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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  617 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Many Sparrows
When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderne
Paperback, 390 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Waterbrook Press
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This sucked me right in, from the shocking and absorbing first page all the way to the meaningful, excellent ending! I found it on my doorstep when I got home at about 5:30, and I finished it at about 12:30 am. I simply couldn't put it down!

I felt for Clare, so much. She's already breaking, with her husband's insistence on dragging his family deeper into Indian territory as tenuous peace crumbles, and as she is weeks away from giving birth. Is it any wonder that she shatters when her husband doe
Melissa Tagg
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aaaaand I'm pretty sure I just read my very favorite book of 2017! If Lori Benton wasn't already sitting firmly atop my "favorite authors forever and ever" list (hint: she definitely was), she (still) is after this one.

^^Okay that was my initial reaction to this book and it literally took me weeks to come back and write a full review because I couldn't figure out how to put into words how much I love this stunning book. But I’ll do my best…so here goes:

The storyline: This story is action-packed
Michelle Griep
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you about my keeper shelf. It's sparse. There are very few books gracing that hallowed hall of fame because I am a jaded reader. It's got to be one spectacular wingding of a read that kills my inner editor and transports me to another time and place to earn a spot on that coveted shelf.

And Many Sparrows did it.

Author Lori Benton pens a tale that, as an author myself, makes me want to throw my computer right out the window and give up the ghost of pretense. She is, quite simply, a roc
I truly can’t pick a favorite Lori Benton book – I’ve loved them all so far, and while some I enjoyed more than others, I can’t possibly choose a favorite. Many Sparrows only added to this wonderful problem of loving all of an author’s books.

I read this more slowly than I might normally have in the past. For one, my reading time is just not what it used to be, and for two, when you know the next book is going to be a while, you want to savor it, if you can. It was hard to read slowly because the
Jocelyn Green
Stunning. Many Sparrows is everything I want in a book: settings that spring to life, characters I love, rich historical context, heart-wrenching drama, timeless spiritual insights, and prose that reads like poetry. Lori Benton handles the conflicted eighteenth-century with sensitivity in this tender tale of hope and fear, faith and doubt, of loss and new life. Truly, an inspired masterpiece sure to stir the soul.
Nobody does historical fiction regarding the clashes between Native Americans and whites better than Lori Benton. Every book of hers I have read has been amazing. Her historical detail and research is incredible. It shows on every page of the book. Her understanding of the lives and culture of the Native Americans during the westward expansion and their struggle to retain their land, even before the Revolutionary War, is displayed in every event that takes place within their society. Within all ...more
For the first time in a long time, I read a book besides the Bible that completely settled my soul and tuned me out from lives conflicts. This book is the most satisfying and stirring book I've read all year. It spoke to me in so many ways, but most of all the message of knowing God and resting in Him was so real and deep. Sometimes we have to just "be still and know" that He is God!

It took a few chapters to get into this book, but not because I wasn't pulled in from the beginning. It's more the
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, ownedpb
WOW! Just wow...more's 1:37 AM...sleep lost, but a beautiful story gained!
Sarah Sundin
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is a beautiful tale. Clare’s desperate longing to be reunited with her son gives the story a poignant pull as she learns to trust God and release her beloved boy into His hands. Jeremiah is a compelling hero, strong and faithful and wise, but with an underlying sadness that draws you in. The lives of both the settlers and the Shawnees are rendered with such compassion and realism that the clashes between them are even more harrowing. Many Sparrows is an exquisite nov ...more
So I finished Many Sparrows.

Many Sparrows exhibited a heart wrenching and heart filled story that only could be concocted by Queen Lori Benton herself.

Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is a heart-wrenchingly gorgeous tale of how one woman's love for her son carries her on a journey of spiritual, physical, and emotional depth.
I loved this novel! Every novel by Lori Benton, in my humble opinion, is independently well-done on it's own. From Burning Sky to Many Sparrows, each novel has had it's own unique spiritual lesson, allowing the reader to grow spiritually along with the characters.
Would I recommend? Yes, a million times, yes! 5/5 stars from me.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Many Sparrows is an outstanding work of fiction, and that one adjective says it all. This epic story is steeped in history, but in an oh-so-interesting way. It engaged so many emotions – from heartbreak and anger, to admiration and rejoicing. I have long bemoaned the fact that Christian fiction doesn’t have enough quality literature set during America’s early years, my favorite era to read about. Well, Lori Benton now ranks right up there with
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"We don't get the eagle's view. Sometimes we look around and it's like being hemmed by a thicket of thorns. But it's there."

Clare Inglesby's birth pains were a prologue to the grief that she was yet to bear; trapped alone in the wilderness without her husband, her son, or a wagon that would roll, she is forced to suffer the indignity of a stranger's hands bringing her infant daughter into the world. Learning that her husband was brutally ambushed and scalped by a Mingo warrior, who more than lik
Mackenzie Carol
Many Sparrows is a stand-alone novel, but isn’t the first book I’ve ever read by Lori Benton. A while back I read The Wood's Edge and absolutely loved it, so I was super excited once I found out I would be receiving this book. However, I have to say, it was not what I expected. 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. Many Sparrows is easily now one of my top ten favorite s ...more
Luisa Knight
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audible
When you start this, make sure you have time to read a decent chunk because it sucks you in quickly! Not that it ever lets you go; you'll be drawn along with the story and left emotionally hanging until the end. It was definitely hard to put down.

The story takes place in 1774 along the Ohio-Kentucky frontier, and begins with Philip, his wife Clare, who is pregnant, and their four-year-old son Jacob, struggling to catch up with a group heading deeper into the frontier. Philip wants to claim land,
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've often marveled at Lori's research into the time periods she writes, but with Many Sparrows I thought I caught her out. A fair amount of the book is set in Virginia--the part that's now West Virginia--and while I'm no expert on history, I do know a little about my home state.

And there, at the beginning of chapter 26, she mentioned the Indian war chief Buckongahelas. But wait a minute. I grew up just outside Buckhannon, named for the Indian war chief Buckongehanon. The book "The Scout of the
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many Sparrows is definitely one of the best books that I have read this year! These characters just pulled me in. I felt heartache, frustration, desperation, hope, peace, love, and much more. The author elicited so many emotions from me while I read this novel.

I loved the two main characters in this story. I was amazed as I watched Clare’s growth throughout the novel. There were times, early on in the story, when Clare really struggled with controlling her reactions. She had to go through a lot
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
What an epic story! I was completely immersed in the time period and setting with Clare as she fights for her son. It's definitely a heartbreaking journey and the process of change she goes through is profound. Jeremiah's support and patience is a Godsend to her, although she doesn't always see him that way when he doesn't act as swiftly as she'd like. The struggles and experiences portrayed seem unreal, but I know that they are based on history and the realities that settlers and natives faced. ...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Sep 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
DNF for now . . . I'll probably come back to it eventually, but I have more interesting books to read right now. 😂
Amanda Geaney
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Achingly beautiful, Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is one of my favorite books of 2017. Similar to The Wood’s Edge (The Pathfinders series), Lori Benton takes aim at the hearts of women—particularly mothers—who would read this story. Be prepared to descend to emotional depths rarely tapped in Christian fiction. Eventually, you will emerge with a new appreciation for the sovereignty of God as well as a fortified resolve to wait on Him.

Susan Snodgrass
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1774. In the Ohio-Kentucky frontier, pulsing with tension and brutal conflicts between the Colonists and the Indians, Clare Inglesby is left alone on the trail during a journey west by her husband when goes for help. Alone, with a 4 year old son and pregnant, Clare goes into labor. Going into the woods to protect her son's hearing her labor groaning, she returns to find him gone. No trace of 4 year old Jacob is to be found. With her child moments away from being born, frontiersman Jeremiah Ring ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Beautifully written story about a mother's love and learning to rely on God rather than self or others. In typical Benton fashion, the story is written in rich historical detail and imagery.

Lori Benton delivers again.
Lydia Howe
Why I Choose this Book:

I don't remember requesting this book, and by the time I picked it up to read it I had completely forgotten what it was about. I didn't even know what time period it was set in, so it was one of those total surprises. 

What I Thought about this Book:

It's been a long time since a book has gripped me so fast and furiously. The setting, the plot, the characters... They all shouted at me to give them my utter attention, and I hardly wanted to put the book down after I got into
Oh my heart!! This book is so emotionally engaging! As I've come to expect from Lori Benton's books, you'll be drawn into this story, and the life lessons it teaches, with a depth of feeling that will leave you quietly pondering your own life and the ways God works for our good, even though it sometimes hurts.

I very much admired Clare's grit and determination to go after her son. Oh my word, she was determined!! And after just having a baby, too! Wow! My heart just hurt for the things she goes t
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is magnificent and immensely satisfying. I can't put myself together to write a proper review so I'll probably gush all the way through...

Clare Inglesby and Jeremiah Ring's story is one that pulls you from the beginning. It makes you want to read it as quickly as possible but, at the same time, it compels you to go slowly, savor it with purpose, relish the journey and let it be more than just a story but a venture that can change you as well.

This book pulls you in every direction, from
Sarah Monzon
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well that twisted my Mama heart but good. Exquisitely written. Probing and deep.
J.M. Hochstetler
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lori Benton recreates the world of the Virginia colonists and the Shawnee in 1774 in vivid, haunting detail, while capturing a mother’s desperate determination to bring both her newborn and her stolen son safely home—wherever that home may lie. It’s a goal that seems impossible to reach even when Jacob is found. And even as Clare is increasingly drawn to Jeremiah Ring, the mysterious stranger who appeared to help her in her time of greatest need, she chafes mightily against his insistence on pat ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. I’d give it a solid 3.5 stars. I loved the time period and the story kept my interest, however, it was not one that captured me. My feedback is purely personal preference. I think some will really enjoy it, especially if you like the plot. It was almost entirely about a mother trying to get her son back who was taken by Indians. The focus of the story is her inner turmoil to surrender to the Lord and trust Him for the end results. As Clare sets out to get her son back she i ...more
Cheryl Barker
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this novel by Lori Benton. A story that kept me thoroughly engaged and turning pages. So many wonderful life and spiritual lessons included as well. Recommended!
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many Sparrows is a soaring epic of love and loss, war and redemption, set against the backdrop of Dunmore's War, which pitted Virginians eager to expand west and stake a claim to the territory against the Mingo and Shawnee nations who called the rich frontier their home. Led west by a husband hopelessly out of his element, Clare Inglesby finds herself abandoned, on the verge of giving birth to in the wilderness, with her four year old son Jacob missing. Nearly senseless with worry and grief, Cla ...more
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Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bond ...more

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“Don't go judging the Almighty by your own understanding. We're rarely given eyes to see the whole of what He's doing in our lives or through us. That's why we're called to walk by faith, not by sight.'

'Jeremiah, I've tried,' she protested. 'All I do is stumble about, making everything worse. I see no way through this - '

He held up a hand, stopping her. 'I've been where you are. I've felt what you're feeling. But you must surrender your will and your wisdom to the Almighty, give it over to Him once and for all and stop blindly groping about for what to do next. Why not try doing nothing?'

She looked at him uncomprehendingly.

'I don't think you grasp what it means to wait on the Lord,' he said. 'To let Him come to your rescue. To completely, utterly trust.”
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