Review: Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

July 19, 2018

Title: Many Sparrows
Author Lori Benton
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9781601429940
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017

About the Book:
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 Thoughts:
Oh, my goodness! Lori Benton knows how to weave such a gripping and historical drama. The detail, the characters, the history all come together in such an amazing way.

Clare Inglesby is a woman who is already broken when we first meet her. She is in a marriage that she is emotionally done with. She is being dragged pillar to post by a husband that is still trying to live a life, or at least regain a part of one that has been lost to him years ago.

Clare has already gone through so much and it is interesting and also, something I could relate to being dropped into in this story. Everything that follows brings Clare to an area where she brought to her lowest. It leaves her completely broken and and wondering to where she needs to put her trust. She deals with such a heart breaking battle that it really pulls at the heart when reading it.

Jeremiah Ring is a man we are introduced to at a very particular time for Clare, but ends up being the right time. He is a man who has faced his demons, and is still dealing with them, but is trying his best to take what he has learned and help those around them. He is also a man that is town between two worlds. Once you get to know him, you can see why this is a hard decision for him.

The setting for this story was unique one for me. I hear of this type of based story, but usually at an earlier time or later time, but having it weaved near the beginning of the Revolutionary War was one that really brought it all together. There is so much history at this time, that it is sometimes hard to remember so much was going on in different parts of America.

The detail to Lori Benton's writing is beyond what I'm used to reading. She is able to capture the smallest of details and flesh it out and bring you to that scene.

She is able to weave in the story of faith in a way that it pulls at the heart and make you think. Lori brings a story of faith, though set back in time, can speak to someone today.

Too Read
5 out of 5

About the Author:
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 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 Arrows.

Thank you to the INSPY advisory board and the Publisher, I received a copy of this book for free.

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