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March 31, 2015

The Wood's Edge

A review by Abi

Remorse and self-loathing battered from within, tempting him to open his coat and invite this bloody-minded heathen staring him down across the embers to try for his heart.

The blurb of The Wood's Edge intrigued me. Living in Upstate New York, I'm aware of the plentiful history surrounding my neck of the woods. However, this book brought that history alive with splendor, grief, adventure and daily life in the 1700's. I loved the varied cast of characters, and though there are many, I never once got them mixed up. Every character is well-developed and believable. I became absolutely engrossed while delving into the world rich with history.

Sometimes the timeline had me going back a page or two in order grasp where I was, because it sometimes moved too swiftly. However it didn't take much to be invested again. I felt like I was living the story as it unfolded right with the characters…and I must admit, I'm a tiny bit in love with Two-Hawks, but I'm sure Anna won't have any of that nonsense, so I'll have to settle for swooning.
I won't reiterate the blurb, but I will say the choices Reginald made affected every character in the book, which goes to show how his decision to steal a child, no matter the reason, will have life-long repercussions.

Lori Benton's writing is visual, her voice soft and gentle. I loved this book.

In the interest of an honest review, I must also state what I found lacking, or didn't like about the book. The Wood's Edge kept me on the edge of my seat—then dropped me on my butt with the last scene. I was left blinking, wondering what the heck just happened. I needed closure and only then did I realize this story was left with a major plot unfinished. I love series books. Heck, I even write them. However, I prefer a book to have closure, series or not. The Wood's Edge left me hanging and to tell the truth, a bit frustrated.

 However, now that you know this will leave you hanging, you won't come across this by surprise. Therefore, I still highly recommend this book. Lori Benton's creation is amazing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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