Book Review: Many Sparrows by Lori Benton


"You opened your heart wide for life's arrows to pierce it, and there were always arrows coming. Yet the heart, willful thing, could still long to bare itself to such attack, to take that terrible risk for the chance of such exquisite reward." (184)


Title:  Many Sparrows
Author: Lori Benton
Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah Fiction
Release Date:  August 29, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction


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?



O, my eyes, my mind and my heart were in for such a treat when it laid on the pages of Lori Benton's latest release, Many Sparrows.  Powerful yet filled with a certain sensitivity of the heart, the author's words mesmerized me, and kept me reading. Just look at one of my favorite lines of the book:

"You opened your heart wide for life's arrows to pierce it, and there were always arrows coming. Yet the heart, willful thing, could still long to bare itself to such attack, to take that terrible risk for the chance of such exquisite reward." (184)

The heart. That's what it boils down to, though themes of loss, forgiveness, and perseverance all plays a significant role. The poignant underlying thread throughout draws us readers in, yet it's also the sadness of life's trials that led to the glimmer of hope for our characters. Faith and courage ties this story beautifully with the historical setting. In all, Many Sparrows is beautiful and complex.



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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.”

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5 comments:

  1. Lori's books are on my TBR!!! I can't wait to read them!

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    1. Woohoo! You'll enjoy the rich historical details for sure!

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  2. Awesome review, Annie! I LOVE Lori Benton's books!

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    1. Thanks Caryl! Only 2nd book of Lori's I've read and loved. Looking forward to more!

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  3. Great review Annie! I have this book on my very looong TBR list!
    Blessings, Tina

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