The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton is the first book in The Pathfinder's series. It's set in the French and Indian War at the beginning of the book and by the end it's in the Revolutionary War time. This story was engrossing from the beginning, but I was sad to find out I would have to wait for the rest of the story.... :-( At least, the book had a good resolution or else I would be screeching about the unfairness of it all. haha ;-)
During the battle at Fort William Henry, Major Reginald Aubrey's wife has her baby, but the little one dies while she rests. Reginald, torn with grief at the loss, bears another burden; how will his wife handle losing another child? Happening upon an Indian maiden sleeping with her newborn twin boys, he notices that one boy is white and the other is brown. Scared of his wife's mental state, he switches the white babies and rushes off. As the Aubreys leave the fallen fort, Reginald rescues a little baby girl, Anna, from death and takes her along as they try to escape with their lives. He views her as his one good thing since he acquired her while doing a heroic deed.
Years pass and Reginald is wracked with grief and nightmares every step of the way. Visions of an avenging Oneida warrior haunts him in the night. Will his son be taken from him after all? And what will happen to Anna if they do?
This book was filled with suspense, adventure, and love on the rugged American frontier, and I loved all the details and how historically well done it was. Right from the first page, this story drew me in and kept me on edge as I was breathlessly swept up in the tangled lies, revenge, and incredible sadness while fledgling love manages to push through it all. The author does such a good job weaving the characters emotional, physical, and spiritual struggles into the story leaving you crying, dismayed, and cheering. What an amazing adventure with never a dull moment! It's going to be a long year....
I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.