Forgiveness isn’t easy when something horrible has been done to you. The Wood’s Edge, by Lori Benton, is about forgiving others for their misdeeds. Major Aubrey’s wife has given birth to a stillborn son and while she is sleeping, he sees another woman with two living babies and takes one of them to replace his dead son. The horror is that he leaves the stillborn baby with the sleeping mother. Yes, this is a terrible thing and the Mr. Aubrey lives with the guilt from that day on.
While escaping danger with his wife and stolen son, he saves another child from being murdered by an Indian. Her mother is dead so he adopts her as his own. Unfortunately his wife never really accepts the little girl. Years later we learn that the son (William), Reginald Aubrey has raised is actually half Native American. His adopted daughter meets his brother in a field and begins a friendship that ends up with both wanting to marry.
Even after Aubrey’s secret is revealed those close to him still love him. His wife has since died from illness so she never discovers the truth. What’s interesting is that Reginald eventually meets William’s family. Of course the hate has raged in his biological father’s heart and at first he wants to kill this man. By the grace of God, he does not. He relays the story of how his wife was taken from a family to “ease the pain” of a lost child. I think he understands the lesson learned. Revenge isn’t the answer and letting go of negative feelings provides a way to heal. Cultures can blend and be peaceful if we allow them to. This is the first edition in a series and I look forward to reading more.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books.
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