BY: Lori Benton
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Third Person • Fiction • Multiple Points of View • 400 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
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?
Why I Choose this Book:
I don’t remember requesting this book, and by the time I picked it up to read it I had completely forgotten what it was about. I didn’t even know what time period it was set in, so it was one of those total surprises.
What I Thought about this Book:
It’s been a long time since a book has gripped me so fast and furiously. The setting, the plot, the characters… They all shouted at me to give them my utter attention, and I hardly wanted to put the book down after I got into it.
Since I’m an Ohioan I’ve always found it interesting to read a settlers/Indians/frontier book that takes place in Ohio. It seems like so many of those types of books are set out west, and although I get why out west is so intriguing, reading about the history of Ohio is quite gripping as well. This is probably my favorite Ohio frontier book that I’ve read.
The characters felt real to me – very annoying at times, special at times, and adorable (children, at least), at times. Goodness. Don’t even get me started on the Indians and all it showed of their lives. Growing up I wanted to be an Indian so badly that I probably even prayed that I could become one. (I don’t actually remember for sure….) I know I did at one time decide I would marry a full-blooded Indian so my kids could at least be half Indian. (Yes, I’m weird. And yes, I know that technically it’s called Native American.) One of the things this book did was portray life for both the Indians and the settlers – I could see, feel, and empathize with both people groups. Jeremiah Ring was a great character for making that happen. That was probably my favorite element of the book.
There were two minor characters who really drew me in and made me feel like they were going to have a spin-off story. In the back of the book the author mentions that they are characters from a previous book, so now I really want to read that book, and I kinda wish I had read it first.
There were some issues I had with this book which is why I had to lower the rating to three stars, even though this book was very nearly four stars, and could have almost made it to five stars. My main problem with the book was that the characters continued being in situations that weren’t morally good to be in (even though nothing bad happened), even after it was possible for them to escape such situations. There was also some dishonesty going on. I know why they did it, and I think in some cases it would have been fine, but since that the situation they were in could have been avoided, I had a problem with the dishonesty.
I want to read more from this author. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone due to some violence (although it didn’t go into detail), and also the issues I mentioned above. But, I do think a lot of people would enjoy it, and overall it had a good message.
I’m giving Many Sparrows 3 out of 5 stars, and 7 out of 10.
*I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review