Sunday, September 11, 2016

Review: A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

The Path Finders Book Two

"But when Creator said he would make rough ways smooth, I believe He was not talking about moving us to an easy path.  He meant He was going to make our stride long enough, our legs strong enough, to carry us through.  And when we reach our limits, He puts us on His back and He carries us and shields our eyes and hearts from that which would destroy our souls.” Spoken by Clear Day on pg. 363 in A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton.

The Path Finders series by Lori Benton is an epic historical rich in the themes of forgiveness, sacrifice, and ultimate love.  In book one, The Wood’s Edge, we have two families forever intricately woven together by a deceitful, life altering decision made by one man on a night of extreme horror.  That first book takes us through nineteen years with two families whose decisions are bonded by vengeance, prejudice, and fear.  It is also a story of two fathers, one ruled by the vengeance and the other ruled by guilt and how this affects their loved ones. 

However, what happens when one decides to offer the forgiveness the other so desperately needs as Jesus calls us to do?  A Flight of Arrows, the second in the series, shows us just how that necessary yet difficult decision can change more lives than just the ones so close to the situation.

The Path Finders Book One
Years later, how can one man accept the stolen Oneida boy as his son yet not offer the same regard to the twin who holds his daughter’s heart just because his skin is darker?  This second book begins on the cusp of the Revolutionary War and the author takes us into the battlefields in a war that helped shape our nation into what it is today. I knew of the Native American Oneidas support that fought on the side of the Americans as they warred against the British for their independence, but I was unaware of how great a sacrifice they made.  

This two book series really needs to be read together to grasp the entire story the author wishes for us to understand.  These were my first reads by Lori Benton and I look forward to more of her talented writing.  Though I do hope she continues with these families in future works.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. The opinions are my own honest ones.

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About Lori Benton

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 the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

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