Book reviews, mostly of Christian fiction, some classics, and nonfiction.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Fascinating Read! My Review of 'Many Sparrows' - by Lori Benton
About the book:
Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
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.
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.
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?
This book was such a fascinating read! I didn't want to put it down! I loved the characters; Jeremiah was such an honorable guy and it was amazing all he did for Clare. He was put in an incredibly tough situation. I liked Clare, too, and I think she might be the most stubborn character to ever appear in a book! There was such an incredible message about learning to trust God and letting Him fight your battles for you instead of you trying to fix everything on your own. Clare, especially, had a hard time understanding how God could work these circumstances for good. I liked, too, that Clare struggled with depending too much on a person instead of God and had to learn to cast her care on Him. I think one of the themes was that only God can make us whole; no person can do that for us. The writing was wonderful and the scenes just came alive. I could picture so well the time period and the setting. The secondary characters were fascinating, too, and Benton interwove the characters and the history together so well. I especially liked Wildcat, a boy who befriends Clare in the Shawnee village, and Wolf-Alone, Jeremiah's adopted brother with a mysterious past. They both appeared in one of her other books. There's some romance and some fighting and also some hard truths about the culture and the times, such as characters were scalped and there were horrible tragedies mentioned. I found parts of the book sad but it didn't dwell on that and ultimately, I felt reassured and reminded that God's in control. I loved this book and I highly recommend it!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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