Paperback | April 19th 2016 | WaterBrook Press
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Hearts are Divided
Loyalties Will Be Tested
The Fates of Two Families Hang in the Balance
Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own.
No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love.
Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.
Occasionally, a story will linger with me long after I’ve finished it. This was the case in October 2015 when I read Lori Benton’s The Wood’s Edge, the prequel to this selection. It pierced my heart in a way that left me yearning for the rest of the story. A Flight of Arrows is the powerful, heart-mending, soul stirring conclusion to The Pathfinders Series.
When William Aubrey learned of his true Native American parentage he was thrown into an identity crisis. Seeking to distance himself from the man who’d deceived him, he fled North to join the Royal British Army. It’s 1776: as the army prepares to advance towards his home and the ones he once loved, second thoughts begin to surface. Anyone who has ever found themselves on one path wishing they could do an about face and run the other direction will connect with William.
Similar to the first book, Anna and Two Hawks remain my favorite characters. Having confessed their love for one another they are earnestly seeking her father Reginald’s blessing to marry. In an admirable show of character, Two Hawks encourages Anna to honor her father while he searches for a way to earn Reginald’s favor.
This series possesses great depth in both character development and spiritual content. Lori Benton skillfully uses her characters to remind us of how God can turn something intended for evil into something good, that He is patient in waiting for us to come to repentance, and that His timing is perfect. It was beautiful to read how these two families forged a friendship through their trials and prayers — united in Christ. Lori’s writing moved me to tears once again.
A Flight of Arrows will be on my Best of 2016 list and I believe The Pathfinders Series is a top pick for book clubs.
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