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?
Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Audiobook 14 hours, 48 minutes
Published August 29th, 2017
I went the audio route with this one and would have loved some author notes at the end. Just to know what was historical vs fiction. I am familiar with Logan and the Yellow Creek Massacre which has a background place here. I found the author captures not just the time but characters perfectly, the culture and way of life shows what the Native Americans went through. Lori Benton's knowledge of this time is evident and shines through in her writing.
Many Sparrows is an emotional read, first the disappearance of her husband and then son one can’t help feeling Clare’s frustration and despair at her plight. I was glad for many dog walks as I was anxious for the outcome.
Lori Benton books are now gracing my TBR pile. I recommend her books to those that are interested in Colonial America and just a great HF to get lost in the pages of.
My audiobook obtained via Scribd