Two brothers separated at birth, one stolen from his mother in an evacuation of Fort William Henry during the French & British war in 1757 and raised white. The other one raised by his white mother, Good Voice, and father, Stone Thrower, as an Oneida Indian. THE WOODS EDGE by Lori Benton is such a story.
The white son, named William, thinks Reginal and Heledd Aubrey are his parents and does not know he is a half-breed. During the evacuation a little baby girl, whose mother was killed, is rescued and raised as Williams sister.
Two Hawks is the sons raised by his parents, Good Voice and Stone Thrower, among the Oneida’s while the grieve and search for the stolen son.
Nineteen years of grief, hatred, regret, fear, anger every emotion imaginable. This is a story of redemption and forgiveness that we could learn and benefit from.
I found the narrative hard at the beginning as it starts out with horrific events that make you questions humanity. Then as it progress’s your compassion for the Indians and their plight deepens with questions of how it could be done the way it was.
This is a very compelling story in many ways and I found it enthralling and spell binding. I have no qualms giving it the highest recommendation.
I received this book free for a fair and honest review from Water Brook Publishers.