The Wood's Edge Book Review

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?

My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Reginald Aubrey didn't think his wife could handle the loss of yet another child.  So once Heldidd fell asleep, he took the stillborn baby and switched it with one of the native's newborn twins.  He reasoned with himself that she had two healthy babies, he prayed that he was doing right thing...was he?  Will he ever come to terms with tricking his wife into believing that the little boy she loves so dearly isn't really hers?  Will the ever growing affection that Lydia has for Reginald ever be acknowledged or returned?  Will there be another wedding in their future?

This was a beautifully written story about love and God's timing.  The story spans twenty years, so you can see love bloom between Anna Catherine and Two Hawks.  You also see the internal struggle Two Hawks had with keeping who he was a secret.  I loved seeing how much the Oneida clan changed once they accepted Jesus.  I really hope there's going to be a book two, I would absolutely love to see the friendship between Stone Thrower and Reginald grow.


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