With stirring storytelling evocative of Diana Gabaldon and Francine Rivers, this epic eighteenth-century novel transports readers to the Ohio-Kentucky frontier and a monumental encounter over a stolen child. When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob. Once they reach the Shawnees and discover his own sister, Rain Crow, has taken custody of Jacob-renaming him Many Sparrows-keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen. Fearing the sacrifice required is beyond what he's willing to make, Clare devises her own plan to free her son-one that could lead to the disasters Jeremiah is trying to prevent. As feelings for Clare begin to stir his long-guarded heart, he must convince her that they will have to do the hardest thing of all if she hopes to see her son restored to her: be still, wait, and let God fight this battle for them.
- Another amazing Lori Benton book!
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
Time Frame: 1774-1775
Clare Inglesby , Alone, in labor, husband and son missing
Jeremiah Ring, Frontiersman who finds her
Logan: Angry Indian who killed Clare’s husband
Wolf-Alone: Jeremiah’s Indian “brother”
Wildcat: 9 year old white boy brought to Shawnee as a baby
Rain Crow: Woman who was given Clare’s boy, Jacob
Alphus Litchfield: Clare’s uncle
Another amazing Lori Benton book.
Her writing defies comparison. Rich in description and masterful in character development. The Gospel is displayed eloquently, even through unsuspecting people. And the emotional journeys the characters traveled? From anger to fear, from hateful revenge to protective love, Ms. Benton’s writing has you feel it all.
Alone on the prairie, no horse and a broken wagon axle, still Clare was a woman with an intense objective, and nothing could dissuade her. She needed to find her son. She was aware that her husband was more than just missing, but her son, no… he was taken. If that meant walking right into an Indian village, that’s exactly what she was going to do.
Jeremiah Ring was the person to make that happen. On his way to deliver a message from the Indian agent to a Shawnee chief, he came upon a woman in labor, determined to have this baby then head off to find her 4 year old, Jacob. Jeremiah had been living with the Shawnee for the past 10 years Andrew to some recent tragedy, he was fairly sure who had the boy.
This was a journey for both Jeremiah and Clare, one brimming with danger and disappointments, but also great acceptance, and lessons that only God could complete in their lives.
Adventure, danger, added to a gentle love story that satisfies any reader. Uppermost, though, is how God is glorified, especially when His children look to Him for their outcome — to trust Him because He has the whole picture.
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