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Anyone who loves rich Colonial and early American historical fiction, NEEDS to get their hands on books by today’s featured author. NEED to READ, y’all! I’m completely serious here. As a matter of fact, there’s a link to the first two chapters of her next release just below… SCROLL!
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.
Lori: You know it’s equally hard to pick just one favorite of five topics as five favorites of one, right?
Beth: Well, it’s nice to have options anyway, right?! 😉
Lori: C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia! Books that inspired me to write.
Beth: “Courage, dear one.” 😍
Favorite time period
Lori: Love the 1700s in Scotland and Colonial/Federal America
Beth: Nice! I’ll gladly read those!
Favorite outside activity
Lori: Right now it’s landscape photography
Beth: LOVE!!! ❤ I adore following you on Instagram!
Favorite book setting
Lori: Anything frontier, where cultures collide
Beth: Yes and yes! 😍
Lori: The Brother Cadfael books (20 Medieval mysteries by Ellis Peters… her exquisite writing, y’all!)
Beth: Now these I have not heard of! I will have to look them up because we were all BFF on all the other favorites!
Tell us about your latest release
Lori: So excited for this book to hit store shelves on August 29. I began writing Many Sparrows during a time when I was feeling unusually dry creatively, and though I didn’t really set out to do so, the characters’ story came to mirror a challenging season the Lord had just brought me through, in the sense that how they grow through their particular trials (not at all like my own!) and what they need to come to understand about God’s working in their lives, was very much what He’d been showing me in the months prior to my writing this story.
So this book comes from a very raw but very real place in my heart. My hope is that readers will (of course!) be entertained by this tale of frontier adventure, but also look deeper and find a hunger for more awareness of God in their own hearts, for eyes to see His hand, for the patience to wait for His timing.
LOOK!!! A Special Sneak Peek at the first TWO chapters of Many Sparrows
Beth: By the way, y’all can take advantage of a special preorder offer from the publisher, reader friends. Details in our latest Bookish Bargains post!
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.
Beth: Oh oh! This is the first I’ve read the blurb, looks like things are going to get interesting!!! (no blurb necessary for me to decide to read a book by Lori Benton, just the fact that it IS written by Lori Benton pretty much seals the deal!)
Tell us about your next release
Lori: My work in progress, tentatively titled The King’s Mercy, will take readers back to North Carolina as a setting, during an earlier period in the 18th century than I’ve written about before, the 1740s! And the story, like Many Sparrows, has some ties to an earlier novel of mine, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.
Beth: Now I REALLY MUST get my hands on Tamsen!!! Eeep!
What do you want readers to gain from Many Sparrows?
Lori: Patience with God’s timing and trust in His goodness. He’s got this! You, me, us. All the many sparrows.
Beth: Amen! What a beautiful truth to be reminded of!
Will readers be able to follow Clare and Jeremiah in future books?
Lori: Quite possibly. I love for characters to cross over into other stories and make it happen as often as I can!
Beth: As a reader, I love this too!
What kind of research did you do on the Ohio country setting?
Lori: This time around I got to do some on-site research, traveling along the Ohio River and even sleeping at Yellow Creek, the setting of the opening chapter… there are a race track and hotel there now!
Beth: Very interesting! I think I’d like to float down a river sometime, how cool would that be?!
What is the best time of year along the Ohio River?
Lori: I love autumn in the eastern mountains, such colors! The climax scenes of Many Sparrows are set in autumn with those fiery mountains as a backdrop. Fun fact: the working title for this book actually was The Flames of Autumn.
Beth: Autumn colors and mountains are always a winning combination! The beauty of autumn is certainly well captured on the cover! Thank you for sharing with us today, Lori!
Lori Benton has graciously offered to send one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader a signed paperback of her next release, Many Sparrows!
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