Monday, September 18, 2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton (Christian historical fiction) [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN 978-1-60142-994-0
Release date: August 29, 2017
My thoughts:    As I turned the pages of Many Sparrows, I once again found Lori Benton's storytelling to be enthralling, historically compelling, and awash in the faith that sustains. She reveals the strength and weaknesses and unspeakable trials that were faced in the push westward.

Clare is a young woman born of refinement in the coastal Virginia colony. Married, she found herself bereft of comforts, wealth, refinement as she is compelled to accompany her husband, Philip, as he goes from pillar to post never settling down and never accomplishing anything. The story opens as they are in a westward bound wagon with a few worldly goods with their young son. Clare is nearing the end of her pregnancy when Philip decides to go back, alone, to seek help.

As a woman reading this story, I found myself broken hearted for Clare who was so sorely tested in mind, body, and spirit. She even had to trust herself into the care and keeping of a strange man who happens along the trail and finds her in desperate need of assistance.

As the story progresses, this stranger-frontiersman, Mr. Ring, leads her through hostile Indian territory in search for her son, guides her in the manner in which she should behave in the presence of the Shawnees, and reveals his own reliance on God.

This is a story that compels the reader to immerse themselves into. It is one on which to dwell on the complexities of human emotions - those of the white settlers and those of the native Indians. There is such sadness and broken hearted emotions rippling throughout. The reader will come away with a better appreciation of earlier people who lived in these United States for what they endured and how many found the faith that sustains.

I consider Lori Benton to be a master of historical fiction and I highly recommend Many Sparrows.

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?

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. (all reviewed on Chat With Vera) Learn more at
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary Advance Reader Copy from the Blogging for Books review program on behalf of the publisher, Waterbrook, to facilitate this review. I was not compensated nor required to render a positive review. Opinions are my own and freely given. Winner's copy is provided by the Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the publisher and/or author.


  1. I enjoy most historical periods. I like early America up to and including WWII . I grew up in a house that was built in 1836 and is now a museum. My now 100 yr old mother was once an antique dealer. So we grew up around history and learned to appreciate it. She planned many trips when we went back to Pennsylvania to visit my Dad's folks. I love history!

  2. I really enjoy reading western. It takes me back to when I grew up on a farm. Everything being slower yet deliberate, lots of hard work that was satisfying at the end of the day and lots of working together as a community with other people. I also enjoy the Regency period. I really enjoy historical romances. I love history and learning about what makes people tick

  3. My favorite time period to read about is Medieval. There is something about knight s and their cod of honor and chivalry that appeals to me. Plus, it's just a really interesting time in history. But I also really love reading about Revolutionary America. There were several many ordinary heroes and heroines who made extraordinary sacrifices.

  4. I can't wait to read this book. If I don't win I will definitely be purchasing.

  5. I love historical, especially early America to about 1920. I love learning where we came from!

  6. I love to read about the Victorian Era.

  7. I really enjoy Lori Benton's writing! Her descriptions draw me into the story. I would love to win. Thank you for this give-away.

  8. I don't have a particular historical period I enjoy reading about. I enjoy a variety. To me, the story line and characters are more important than the time period. I've read all of Lori Benton's previous books and loved them. Her books have become "must reads" for me.

  9. I like reading all time periods! Some of my favorites are Regency England and 19th century US west. It's fun to learn about how people lived similarly and differently than us.

  10. I enjoy current time periods and also mid 1800's. Love the pioneering spirit.

  11. I love reading all different time periods and I have many favorites so it's hard to pick just one. I do enjoy the early 1800's and reading about past histories because it's interesting to me.

  12. I've never heard of this author before, but I definitely would like to read this book after reading your thoughts! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

  13. I love all historical time periods to read about. My favorites are early American history and Civil War history.

  14. At the moment I'm really interested in the WWI & post WWI time period.


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