Many Sparrows

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Many Sparrows

Many Sparrows (WaterBrook, August 2017)

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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Reviews

  • A book that teaches us more than a typical fiction book ever could!

  • The author gives us a historical read that not only tears at your heart but warms your heart also. Written with such feeling and leaves you wanting more. It will inspire you. It will bring tears. It will make you feel like you are on that wilderness mountain top, alone, facing the unknown.

  • Lori Benton has wrote a well-rounded and dynamic novel. The book flows so well that you won’t get to much historical information and get lost. She introduces the characters with such grace that you feel you know them.

  • Once I started to read “Many Sparrows” by author Lori Benton I was thrown into the time when women and men lived without anything to hold onto to except their faith and their families. Claire was a young mother who had to face horrible events in her life.

  • My last fiction review for the summer is a great one! This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years.

  • 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! 

  • If you love historical fiction novels than I would pick this book up or at least read other reviews to see if it would be a right for you.

  • Many Sparrows is the story of the power of a Mother’s love, strength, compassion, forgiveness and understanding. It is powerful and the emotions pour off of the page. Lori has a great way of dragging you into the story and you feel as if you are side by side with Clare on this journey.

    Many Sparrows is an amazing novel from start to finish and I could not put this one down!

  • I found this book not only to be highly entertaining, but historically informative. Ms. Benton has written another book that is impossible to put down until the end. I hope that there will be another novel picking up where this one left off. I’d love to see what happened.

  • A new writer to me and my first book by Lori. I did enjoy this story. It was beautiful well put together. Full of history that I loved reading about. Great characters and a book that touched me in many ways. Looking forward to reading more.

  • The poignant underlying thread throughout draws us readers in, yet it’s also the sadness of life’s trials that led to the glimmer of hope for our characters. Faith and courage ties this story beautifully with the historical setting. In all, Many Sparrows is beautiful and complex.

  • This is a story that will grab your heart and never let go.

  • How do you do justice to a story that is at once exquisitely heartrending and powerfully inspiring in a few brief paragraphs? Impossible. And yet here I am, trying to do just that. It will probably require a number of repetitions of the word ‘exquisite’, so I apologise for that in advance, but it is the word that repeatedly comes to mind. Exquisite writing, exquisite pain, and yet exquisite beauty in and through that pain. It’s the kind of story that knits the truth into your very marrow—that our God is a God who has His eye on every sparrow, and that “He’s working all the while, before and behind and beside us”, even when we don’t see it.

  • Now that I’ve read Many Sparrows, I understand what all the fuss over Lori Benton’s writing is about. This book is simply beautiful, and I’m eager to read more of Benton’s novels.

  • My first book by Lori Benton and I’ll certainly be coming back for more.

  • This is a beautiful, well-written book. The characters are compelling and well-developed. The story is interesting and not predictable. There is sweet romance, although romance isn’t the primary focus of the book. And there is spiritual encouragement, as readers share in Clare and Jeremiah’s personal stories. But the book isn’t ever “preachy.”

  • Lori Benton’s Many Sparrows establishes a thought provoking view into a time when the places now known as states were still colonies, relations with Native Americans were tumultuous, and the quest for land ownership often ended in tragedy.

  • This was an incredible historical story! I loved the over all message and thought Lori did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. This one was hard to put down!

  • This is a book that will tug at the heart and will leave you thinking about the characters and plot long after the story is finished. Now if you’re looking for a cute pick-me-up, this is not for you. We are dealing with some hard battles. This will bring tears (so make sure those tissues are handy), but it will also warm the heart. It will inspire you.

  • Moments says:

    Lori Benton has created a beautiful story of adventure and heartache as well as one that is inspiring and filled with hope. 

  • As I turned the pages of Many Sparrows, I once again found Lori Benton’s storytelling to be enthralling, historically compelling, and awash in the faith that sustains. She reveals the strength and weaknesses and unspeakable trials that were faced in the push westward.

  • This book was incredible and compelling to read with the story that was inspired base from the historically the Americans during the Revolutionary war “ Dunmore’s war” along the Ohio River Kentucky frontier in 1774.

  • Intertwining the lives of the Native Americans with the white Americans, enables the reader to become acquainted with the Native American way of life. They bind together, are fiercely loyal and generous. “Each family sharing what they didn’t need rather than hoarding it.”
    Names are important. Native American names reveal the character of a person. A name change is significant as it mirrors a change in character.
    I really enjoyed Many Sparrows. It gave me an appreciation for the Native American way of life and how they suffered at the hands of the army. I was educated whilst enjoying a cracking tale.

  • Meticulously researched and populated with compellingly authentic personalities, Many Sparrows tugs at the heart and triggers a plethora of emotions. This stirrinng tale reminds the reader that conflicts and battles are often impossible to resolve with human effort but require us to simply be still and allow God to work. Don’t miss this stunning work of heart.

  • Overall, Many Sparrows is a well-written historical novel, and is one of my favorite reads from 2017, so far anyway.

  • By The Book says:

    Lori Benton has become my go-to author for my historical fiction fix because she not only allows the reader to step back into a completely believable time and place, but creates characters that capture both heart and imagination. Her latest novel, Many Sparrows, is a look into the frontier expansion of America in the late 1770s. With a pending war with England on the horizon, settlers are eager to claim land farther and farther to the west. But progress comes at a cost to the native Americans already living there. Tensions rise with horrific results. Based on an actual event, Many Sparrows captures the essence of life along the undeveloped Ohio River, giving equal attention and sympathies to both sides of the conflict. For fans of early American fiction, Many Sparrows is a must-read.

  • Each of these characters displayed amazing faith and courage. I loved this book and highly recommend it. You won’t be able to put it down. Grab you’re copy today!

  • An engaging story of the white man and Shawnee indian trying to learn to live together. The two main characters are so likeable, each with their own powerful stories to tell. Both are strong willed and have been hurt so are careful not to let someone get too close. This is not a sappy tale, it’s one of faith, patience, and believing in God’s timing. Vivid detail and wonderfully written, you feel the sense of loss and fear in Clare as she struggles to bring her sons home. You want to find out what happens yet you feel saddened as you near the end of the book.

  • This book is completely engrossing, raw, vulnerable, and realistic. I love how it brought to life the harsh realities of the untamed frontier, as well as the communities and cultures that collided as the settlers ventured further into the southwest. Clare is willing to do anything to regain her son, she has gone through a lot in a short span of time, she knows that her faith isn’t where it should be and she struggles to trust God even though she knows that she should. I liked the honesty in her character, she isn’t perfect, but she is a mother who loves her child and is forced to accept many things that she cannot control, and trust the One Who Holds Tomorrow.

  • What an amazing and powerfully written story of faith and trusting in God.

  • There is nothing I like more than a book about then for it to be set in the 1800s and to have pioneers and Native Americans as characters. I have read many books by this author and she never disappoints me. She does a good job of setting the scenes and characters. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose not only your husband but your son as well. Clare was such a strong woman. First she gives birth on the wild frontier then she goes after other son – determined to rescue him from his captors. While reading this book you will find yourself going through many emotions from sadness, to anger to grief to relief. In my my opinion this was another hit by Lori.

  • A must-read for 2017! You will be thinking about this novel long after you have read it. This story is incredible!

  • Wow. This book was amazing. I loved the journey that it took me on. I laughed. I cried. My heart would hurt for the sorrow then it would beam with the victories. The characters were very well written. The setting and research are very well written and I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the character, Clare. She was a strong individual. Reading about her throughout the journey reminds me of the journies that God takes us on in life. If we put our trust in HIM, he will direct our steps. I look forward to more from this author.

  • is book left me breathless, emotionally changed and viewing historical fiction in a different way. Lori Benton created a new world to this reader within our nation’s beginnings. Many Sparrows was riveting, emotionally moving, and breathtaking.

  • The world that Lori Benton has built for her characters in Many Sparrows is authentic. Just a trip off the beaten path in this area and one can easily imagine what it might have been like for those carving out a path in the wilderness of the Alleghenies. Ms. Benton’s research into the area shines. I would never have guessed that she is not a native of the area. Wheeling, Pittsburgh, the Monongahela River, the Ohio, it all just shimmers with danger and unpredictability on the page. Is it okay for me to fangirl over all this? I can’t help it!

  • Reading this, it did not take long for me to realize that this was going to be one of Lori’s best novels. Despite my feelings about Clare in the beginning (more on that later), the level of conflict and grief was already well established within the first pages, promising an enthralling read.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    This book was set in the time period of late 1700s when the Colonists and Indians were at war with each other due to land conflicts and language barriers among other things. Clare and her husband Philip are separated early on in this story so the rest of the story is her struggling to stay alive and to keep her children alive as she struggles in her new environment. Indian fights, killings, lack of food…were daily struggles for Clare, her children and their new friend Jeremiah.

  • My grandparents lived near Harrodsburg, Kentucky so it was fascinating to learn more about this area’s history. I also loved reading more about the Native American way of doing everyday things such as gardening. The only thing I disliked about Many Sparrows was the multitude of characters to keep up with. If you’re good with following a complex story, consider reading Many Sparrows!

  • Many Sparrows is a fascinating look at frontier life in the run up to the American Revolution. It shows how relationships and communities can grow and then be torn apart by misunderstanding and anger. There are no clearly defined enemies, except in the historic battle, and there are many Indians and whites in it who try to bridge the divide between their people to stop the fighting and killing. This is a novel that truly tugged at my heartstrings and I actually think my life is better for having read it.

  • This author has not only crafted a page turning read, she has really done her research. This story takes place just before the American Revolution which was a time of great turmoil between many groups of people…most especially the Americans and the Indian nations. I love a story that not only holds my attention, but one in which I can learn something new. I haven’t studied much about the Native American Indians and this book wove their beautiful culture into this story. I enjoyed learning about the American Indians way of life.

  • This novel is a deep well of loss, pain, fighting, determination, and learning to trust God and others when everything in life is beyond our control. I can see why its depth would speak to many. Due to how interested I became in some of the minor characters I will definitely be reading more of this author’s work in the future.

  • Ms. Benton weaves characters in and around the time period creating a seamless beautiful blanket that wraps around you like an old friend.
    This really isn’t a story, it is an experience of your heart, mind, and soul. Seeing sorrow turn to joy, fear turn to trust, hate turn to love, and most importantly forgiveness turn to hope.

  • Somehow, Many Sparrows was even better than I ever could have imagined! I knew Lori was an outstanding author, but this novel blew everything else out of the water. There were also a few unexpected twists and turns, and I definitely didn’t predict the way the story would end, which made this novel even better. All in all, I can’t imagine giving Many Sparrows any less than all five bookshelves, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a lover of historical fiction. Or even to anyone in general really. Lori has woven together a masterpiece of history, redemption, and the strength of a mother’s love, and I know I will definitely remember this story for years to come.

  • Jami's Words says:

    Upon reading the description on the back of the book, I had a feeling that I’d be stepping back in time. Knowing the area in which Many Sparrows takes place like the back of my hand, I couldn’t wait to read. And true to my suspicion, Lori Benton took me back to a place where I could see the trees, feel the grass around my legs, and smell the earth of the area. I know this area. I grew up there. I’ve often wondered over the years what it must have been like to traipse the woods in the 1770s when early Americans were settling.

    Growing up, I’d often found arrowheads on my grandparent’s property, north of the Ohio River. Many times I’ve imagined the struggle of the Natives, fighting so strongly to hold on to their lands that they loved so dearly. . . .

  • Clare is a determined mother, her son was taken and adopted by the Indians, with a newborn and Jeremiah’s help she is on the trail to get her son. This is set in the late 1700’s when the Indians and whites very rarely got along. This was a long book but one that was hard to put down, very well written book. I could feel the characters, visualize the scenes. This is my first book by Lori Benton and I definitely plan to read more. I really love reading history books and she does an excellent job of writing one.

  • I highly recommend this novel! Four stars, and two thumbs, this book should be on everyone’s book shelf! This book will twist you up, spin you around and leave you wanting more from this amazingly talented author. Well done, Ms. Benton!

  • Many Sparrows is a stirring story! Benton engaged my senses from the very beginning, transporting me into the rugged wilderness and bringing to life the characters who lived there. Clare and Jeremiah share a dramatic and emotional journey, and I was captivated by their heart-wrenching experiences.

  • The thing in this book that made me cry was the faith arc. So beautiful. Learning to trust that God has a good path for His children, even if it looks scary or filled with pain and heartache, is so important.

  • One of the hardest things for me to read was the battle between the troops and the Shawnee. The author shows how much research went into the story by the details of the culture and how they each fought to save their land and people. I’m impressed by the balance she wrote about both the Indians and white. One of the biggest parts of the story revolves around Claire trying to get her son back. As hard as it was to know who had him, she showed grace and mercy towards this person. If you are looking for a well written historical book filled with action, a bit of romance and learning how to have faith, this is one book you must read.

  • Book Reviews says:

    Many Sparrows is an intense trip into the western frontier with imperfect characters wrapped in God’s grace. Clare is waiting for her husband to return to their damaged wagon when her premature labor begins distracting her from watching her four year old son. His disappearance begins a long journey of physically searching for her son Jacob as well as a spiritual search for a God that can make good out of any situation.

  • Beautiful is the word that comes to mind when I think of this story beginning to end. This may seem odd because it is filled with turmoil, despair, loss, and heartache but it also has redemption of the greatest sort on many levels.

  • Many Sparrows is an outstanding work of fiction. This epic story is steeped in history, and it engaged so many emotions – from heartbreak and anger, to admiration and rejoicing. Clare and Jeremiah are strong, memorable characters, with Jeremiah going on my list of favorite leading men. The chemistry and bond between these two makes for pure reading pleasure. The spiritual theme is so very relevant, for courage and sheer determination in light of unimaginable hardship and heartbreak are timeless, as is a reluctance to wait on God’s timing when things are beyond our control. Highly recommended.

  • Many Sparrows is hard book to put down! I wanted to just keep reading, uninterrupted. Anyone who enjoys history will definitely want to read this one. I’ll be checking my library, to see if they have any other books by Lori.

  • This was my first book by Lori Benton and it certainly won’t be my last. I have always been drawn to historical novels. When Benton drew me in to the story I could not put the book down until I read the last page. I felt as if I was right there experiencing what the characters were going through. Her research was spot on and she knows how to put it in story form.. Love the book Lori and I al so ready to read more. Great book!!!!

  • It’s a rough journey that Philip is taking his pregnant wife and small son on – especially when he chose not to stay with a wagon train.

    During the journey Clare ends up alone and in labor.

    This is the first book of Ms Benton’s that I’ve read. I’m looking forward to reading many more.

  • Yet another outstanding historical novel filled with so much detail and depth, recreating a time in American history that is little read about and little understood. I loved how this book gave a perspective from both the settlers and Native Americans point of view so you could see where both were coming from.

  • The historical fiction novel had an interesting story blending aspects of true events into the story.

  • I know that I enjoyed this book and I hope that you check it out for yourself and enjoy it as much as I did.

  • This was a really interesting book with insight and a look into a time period in our country’s history before even the Revolutionary War. The battles with Native Americans were happening and it was a sad time.

    It was an interesting read, slow at times, but in the end kept my attention waiting for the resolution to all of Clare’s dilemmas. It reminded me to trust God above all things and no matter what happens in life. We don’t always know why God allows things to happen but he always works things out for our good! This book was a great reminder of that!

  • Many Sparrows is a beautifully written story that women that enjoy historical romances would love!
    I look forward to reading more!

  • I highly recommend this book, but I am going to withhold any explanation of the title MANY SPARROWS and let you discover its importance on your own. You will not be disappointed.

  • Book by Book says:

    Like every other Lori Benton novel, Many Sparrows does not disappoint. Benton transports her readers to the American frontier of the late eighteenth century with skill and tells a story that fans of historical fiction absolutely must read. Her characters move through the pages with depth and clarity, their circumstances heartbreaking and full of adventure, their scenery vivid and well suited to every moment. Captivating and compelling as it engages so many emotions and portrays powerful themes, Many Sparrows is a marvelous read—I loved it and didn’t want it to end. I highly, highly recommend it.

  • This book was such a fascinating read! There was such an incredible message about learning to trust God and letting Him fight your battles for you instead of you trying to fix everything on your own. The writing was wonderful and the scenes just came alive. There’s some romance and some fighting and also some hard truths about the culture and the times, such as characters were scalped and there were horrible tragedies mentioned. I found parts of the book sad but it didn’t dwell on that and ultimately, I felt reassured and reminded that God’s in control.

  • This is definitely one of my favorite reads. It will stay with me for a long time.

  • If you have never read any of Lori Benton’s novels, now is a great time to start! Her newest novel grabbed my heart and attention from the first words all the way through till the very climactic conclusion! Lori Benton brings together threads of Scripture, faith, romance, action and adventure plus more to weave a masterpiece that was worth waiting for!

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