The Wood’s Edge

I read an advanced reader’s copy of a book the other day and thought I’d share the review I wrote as I really enjoyed it!

“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”

I was drawn to this book by the back cover description (above) and I was not disappointed! Three babies are born on a battle filled day at Fort William Henry – unfortunately the British Redcoat’s son dies shortly after birth yet the twin “half-breed” boys live. In a moment that will change all their lives, the major switches his dead baby for the white Indian boy, hoping to save his wife from the heartache of losing her baby.   Yet what will her reaction be when/if she discovers the deception?  How will the Oneida mother and her husband react when they realize what has happened?   Especially as she herself was taken from white parents many years earlier.  What about the two boys separated at birth – one raised a “savage” without his brother and the other raised a colonist, little dreaming he has a brother. Can Anna, orphaned on that battle day, having grown up with William yet friends with Two Hawks help them merge their worlds?

What a great story line to start with and then the author weaves in historical data from the 20 years preceding and up to the start of the Revolutionary War from both the Indian and American viewpoint (I loved how she gave the Indian months when telling the story from the Indian eyes).  She also brings in the different perspective Christ-followers have.  However, following Christ does not make people perfect – so will they chose a godly path or not?  I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it! It’s got history, drama, and romance! I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.