31 March 2015

Teresa Mathews Reviews Lori Benton's THE WOOD'S EDGE



The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton
Waterbrook Press


Have you ever picked up a book and before you know what has happened you find yourself so enthralled that you don't want to put it down? This magnificent tale by Lori Benton is one of those stories.

Ms. Benton takes us back in time to the 1757 New York frontier, where life at the British Fort "William Henry" is about to come to an abrupt end by the hands of blood-thirsty, marauding Indians.  What takes place during this horrific time will forever change the lives of two families.  

Amidst the fighting Major Reginald Aubrey watched his fragile wife give birth to a son, then moments later while she slept, he realizes the boy has died. Deciding to take him away for burial before Heledd awakens, Reginald heads outside. On the way he sees a young woman that was taken from the Oneida Indians who has given birth to twins, one as fair as she is and the other as dark as his Indian father. Barely thinking twice, the grieving father makes a decision that will haunt him for years to come; he switches the babies.

Barely escaping with their lives, Reginald with Heledd and baby William head for safety, on the way they come upon a family that was all slaughtered by the Indians, except for a little girl, who appears less than a year old. Knowing he cannot leave her, Anna becomes a part of their family.

Years later Heledd takes William to Wales where he furthers his education, leaving behind Reginald and a heart broken Anna. Mourning for her brother, Anna visits their favorite childhood spot near the edge of the woods and there she meets a young Indian brave by the name of Two Hawks, who oddly reminds her of William. They form a fast bond and what develops after that encounter will bring about the healing of two families.

Lori Benton is an absolute master storyteller; with her descriptive wording she paints a picture that you will forever want to hold in your heart. This story takes you to the deepest depths of despair and then to the highest heights of redemption and forgiveness. The storyline is both captivating and emotional; there are scenes that were so moving I was brought to tears. The ending was different than what I thought it would be but it was both rewarding and satisfying and I can barely wait to see where this story leads as it will be continued in the next book in this series.

*Thanks to Waterbrook Press for supplying a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.* 

You may pre-order this and other books by Lori at AmazonCBDBAM and Barnes and Noble

GIVEAWAY: Two copies of The Wood's Edge will be given away to two blessed commenters on any of the posts this week! E-book only to International winner!


109 comments:

  1. I want to read this book just because it's written by the talented Lori Benton! Although after reading your enticing review Teresa, I'm more eager than ever to get a hold of this book to read asap! And oh my, that cover!! :)

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    1. NOELA this is definitely going to be one of my favorites of 2015!! LORI is more than just a talented writer, she is truly anointed! I can't wait for you to read it!!

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  2. I can't wait to read this book, Teresa! Great Review! TY!

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    1. CARRIE I know you will love it as much as I did! I didn't want to put it down once I started reading it! :-)

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  3. this is one new release that I really want to read. It sounds like a great story!

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    1. HI KAY, so glad you came by, maybe you will be one of our winners this week!

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  4. I can't wait to read this book! Burning Sky was one of my favorite books in recent memory, Lori is a wonderful author.

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    1. Hi PATTY thanks for dropping in! BURNING SKY was LORI's first book and what a pleasure it was to read it. LORI's writing is a blessing!!

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  5. What a great review! I want to read it. My husband's family lived in Upstate NY in those days and there's a story that one of the wives called a band of Indians who came by the house "dogs". She didn't live long. But the father held his little baby son in his arms. When one of the Indians poked at the baby he laughed - and they were both spared.

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    1. Ohmygoodnessgracious ROBIN!! What a story!! Thanks for sharing it!! Even though I am part Indian I might not have been as brave as that father, then again I can usually make friends with anyone! :-)

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  6. I've already received a review copy also, but I have to say: Lori Benton set a really high bar with Burning Sky, but I think she surpassed it with this one. I realize it's rather early yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's my favorite book of the whole year. The complexity, the intensity of emotions, the way it speaks to the heart - Wow. Wow.

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    1. Good to see you here RACHAEL! I have read all of LORI's books and just when I think there is NO WAY she can out do the last one, she DOES!! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Rachael, what an encouraging thing to say. Thank you!

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  7. What an amazing review, TERESA! I don't think mine is needed. :P You have captured the very essence of this amazing book, and I hope EVERYONE orders a copy. They sure won't be sorry!

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    1. DIANA you are too funny, your reviews are ALWAYS the bar I strive to measure mine to and they always fall short! I do agree with you on everyone needs to read it and they won't be sorry if they go ahead and pre-order it!! :-)

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  8. This look like a great book - thanks for your brilliant review, whetting so many appetites! ;)

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    1. Hi CLAIRE, so glad you dropped in! This IS an excellent book!! So glad you enjoyed the review! :-)

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  9. Sounds like a great book! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. SHELIA Yes this is a great book, I hope you get to read it soon!! Thanks for coming by!!

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  10. I love to read! Thank You for this awesome giveaway.

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    1. KAREN you are very welcome, I 'm so glad you came by!! :-)

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  11. A great review Teresa!

    I love reading books that capture you right from the first page and this one sounds like it will do just that. This time period in our history is a favorite of mine. I can't wait to read it.

    My great-great grandmother was Indian, but we have not figured out what tribe she was from.

    Blessings,Tina

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    1. TINA it's always fun to read a book you enjoy from front to back! It's always fun to read books that might take us back to our roots! Thanks for dropping in!! :-)

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  12. Lovely review! Lori's writing is fabulous - thank you for the chance to win!

    Beth
    bharbin07(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you BETH and I agree 100% that LORI's writing is fabulous!! :-)

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  13. Oh my what an excellent review. I agree Lori's writing is not to be missed. Historical fiction is the best. I can't wait to read this one !
    Deanne Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. DEANNE good to see you! Hopefully you will get to read this one soon! I agree Historical Fiction is amazing, it fun to be taken back in time! :-)

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  14. I really enjoyed reading Burning Sky and look forward to reading The Wood's Edge! Thank you for the helpful summary.

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    1. BONNIE my pleasure, reviewing LORI's books are always an honor!! :-)

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  15. Thanks for the lovely review Teresa! I'm so looking forward to giving away a signed copy of The Wood's Edge. In fact, I am expecting a big brown truck to drive up to my house at any minute now with my author copies, one of which I'm giving away here this week. Needless to say I'm highly distracted this morning!

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    1. Did you do a HAPPY DANCE, like I would have done? lol It is always my pleasure and one of the biggest highlight of my year to read and review your new book! Please Keep 'Em Coming!! :-)

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  16. Oh I can't wait to read this book. Would so love a copy of my own.

    Great review. Thanks for sharing! jessie(at)jessiegunderson(dot)com

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    1. JESSIE I sure hope you win a copy of your own! How cool would have be? Thanks for coming by!

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  17. This book is on my wish list! I've seen some great reviews for it! Thanks for a wonderful feature and giveaway!

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    1. NANCEE this is the perfect book for a wish list! Maybe you'll be one of our winners this week and you won't have to wish for it!! :-)

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  18. I wanna read about the woods they sound so mysterious!

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  19. Teresa, thank you for your enticing review of this book! It sounds so interesting and I am becoming an avid fan of Historical fiction. Thanks for this contest and I would love to win this book.
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. MARY LOU it's great to see you! Glad to hear you are becoming a fan of Historical Fiction. I love just about all genre's of Christian Fiction but Historical is pretty much my favorite, at least when I am reading one of LORI's!! :-)

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  20. I am so thankful that I discovered Lori's writing. She manages to recreate those times so wonderfully, and at the same, so accurately. Love the intersection of life and faith in her books. She truly has a God-given gift.:) I would love to receive a copy ( an ebook ) since I'm international. Here it's not easy to get hold of the books you want, because of the cost.
    Thank you for this heartfelt review, it's very much appreciated! :) God bless you! :)
    ddoru_05(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi MANUELA it is so good to have you here today! WoW! You expertly described LORI's work!! I am so glad she is sharing that GOD-given talent with all of us! It is a wonderful blessing!!

      If you don't mind my asking, where are you from? I love meeting people from different countries!

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  21. Wow, great review !! this is a powerful story line !!!!! Lori, you picked a GREAT story !!!! I CANNOT wait to read this book !!!! Thank you Teresa for a great review !!!! Blessings, Rosemary rfoley (at) salemstate (dot) edu

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    1. Hi ROSEMARY!! Thanks for dropping in to join in the excitement of LORI's new book!! I KNOW you will love reading it!! :-)

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  22. Great review - I would love to read this one!!
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi BETTI!! Thanks for joining us today!! I sure hope you get to read this soon, Wouldn't it be great if you were one of our winners?

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  23. I enjoyed reading this review.. I'd love to read the book! thanks for the chance to win a copy :)
    dkstevensneAToutlookD otCoM

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    1. DEANNA thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the review of this amazing book! Here hoping for a win for you! :-)

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  24. This book is definitely going on my to-read list. Thanks for featuring this on OWG and for a chance to win a copy.

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. CINDI you are very welcome! I was so excited to be able to read and review this and share it! Hoping you get to read it soon!! :-)

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  25. This is my first introduction to Lori Benton's new series! I would like to be one blessed commenter! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylinkj[dot]net

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    1. KATHLEEN I would LOVE for you to be one of our blessed commenters too!! You are always a blessing when you comment! You really need to be able to read this wonderful treasure by LORI! :-)

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  26. jackie anderson morrisMarch 31, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    thanks for the chance to win!! morris.jackie49@yahoo.com-jackie morris

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    1. Hi JACKIE you are very welcome for the chance to win!! Thanks for dropping by OWG!! :-)

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  27. I haven't yet read any of Lori's books but it sounds like I've really been missing out! Your review made me want to read The Wood's Edge. I appreciate knowing the story will continue in the next book of this series. When a series is like that, I prefer to get all the books in the series and read them one after the other. I don't like being left hanging till the next book comes out.

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    1. PAM we HAVE to get you reading LORI's books!! lol I do understand about the cliffhangers, they aren't my favorite either but the way LORI ended this left me so elated I surely didn't mind at all!! It had me in tears it was so moving! It surely gives me something to look forward to! :-)

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  28. Sounds like a great book, would love to get an ebook version ( I'm international ) thanks for the chance! sabra.almah@yahoo.com.au

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    1. WOW, SABRA it's great to have another International guest today!! I'm so delighted you dropped in! Here's hoping you are one of our Blessed winners!! :-)

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  29. Wow, what a great book. I would love to win it. It sounds like a great read. I also like the interview. Congrats on the book I hope it does well for you.

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    1. Hi TAMMY thanks for coming by OWG today! I sure would love for you to win this outstanding book!! :-)

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  30. I absolutely love the way Lori Benton writes. Her storytelling is amazing and I can't wait to read this book.

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    1. AMANDA you are so right, LORI's writing is fabulous! Thank you for coming by and commenting today!! :-)

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  31. I have this book preordered but if I win I have a friend that would love to have a copy! Thanks for this opportunity! grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. BRENDA You are ahead of the game!! That's so sweet you are thinking about your friend! If you win I know both you and your friend will love this book! :-)

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  32. This story sounds amazing! Thank you for the chance to win a copy; I enjoy Lori's books!
    karen(at)fallotfam(dot)com

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    1. KAREN you so right, it was so amazing it was hard to find the words to describe it! I know you will love it!! Thanks for coming by!! :-)

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  33. Great review! Informative, and intriguing. I'm excited to read Lori Benton's book, and promise to share with my mother, since we're both avid readers!

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    1. HI BONNIE, so glad to meet another avid reader! That's so sweet you are going to share with your mom! I know you both will love LORI's books; she is a phenomenal writer! :-)

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  34. Oooh! I'd love to read this book... the review was interesting and I hope that I can share a review on it too.
    Thank you!

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    1. TAMI I sure hope you get to read it soon and I know LORI would love for you to review it!! Thanks for dropping by OWG.

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  35. Oh, The Wood's Edge is at the very top of my wish list! Lori Benton's stories are magnificent! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful review, Teresa. It makes me even more eager to read this story!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. BRITNEY so glad you enjoyed the review, it was so hard to compact all that awesomeness into a small review. lol Sure hope you get to read it as soon as it comes out as I know you will love it! Thanks for coming by! :-)

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  36. Hi Teresa. Another great review. But would expect it from Lori. She is very talented. I have Burning Sky and Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. Now I know I want this one too. Love the title and the cover. Sure hope I can win one.. Also love you girls. Hope you all have a wonderful Easter. Hope everyone can stay well. Not feeling too good right now. The kids will celebrate my 80th birthday that day also. I'm also excited for the Holidays because that's when I get to see a lot of my family. God bless you all. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hi MAXIE It's always great to have you come by and brighten up the place! :-) HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY!! Wouldn't it be wonderful for you to win a copy of LORI's book?!! Love you!!

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  37. There is not much better than a book you can't put down. Looking forward to this.

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    1. MARY you are 100% right!! I just love it when a book seems to grab you and pull you in!! Thanks for coming by!! :-)

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  38. The cover is lovely! Sounds very good....would love to read. TY for the chance. God bless!

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    1. LUCY you are so welcome, thank you for coming by and joining with OWG's celebration of The Wood's Edge!! :-)

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  39. I love Lori Benton! I recently read Burning Sky and it was fantastic! Would love to read this one too! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. MICHELLE it's so good to see you here!! If you loved Burning Sky you will also love The Wood's Edge!! LORI's stories are always spellbinding and uplifting!! :-)

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  40. I love Lori Benton! I recently read Burning Sky and it was fantastic! Would love to read this one too! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. MICHELLE I think Blogger is up to it's tricks again! lol

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  41. This sounds like a wonderful story. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. OOPS email is susansj at msn dot com

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    2. Hi SUSAN I would like nothing better than for you to win!! Thank you for dropping in!! :-)

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  42. The cover of this book is beautiful and the story sounds captivating. I can't wait to read it!
    rdewey17(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. REBECCA isn't that cover amazing?!! I sure hope you get to read it soon!! :-)

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    1. CARRIE there are not enough words to fully explain how great LORI's books are! So glad you came by OWG!! :-)

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  44. Sounds good! I've never read Lori, but looking forward to reading this... :)
    tamara_wilkins@ymail.com

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    1. TAMARA you are in for some fantastic reading when you do read one of LORI's books!! They are outstanding! Thanks for dropping by OWG!!! :-)

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  45. What a beautiful cover! The book sounds very intriguing.
    Susan in NC
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi SUSAN! Good to see you dropped by OWG! This wonderful book is definitely intriguing and will keep you flipping those pages! :-)

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  46. WOW!! Beautiful, compelling, review - Teresa!! There aren't many story lines whose emotion leave me in tears when reading their reviews, this one did - can't wait to read "The Wood's Edge", sure wish I had a copy right now!! Thank you, Teresa!!

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    1. BONNIE, I can't wait for you to read too, it was so moving!! There is one scene in particular that really had me rejoicing! LORI has been blessed with an over-abundance of GOD GIVEN TALENT!!

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  47. Thanks for the giveaway! This looks like a good one! :)

    writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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    1. ANNE yes it is definitely a good one!! Thanks for stopping by OWG!! :-)

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  48. I am totally drawn in by the description of this book! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it! :D Have a great day! :)

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    1. Hello MIPPY it's great to see you again! You are very welcome, it was my pleasure to be able to review The Wood's Edge. I hope you have a marvelous day as well!! :-)

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  49. Every review I read of THE makes me want to read it more. Thanks Teresa!

    gwen(dot)gage(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. GWENDOLYN you are very welcome!! I hope you get to read this soon!! :-)

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  50. I am a big fan of Christian historical fiction and I would love to read The Wood's Edge. It sounds like a very inspirational read. God Bless :)
    princessoftheocean(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. CHRISTIAN would love for you to be able to read TWE, maybe you will be one of our winners this week Thanks for coming by OWG! :-)

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  51. A great review, now I want to know how it ends. Thanks for the chance!!
    lientjiehuman@yahoo.com.au

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    1. ANONYMOUS I hope you get to find out how it ends!! I know you will love the exciting ending!! :-)

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  52. Sounds like such a good book! I definitely want to read it.

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    1. BJM thanks for coming by OWG! This is definitely going to be on my favorite's list for 2015. :-)

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  53. Thanks so much for your review, Teresa. I love books that bring a person to tears and it is about a historical period that I would like to read more of.Thanks for this contest and hoping to win.
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. This book sounds so wonderful. I cannot wait to read it. Thanks for the great review and the great giveaway.

    Jennybug52 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  55. I love enthralling books that can't be put down. I only wish there were more hours in the day and nothing else to do. But I would truly love winning this book. It looks so good!!! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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