“The Wood’s Edge” by Lori Benton

AMAZING!

 

Simply amazing!

Lori Benton excels at writing fiction taken from REAL events! It is a singular talent that God has blessed her with and the world is a richer place for having her work out in it.

What is even more amazing is that, Lori and other authors like her have drawn me in to the past and taught me so much that I never learned in school.

No dry textbook this… No, this is a living, breathing, vibrant story that will hold you entranced until the very last page!

Don’t miss it! And don’t miss her other books!

Lori has quite a long list of amazing books to her name and I’m certain her fans will demand many more to come!

I hope you’ll give this wonderful book a chance. I’m certain you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

 

Review ©JCMorrows 2015

 

 

Here is a brief synopsis from WaterBrook/Multnomah:

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

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25 Posts of Christmas Day 3: Christmas & Candy Canes

Have you ever heard the story of how candy canes got started?

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From what I can gather, candy canes are one of the great urban legends in the world. Apparently, a combination of time and infamy have built the story to such fantastic heights that everyone has a different version.

A candy-maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols from the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as a Candy Cane — a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear.” Every time you see a Candy Cane, remember the Wonder of Jesus and His Great Love that came down at Christmas, and that His Love remains the ultimate and dominant force in the universe today.

There are many different versions of this story out there to be found. I found 1 story HERE. Another story HERE (with a few similarities).
And they’re both very different from the story I read in this great little Christmas Advent Book by Lisa Whelchel years ago.
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The details of the story may have gotten a little confused over the years but the message remains the same.

It’s all about reminding people of Jesus’ love for them, for everyone!

It’s a message that gets lost in the Holiday craziness far too easily and far too often.

Think about that the next time you enjoy a candy cane or as you hang them on your Christmas tree.

And along with these different stories, there are many activities that go along with them. So find a fun way you or your children can share this message with people this season.

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There’s a great activity HERE and another HERE and another HERE.

There are many more that you can find, including the idea in Lisa Whelchel’s book “The ADVENTure of Christmas”. The book is a terrific investment. It’s full of great stories about all of the things we love about the Christmas season!
(I’ve shown the page below with the story…hope it’s not too fuzzy.)

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Review of “Burning Sky” by Lori Benton

Difficult to believe this is Lori Benton’s first novel!

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This is not my typical choice but I certainly do not regret picking it.

Growing up, I loved the movie “Last of the Mohicans” probably more because of Daniel Day Lewis and the incredible music than anything else. But I do have Native American heritage so I hated most movies about “Indians” as most with Native blood do.

I also grew up reading the fantastic frontier novels by Janette Oke and, while this novel is less about gushy romance and more about the harsh reality, it does have a certain romance to it.

I think Lori Benton has done a fantastic job and I can’t wait to read her next novel.

Well done!

The frontier period is a difficult one to write about. SO much of what we know about that time is more legend than actual fact but I get the feeling that Lori has done her homework.

And it is so refreshing, in a world that has such a strong focus on intense sexuality, to find a wholesome romance that is clean and decent. It’s definitely a book I am comfortable passing on to my daughter.

If you’d like you can look up more reviews, get more information, read a sample chapter or just read more about the author by clicking one of the links below.

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Review of “For Every Season” by Cindy Woodsmall

WOW! All I can say in this moment is WOW!

WOW!

For Every Season picOK. Now that I’ve taken a breath and calmed down a little… I’d like to give you some backstory before I go on with my review.

First, you should know that I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Company in exchange for an honest review.

When I picked it, I was excited because I’ve just gotten into this genre of Amish fiction and I’ve bought a lot of books lately to that end. Book 1 of this series: “A Season for Tending” was one of them. So I thought to myself, “Wow! I can read the one I have, find the second one and I’ll be all read up by the time I get the third one.”

YAY! right?

Well, first, I couldn’t find the second book anywhere. And when I finally did, I could only find it brand new and I am a bargain hunter at heart so I did the next best thing. I checked it out from the library. Now, of course I don’t want to give it back.

I am thrilled to have found this series.

I am thrilled to have found this series. The main character struggles with an issue that is very near and dear to my heart and I enjoy, so much, reading about it. I also enjoy reading about the ways of the Amish and the ways these Amish interact with the English around them.

I applaud Cindy Woodsmall!

I tweeted today that this series is Absolutely PERFECT for anyone who’s not 100% sure about reading Amish fiction. When I started reading, I thought it was a case of how the author got the Amish wrong. That is NOT IT AT ALL! This author is too good to have gotten her facts wrong. What she has written here is a wonderful example of how we English should be able to interact with Amish and how they should be able to interact with us. That is a powerful message and I applaud Cindy Woodsmall for it! Amazing!

When I read the first book in the series, I was wrapped up in the whole “getting the Amish wrong” angle and it slowed me up. By the time I read the second book, I hadn’t gotten it yet but I no longer cared. I just knew I had to read more. In this book, I got it. I finally understood the message. And while I’m ashamed it took so long to sink into my thick head, I’m thrilled it finally got through.

A recap: The first book of this series: “A Season for Tending” peaked my interest and whetted my appetite for more. I was so into the story by the time I started book two that I rushed out to the library to snatch it up before anyone else could.

I started the second book of this series: “The Winnowing Season” with a strong sense of excitement and happiness. It quickly gave way to frustration and irritation. I’m not telling why. Read it, you’ll see.

A lot of that irritation followed me as I started “For Every Season”. It took a lot of pages for me to realize that irritation wasn’t going anywhere. And still, I could not stop reading.

I tweeted earlier that it was Cindy Woodsmall’s fault I’ve not been tweeting much the past few days.

I also tweeted today that it was Cindy Woodsmall’s fault I’ve not been tweeting much the past few days. That is very true. Her storytelling has held me captive. Despite my irritation, I could NOT put the book down. I had to keep reading! I had to find out what would happen next! And now, having finished the third book in this series, I find myself sitting on pins and needles while I wait for the fourth. Seriously Cindy, write faster please!

This book is a perfect continuation of the story Cindy started painting in “A Season for Tending”. Too many authors flounder a bit in their telling of a continuing story. They try to make books stand on their own within a series and they spend half the book rehashing the ones before. They play it safe and end up doing things that worked in previous books and don’t take the chances that need to be taken to continue the story properly.

I couldn’t put the book down.

Cindy is not guilty of any of these things. She sprinkles in bits about the first and second books in all the right places and she does it so seamlessly you don’t even realize it’s been done. And she definitely had no problem taking chances. While I read, I was annoyed, irritated and frustrated to the point that I wanted to scream. But I didn’t put the book down. I couldn’t put the book down. I had to keep reading. I had to find out where this book would take us in the continuing saga of Samuel, Jacob, Leah, Landon and Rhoda.

I’m not good at synopsis so I’m going to direct you to GoodReads where you can read more about it. HERE

And you can find more information about Cindy Woodsmall and her other novels on her WEBSITE.

But trust me when I say that this series is worth your time. It’s a fantastic read and not just for those who LOVE Amish fiction but for anyone who loves a great story!

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