Historical Fiction, Review

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book from the moment I heard about it! Here’s my review of Many Sparrows by Lori Benton!

about the book

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son…especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

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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 BentonLori 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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  The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton The King's Mercy by Lori Benton Mountain Laurel by Lori Benton


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8 thoughts on “Many Sparrows by Lori Benton”

  1. 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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