Many Sparrows by Lori Benton


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About the Book

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she’ll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country.

Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.

Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah’s own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken custody of Jacob–renaming him Many Sparrows–keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.

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My Thoughts

 I am definitely having a time with the swoof for this one, it’s just too good for my words! Lori Benton’s vivid storytelling brings history to life in a way that fills every sense and emotion. Many Sparrows is a powerful soul-stirring story! The author completely engages readers by embracing the conflicted atmosphere of this period at an intimate level and unfolding the tale from different angles and perspectives.

Clare Inglesby’s plight downright ripped my mama-heart out but OH, how I admire her fierce determination. She focuses the power of her motherly love into action despite the seemingly insurmountable odds against her. Clare’s character is one who readers will easily relate to and become invested in!

Jeremiah Ring is a larger than life, enigmatic figure from the moment he appears on the page. His past and his relationship with the Shawnee tribes simply adds to his appeal! Jeremiah is a protective and loyal man of faith and his character is loaded with many layers.

Many Sparrows is packed to the brim with delightful secondary characters, a solid faith message, and fascinating historical aspects of colonial life. Themes of perseverance, forgiveness, adoption, and hope are woven through this riveting storyline. I highly recommend this book and it has earned a place on my all-time favorites shelf.

I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher and Litfuse.
The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Lori Benton’s 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 Pacific Northwest 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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    One of my favorite reads of the year, but Lori’s books are consistently forever favorites. I loved Jeremiah Ring, his faith, his insight, his patience, his courage, his loyalty . . . . . what a story; and set during one of my very favorite time periods and with mention of one of my very distant cousins; Mary Draper Ingles.

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      Yes! Every one of her books that I have read is a forever favorite! That IS exciting, Rebecca!

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    Can’t wait to read this one! Love Lori’s books!

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