When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, is 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.
A frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her to recover Jacob.
Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah’s own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken custody of Jacob — and renamed him Many Sparrows — keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, and the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.
EPCA and Christy Award-winning author Lori Benton has created another deeply moving historical fiction novel with her recently released Many Sparrows.
The characters who people Benton’s worlds are complex, flawed and engaging. In particular, Clare was a strong character who was wonderful to read about.
The extremes to which she was willing to go for her family really make you admire her strength and love.
Jeremiah’s character was dealing with so much, trying to straddle two worlds and be true to his faith.
There were so many characters whose struggles really make you care about what was going to happen to them. Benton also does a marvelous job of detailing the historical world, painting it in vivid detail.
What I really love about her novels is that she approaches the Native American characters from a different angle than so many other historical novelists.
There are no stereotypical indigenous characters here, but rather a people facing great change in the world in which they live.
Fans of historical fiction will find Many Sparrows features a world full of interesting and compelling story lines. Be sure to check it out!
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s.
Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God’s transforming grace.
When she isn’t writing, reading or researching 18th-century history, Benton enjoys exploring the mountains with her husband.