Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Report & Giveaway: The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

I only wish Lori would include a gift card for a neck massage with her latest novel--because I need one after staying up late to read!!

Siskel & Ebert graded movies of the 80's with thumbs.
I review with the best descriptive words I can imagine.

Lori Benton's The Wood's Edge is:

~Sweeping & Inthralling
~Detailed & Heart-Deep
~Wonderfully Woven

Setting: In pre-Revolutionary New York, from 1857-1776, Benton weaves a story of forgiveness and faith between the wood's edge and the settlements, and the settlers, British, and Indians. If you love forrest and fauna, rocks hills & trees, conquest and old maps, generational secrets and healing faith--then you'll be lost in great fiction in Benton's latest release.

Plot: A desperate Redcoat soldier's choice to offer hope, instead poisons the future for years and generations to come when he switches is dead son with that of an Indian woman's twin while fleeing the fall of Fort William Henry. In the wake of violence and destruction that follows, the Major Reginald Aubrey alone knows his sin, while his wife and fondling daughter, Anna, and stolen son, William, partake in the unwinding plot unaware of their role to play. All while William's Indian mother is grief stricken and his father is rage-filled and bent on vengeance. As the two families's lives unravel and the truth comes to light through an unlikely friendship between Anna, and William's twin, Two Hawks--can faith in the Creator and Jesus-who-walked-on-earth-as-man's "red blanket of his goodness" be enough to cover the sins of that that desperate day that reached to the next generation?

"As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?"

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 the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Readers: 
For a chance to win a copy, leave a comment or like our author pages on Facebook:
Have you ever shot a bow and arrow?
Ever been to New York's Adirondack Mountains?
Ever ridden in a canoe?
If you had lived in pre-Reveloutionary times would you have been a Brit? A colonial midwife? or a Settler pushing west into the wood's edge where settlements meet Indian lands?
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55 comments:

  1. I've never shot a bow and arrow, but I have ridden in a canoe. It was fun, but I do like motors...(o: I don't think the life of a settler would appeal to me. I like my comforts too much! Goodness I sound spoiled!

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    1. I like comforts too, Kate! But I love adventures also. Thanks for joining us today at our "cyber cafe" to talk about Lori's book!

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    2. Not spoiled. I feel the same, and I write these books. :) I'd like a brief visit I think, but that would do me.

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    3. A brief visit. That would do nicely, I think. As long as I could still get a shower in. (o:

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  2. Good morning! The baby needed me more than I needed sleep. I was tolg there was coffee here.

    This sounds like a very interesting story.

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    1. Always coffee here Linsey! We like the blog to feel like we are all gathered at the coffee shop for a chat. Glad you joined us!

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  3. We actually had archery as a class when I was in high school. I really enjoyed it. I'm too afraid of a canoe flipping over to ever ride in one. I'd drown. I would probably be a settler given the three choices.

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    1. Ohhh, settler, good choice. I think I would have been one too. But then, midwife--might have done that..... ;)

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    2. I like to target shoot, but I rarely hit my targets now. Aging eyesight! I've never been in a canoe but am game to try it. On a still lake.

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  4. I haven't done any of the things mentioned in the questions - if I had lived in pre-revolutionary times, I probably would have been a settler, since I love reading about them.

    I love the storyline of "The Wood's Edge" and can't wait to read it!! I have Lori's other books, also. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

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    1. I knew you'd enjoy this one Bonnie!

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  5. I have done neither of the fist two, but they sound fun! I have been canoeing. :)

    also, I probably would have been a colonial midwife. :)

    thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. I've shot bow, and took a week long trip into the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. But, I've never been to the New York Adirondacks. Maybe someday? I hope to. Oh yay--one vote midwife!

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  6. Thanks for the comments! I look forward to signing a copy for the drawing winner. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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    1. Thanks for having a virtual cup of coffee with us Lori! ;)

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  7. I have shot a bow before, and I have ridden in a canoe on a stil lake. I've never been to the mountains though. Probably a settler or midwife.

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    1. Oh, a still lake, reflecting the shoreline of trees. Nothing like it.

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  8. I've tried archery a couple of times, but had to give it up due to a slight injury.....and the fact that I can't hit the broad side of a barn either. This sounds like an amazing book, definitely adding it to my reading bucket list!!

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    1. Ahhh, sounds like you had fun though Abby!

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  10. My dad used to hunt with a bow & arrow and he taught me as a small child. He set up practice targets and gave me a kiddie bow set. I also took archery in High School, but it has been a very long time since I've used one. I've been canoeing but can't figure out how to steer the thing (lol). I'd probably end up being a midwife in Revolutionary times. I've never been to those mountains but we have our own here in Oregon that I have visited!
    Hope I answered all the questions *grins*! And I would love a copy of this book, it looks & sounds so good...thank you for the chance!

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    1. Yay Trixi! Love your answers. I've been to your Oregonian mountains, I'd love to go back some day! And I've been to the Rocky's and the Blue Ridge, and Allegheny Mountains, and Shenandoah. But still never NY. Bucket list I guess!!

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  11. I have never tried archery. I definitely would have been a midwife. I birthed 12 babies I think I know a thing or two about them. My children range in age from 22 years to 4 years. There are 7 boys and 5 girls. This book has been on my to read list since I have first seen it. I am really wanting to read this one. The excerpt sounds great. Thank you for the opportunity !
    Deanne
    Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Oiy! Deanne, I hope you win. You deserve a moment to read and relax, busy mamma. Blessings!

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    2. Thank you Anne Love = - )

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  12. I have shot a bow and arrow - in fact, archery was one of the sports I really liked and was kinda good at when I was in school. :-) I have been in the Adirondacks, and would love to go again. And I've ridden in a canoe quite a few times. I'm not sure what I would have been in pre-Rev times - maybe the midwife.

    Thanks for the chance to win - this book looks great!!

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    1. Oh Kym, sounds like it was a great vacation. I'll have to chat with you if we ever plan a trip there!

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  13. I've shot a bow and arrow in the past, but I don't claim any skill at it. I've ridden in a canoe a few times. I think if I'd lived during those times I would have been on the frontier pushing West. :)

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  14. I have shot bow & arrow a long time ago and would love to get back to shooting more. Canoeing is fun, but I really love to kayak. If I lived in this story, I would be one of the pioneers pushing west for a new adventure.

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    1. I've never tried to kayak, I think I'd feel a little trapped with my legs down under.

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  15. Hello Ladies--

    Great questions; yes to shooting bow and arrow (had to do it in college phys. ed.) Also, yes to Adirondacks-born & raised there. No to the canoe; can't swim unfortunately. Time just went by when I guess I should have been learning. A good skill to know. As for the colonial life--I would have been a mid-wife I think. But, like most comments I've seen--would just like to visit & not live there. My home's interior design is "Am. colonial" but that doens't include my appliances! lol! Waving at you, Lori and blessings! Hope all is well.--and thanks for this opportunity!

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    1. Hi Pat! I've been thinking of you and hoping you are well. Waving back!

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    2. Nice to meet you Pat. You should be the one to tell us where to visit if we travel there. Yes, keeping my appliances--spoiled!

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  16. I have only ridden in a canoe. (of the things listed above) I have lived in NC all my life, and love outdoor adventures. I would be a settler venturing into Indian land.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh Susan, you are the adventuring type!

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  17. Thanks so much for hosting! :)

    Love this blog and love this author.

    I have shot a bow and arrow! It was a part of P.E. class to take archery one year, and even though I'm normally *very* timid with those sorts of things, I really enjoyed it!

    Mountains--no. Unfortunately haven't traveled much at all.

    Canoe--no, and don't really have a desire to! ;) Not a huge adventurer.

    In light of that, I think I'd definitely be a colonial midwife! Love reading about Brits and their culture, but at that time would have wanted to be a part of an independent nation just taking form. Also love everything babies! :)

    mercycrown (at) outlook (dot) com.

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    1. Great to have you here Lizzie! Well, not sure that midwifery wouldn't have been an adventure back in those times! Maybe you're more of an adventurer than you know. Or perhaps, the adventurer we more "called out" in people by necessity--even the most timid. Now there's a thought. ;)

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  18. When I was in college we had to take a "lifetime sport." I'm not at all athletic so I chose archery. It was kind of fun and I made it through the class. I haven't shot an arrow since! So much for being a lifetime sport. I've paddled in a canoe in a small lake with a friend years ago. I haven't ever been to New York.

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  19. I have shot a bow and arrow before! It was really cool :) I'd love to own one. But I am going to wait till I can afford an expensive one :D

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  20. I haven't shot w/a bow and arrow, but my grandson has taken lessons. And I watched him once. Does that count?? Sounds like a really good read, and oh…I've ridden in a canoe. Romantic.

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  21. Hmmm...I'm boring. I've never done any of those things. My hubby is really good with a bow and arrow...thinking I should avoid it! I would be heading off into the a wild frontier of America!

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  22. I have shot an arrow and ridden in a canoe in Girl Scouts -- and honestly I was never very good at either! In the Revolutionary War I like to think I would have been like the woman who set up a table in her front yard and fed the Patriot soldiers each morning as they passed by.

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  23. I just finished reading "The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn" and just fell in love with the characters and the time period. I can't wait to read Lori's latest. In answer to the questions: yes, I have shot a bow and arrow (it was super fun!), I haven't been to the Adirondack Mountains (although would love to go), I have ridden in a canoe ( again, super fun) and if I'd lived during the Revolutionary War days I'd like to think I'd have made a great Patriot wife. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  24. I have ridden in a canoe many times with my husband. It's fun & exciting when there's just a little white water, but too scary for me when it's all white water! This book sounds so exciting! I love stories about patriots & Indians! Such an exciting time in our nations history! Most of what I know about history, I've gleamed from historical novels! Would love to read this one!

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  25. Our thirteen year old granddaughter is huge into archery, and our neighbor (at 80+ yrs old) holds several records in archery in the Senior Olympic games. Our neighbor has been gracious in inviting our granddaughter to practice on her targets and has given her some tips as well. I did get to shoot some arrows during one of these practice sessions.

    The Adirondacks! Oh yes, my dad was born and raised in the Adirondack North Country and we, living out on Long Island, vacationed there often Mom and Dad eventually moved back up there. Mom still lives there in an assisted living facility and my sister lives in the small Adirondack tourist town of Schroon Lake. I absolutely love it every time I get a chance to go back for a visit, especially in winter! I think I developed my love of snow and the cold weather from the times we spent up there during the winter months.

    Yes, have ridden in (and paddled) a canoe in the Adirondacks on Follensby Pond where I was a kid.

    if I had lived in pre-revolutionary war times, I'd probably be a settler pushing west.

    The setting of this book definitely resonates with me! Would love to win it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  26. I probably shot a bow & arrow as a kid at summer camp, but don't exactly recall it specifically. I know I have ridden in a canoe and would love to take a day trip on one of the local rivers doing it again.
    I haven't been to the Adirondack's, but do enjoy going to the mountains.
    If I lied in pre-revolutionary times I think I would have been a settler exploring new areas.

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  27. I'm loving all your comments about archery and canoes and mountains. It's a busy week here in my world, editing, prepping for an early morning phone interview, and entertaining company who will probably be off to enjoy some of those mountains without me tomorrow. Sigh. But books don't write themselves! Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and entering the drawing. Can't wait to see who wins!

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  28. I have shot a bow and arrow and have ridden in a canoe. I have never been to those New York mountains though. I would probably be a colonial wife-who knows though!
    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com
    Marissa

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  29. Yes, I've shot a bow and arrow. I took archery for PE in college. I managed to lose the scores for the entire semester, so my partner and I spent an entire Saturday shooting.

    I haven't been to the Adirondacks.

    I haven't ridden in a canoe.

    Based on my heritage, I'd probably have been a colonial.

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    1. So surprised at how many of you visitors had archery as a choice in college. Who knew? ;)

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  30. I have shot a bow and arrow before and actually used to be pretty good at it. I have ridden in a canoe as well and hope to never had to do it again! I haven't been to the Adirondacks. Based on my heritage I would have been traveling for new territories!

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  31. I have shot a bow and arrow before and actually used to be pretty good at it. I have ridden in a canoe as well and hope to never had to do it again! I haven't been to the Adirondacks. Based on my heritage I would have been traveling for new territories!

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  32. When I was growing p my Dad use to bow hunt and being the tomboy that I was and Daddy's girl I had to have my own bow and arrow. I never used it for hunting but I loved to target practice. I have been canoeing several times in Montana, Idaho and Virginia. It is very peaceful. I think that I would be a colonial midwife in that time period. I can't wait to read this book, it sounds wonderful. TY for the chance to win. Blessings ~

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    1. Lisa, I was a tomboy who did the same thing with my Dad! :) Great memories.

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