Read an excerpt: The Woods Edge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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?
It took me several tries to persuade myself to start reading this book just because it looked long and I wasn't sure if it would hold my interest with the expanse of years it covers. Was I ever wrong! It was an awesome read!
This story follows the lives of those impacted by one terrible action and choice made by Major Reginald Aubrey. The consequences of that one choice will ripple through many lives for years to come. Set in Colonial America before the War of Independence, the author does a masterful job of weaving the story lines of the two families together.
Fleeing after the fall of the Fort with his wife and the child he stole, Reginald also rescues Anna, whose family has been killed in the massacre. Anna grows up believing that her "brother", William, is the son of Reginald and his wife. She has no reason to believe otherwise. When she learns the truth can she find the strength to forgive her beloved Papa? And how will it affect her relationship with Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she has been meeting in secret for years?
The Oneida family whose baby was stolen has never given up hope that they will be reunited with their son. The father has been plagued with a lust for vengeance that has played havoc with the lives of the rest of his family. When a missionary joins their village, will this family finally find peace?
I have no doubt you will be glued to this book as you get to know each character and follow along as they grow, make life choices, and strive to become the best they can be. This book takes you on a deep journey of the consequence of sin and the redemption and reconciliation found in repentance and forgiveness. I can't say enough good about it and I'm anxiously waiting for book two!
*Thanks to Blogging For Books for the complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions stated are my own.*
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