complete, but finished enough to leave the reader satisfied and eager for more. This will surely be a great series. Disclsoure: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying what an absolute pleasure it was to read this story. Benton has such a way with words that the scenes were coming to life in my mind completely of their own free will. I thought I was getting a love story that would push boundaries and cross cultures and I did. What I wasn’t expecting was a sweeping family saga told through many tumultuous years and the eyes of such different, compelling characters. The story starts with a bang figuratively and literally. Major Reginald Aubrey makes a snap decision, driven by grief and fear, so resounding it affects and drives the lives of two separate families for years to come. I was surprised to discover the romance between Two Hawks and Anna did not develop for quite some time and that I did not care one wink. I loved seeing the story unfold through Good Voice and Lydia’s eyes. They were such well written, strong characters who made me feel their emotions. I hurt with them, wept with them, longed with them and felt their peace and joy. This was my first read by Lori Benton and she has expertly earned a place as one of my must read authors. I eagerly await the continuation of this series and the continued journeys of these two families through the impending Revolutionary War.
artsybookworm More than 1 year ago
The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton is the first book in The Pathfinder's series.  It's set in the French and Indian War at the beginning of the book and by the end it's in the Revolutionary War time. This story was engrossing from the beginning, but I was sad to find out I would have to wait for the rest of the story.... :-(  At least, the book had a good resolution or else I would be screeching about the unfairness of it all. haha ;-) During the battle at Fort William Henry, Major Reginald Aubrey's wife has her baby, but the little one dies while she rests. Reginald, torn with grief at the loss, bears another burden; how will his wife handle losing another child? Happening upon an Indian maiden sleeping with her newborn twin boys, he notices that one boy is white and the other is brown. Scared of his wife's mental state, he switches the white babies and rushes off. As the Aubreys leave the fallen fort, Reginald rescues a little baby girl, Anna, from death and takes her along as they try to escape with their lives. He views her as his one good thing since he acquired her while doing a heroic deed. Years pass and Reginald is wracked with grief and nightmares every step of the way. Visions of an avenging Oneida warrior haunts him in the night. Will his son be taken from him after all? And what will happen to Anna if they do? This book was filled with suspense, adventure, and love on the rugged American frontier, and I loved all the details and how historically well done it was. Right from the first page, this story drew me in and kept me on edge as I was breathlessly swept up in the tangled lies, revenge, and incredible sadness while fledgling love manages to push through it all.  The author does such a good job weaving the characters emotional, physical, and spiritual struggles into the story leaving you crying, dismayed, and cheering. What an amazing adventure with never a dull moment! It's going to be a long year.... I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
booksandwindows More than 1 year ago
 The Wood’s Edge opens with Major Reginald Aubrey holding his newborn son, who has died in his arms. In a moment of weakness, he steals one of the newborn twins another sleeping mother has just given birth to. It is that moment which carries so much weight in the lives of these characters throughout this novel. I was deeply struck as I watched Reginald make his choice at the onset of The Wood’s Edge. And this is the question that has been turning over in my mind since reading this story: Isn’t it overwhelming to think about the implications one decision can entail? Not only does his decision change his own life forever, but it also affects multiple people around him: his family, the family he stole from, and every individual they each interact with in their day to day lives. Some are aware of the deceit while others are unknowing, however, the impact of Reginald’s choice is far-reaching. It seeps into many lives regardless of their knowledge of what he did. Pain and suffering are the result. Beyond the powerful and overarching premise of this novel, Anna’s story was what I was most drawn to. From her entrance into the Aubrey’s lives and the way she is treated by the people she calls family to her transformation into a young woman, I was eager to follow her through these pages. Her meeting with Two Hawks is where I became truly invested in the outcome of this book. I loved watching Anna and Two Hawks’ relationship develop and always was eager to read more about them. Creating a tapestry with her words, Lori brings characters alive and explores the complexities of life lived after one fateful choice. The lives of so many people are changed, and paths cross until a web that is tangled and messy can no longer be ignored. *I am an influencer for Lori Benton. Thank you to Lori and WaterBrook for providing a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for my honest review.*