Many Sparrows by Lori Benton (with giveaway)

Many SparrowsSynopsis:~

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?

My endorsement:~

Lori Benton weaves a beguiling tapestry of prose, pathos, and faith in Many Sparrows, a story as hopeful as it is heartrending. Shedding light on the ferocity of a mother’s love and the beauty and complexity of Shawnee culture and community, Benton’s boundless talent shines ever brighter as a rich and mesmerising story unfolds.  Each character is wonderfully authentic and honestly drawn, but it is Jeremiah’s devotion to God, the tension between his two worlds, and the vow he made to a grieving woman that caught my breath many times over.

Exquisitely told, Many Sparrows reaches all the deep spaces of the heart, abiding long after the last page is turned.

With thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for my review copy

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31 Responses to Many Sparrows by Lori Benton (with giveaway)

  1. Mollianne Bennett

    I love Lori Benton’s stories about the early frontiersmen and their settlement of the Appalachian Mountains and their interactions with Native Americans.

  2. It’s a time period that is fascinating to imagine, and fraught with difficulties and possibilities. And yet in all my historical fiction reading, I have not read much about this period. I am new to Lori’s books, thank you for the recommendation and the chance to win!

  3. I’m always intrigued by the frontier settlers and their interactions with the natives. It always seemed to take a certain type of personality to “make it” as a settler. Timid people NEED NOT APPLY!

  4. I love the time period and learning how rough it was to settle in this country. I admire them for all the hardships they went through!

  5. The multitude of struggles and hardships faced both by the natives and the settlers is really interesting. It’s heartbreaking that the settlers and natives had so much trouble with each other but heartwarming when things worked out between the two groups.

  6. The courage that men and women had to face all the hardships and unknowns while traveling to different areas and settling into a new place. I’ve heard great things about this book.

  7. I love this period because of the strong men and women who persevered through such a difficult time to build our great country. Lori is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the chance. 😊

  8. I can’t wait to read this book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  9. I’m fascinated by the stories and details of life back when our country was being settled and shaped!

  10. I love reading stories about America in it’s infancy and before. It is so neat to imagine what life was like back then for the people living here.

  11. I love the stories and the history of America especially the frontier and the mountain people!

  12. I love Lori’s writing. Thank you, Rel.

  13. Honestly, I wasn’t all that intrigued by frontier stories until I started reading the ones written by Lori Benton and Laura Frantz. They make that era come alive in a way that fascinates me.

  14. I was intrigued before but after reading your review I have most this must read to the top of my “to buy” wish list.

  15. Loved this book! The faith element was exquisitely drawn, and the suspense was breath-taking. Lori Benton has done it again. :)

  16. I appreciate the sacrifices and hardships endured by those who settled the frontier, while also having some sympathy for the Native Americans who were displaced. I have read Lori Benton’s other books (I’m getting close to finishing The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn) and quickly realized her books are “must reads” for me. She and Laura Frantz are masters at writing about this time period. I’m looking forward to reading Many Sparrows.

  17. I like to read frontier stories because they share what lives were like in a different place and time. It always amazes me to think how much life has changed since then!

  18. Deanne Patterson

    It’s a fascinating time period. There is a sense of excitement but yet it was a more peaceful time as well.I love reading about how we interacted with the Indians as well.

  19. What intrigues me about American frontier stories? I would have to say the tenacity of the men and women to continue to on with the hardships they faced.

  20. I love reading the history of our country. They faced so many trials and hardships that must have tested them physically and spiritually. They have left us a rich heritage we should not forget and pass down to future generations.

  21. awesome!!!!

  22. Probably my most looked-forward-to book this year. The series so far is my favorite of the past five years. I eat up fiction set during the French/Indian and revolutionary wars (kind of like Last of the Mohicans). This is my total cup ‘o tea. :)

  23. danielle hammelef

    I’m intrigued by frontier stories because of the struggles people had to endure–no “modern” conveniences and life could be dangerous with sparse populations and no doctors close by or police to call for help.

  24. I like reading about the American frontier because I like learning about life in that era. “Many Sparrows” sounds like an interesting read.

  25. I love that we get to experience the cultures of life on the frontier. Whether it’s that of Native Americans or frontiersman, glimpsing into what their lives could have looked like is very intriguing and fun!

  26. It fascinates me because it’s America’s history and how we got where we are now. The many struggles and heartaches along the way. Lovely review Rel, thanks for the chance to win a copy of Many Sparrows!

  27. What intrigues me about American frontier stories? I’m always amazed by how truly tough the men and women have to be. They had true grit.

    Great review! I can’t wait for this book!

  28. I am intrigued by the history of it. Of the way those people lived and survived.

  29. I’m always very intrigued by how much strength the women had and fire to keep going.

  30. I admire the stamina that the early settlers had! They were much more brave and courageous than I am!! Thanks for this giveaway. I am looking forward to reading this book!

  31. Hi Everyone, and thank you so much for your comments about historical fiction, the American frontier, and my books! Hope you all get a chance to read Many Sparrows, if you haven’t already, and you enjoy Clare and Jeremiah’s story. Thank you so much Rel, for your kind words and for giving MS a spot here. :) <3

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