Book Beat – Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
In 1774, Clare Inglesby is furious at her husband for leading their young family into the dangerous frontier of Ohio-Kentucky. Then Clare’s worst fears come to pass – Shawnees murder her husband and take her four-year-old son Jacob captive, and Clare goes into labor.
Frontiersman Jeremiah Ring discovers Clare, helps her deliver her baby girl, and promises to help her find her son. As an adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah has the knowledge and connections to help Clare – but he soon finds his loyalties torn and his affections divided.
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is a beautiful tale. Clare’s desperate longing to be reunited with her son gives the story a poignant pull as she learns to trust God and release her beloved boy into His hands. Jeremiah is a compelling hero, strong and faithful and wise, but with an underlying sadness that draws you in. The lives of both the settlers and the Shawnees are rendered with such compassion and realism that the clashes between them are even more harrowing. Many Sparrows is an exquisite novel that stays with you long after the last page is turned. Savor it.