19 April 2016

Diana's Review Of 'A Flight Of Arrows' By Lori Benton


Waterbrook Press, April 2016

Reviewed By Diana Flowers
~5 stars~
(No spoilers!)
A Stunning Read!

In A Flight of Arrows, author Lori Benton has written a hauntingly beautiful novel of betrayal, loss, and forbidden love, set amongst the backdrop of the Revolutionary War.

Twenty years have passed since a grief-stricken Major Reginald Aubrey took it upon himself to switch his dead baby for one of an Oneida woman's newborn twins (one born white and the other brown) and raised him as his own. The effects of this horrific act are as far reaching as the ripples in a stream, involving each member of these two diverse families. Two Hawks was born to a white Oneida mother and a full-blooded Native American father—alongside of William Audrey, the twin brother he has been separated from since birth. The handsome and honorable Two Hawks, longs to build a life with Reginald's beautiful adopted white daughter, Anna, but meets with seemingly insurmountable obstacles as he is the dark-skinned sibling who was raised with the Oneidas.

Stone Thrower is determined to get his kidnapped son back, but after learning the circumstances surrounding his true identity, the shattered William joins ranks with the aggressive Redcoats who are preparing to attack the colonials. Will these two families separated by culture and an unspeakable act, discover a way to reclaim the son/brother marching toward them in the ranks of their British enemies—and find reconciliation as well? In a new world rife with prejudice, ignorance, and hatred...is there any hope for Anna to build a future with her beloved Two Hawks?

There are just not enough adjectives to describe this mesmerizing masterpiece of a novel. Replete with raw, vivid historical details, this story is sure to leave an indelible impression on every reader who loses themselves within its captivating pages. I was never aware that the Oneidas teamed up with the colonials against the British to help preserve this great land which belonged to both of them; always thinking that it was the Indians against the white man and vice versa. Although the romance is intense and poignant (not sexually explicit, however), men will love this book as much as women—with plenty of engrossing, realistic battles and male viewpoints—especially those of the brave, but humanly vulnerable Oneida warriors. A powerful, soul-stirring, unforgettable novel of faith, forgiveness, and breathtaking romance, I predict A Flight of Arrows is sure to win many an award for excellency in Christian literature!

Anna's Beloved Two Hawks Perhaps? ;)

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Thanks to Waterbrook Press for providing me with a review copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

This novel may be purchased through Amazon, CBD, BAM, and your local bookstore.

GIVEAWAY: Lori Benton has generously offered to give away a paperback copy of A Flight of Arrows to one blessed commenter! (US entrants only!) To be eligible please be sure to leave your email address written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself from spammers.

82 comments:

  1. I am still listening to the previous book, Diana! Great review! I read that the last one was a cliff hanging so I didn't start listening to it until the new one was about to release. Thanks!

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    1. I'm glad you are reading the first book, CARRIE! Lori does a great job of recapping in this one so it isn't necessary, but The Wood's Edge is just too good to miss!

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  2. Hi Diana! I'm so excited for readers to finally read the rest of the story begun in The Wood's Edge, with A Flight of Arrows release today. Can't wait to see who I'm sending a copy to. :) Thank you Diana for a wonderful review!

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    1. You're welcome, LORI! What a fabulous book that no review can really do justice to!

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  3. Sounds really good! (You don't need to enter me in the drawing as I can't seem to read paperbacks anymore.) I remember seeing The Woods Edge and thinking it sounded wonderful. Will there be more in the series, Lori? And congrats on a new book!

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    1. If you get the chance, LYNNETTE, please do read The Wood's Edge. It's where it all started and the romance is so breathtaking...in both books. Thanks so much for coming by!!

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    2. Hi Lynnette. A Flight of Arrows completes the story of these two families, although I could have gone on writing about them. I will miss them, but I'm on to another book now, set in another place, same(ish) time. Ohio River country, 1774.

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  4. Hi, Lori - Just discovering you. Your book sounds wonderful - congratulations.

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    1. It is fabulous, Gail! She is one great author to discover!

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  5. Cannot wait to read this one! I loved The Wood's Edge.

    christydister(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Me too, CHRISTY, and this is the fabulous conclusion!

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  6. Wow! This sounds amazing! Like you said, powerful indeed. This one MUST go on my TBR list and the first one, The Wood's Edge! So count me in for the giveaway! Thanks Diana!

    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Oh, yes, ANNIE. Do try to read The Wood's Edge first to see where it all began, but the author recaps in this one in case you don't get the chance. Thanks you and good luck! :)

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  7. What a stellar review, Diana. I knew I waned to read Lori's new novel, but now I must!!

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  8. This sounds amazing! Thank you, Diana, for this great review of A Flight of Arrows. Now it's on my TBR list.

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    1. Thank YOU, KATHLEEN! It's an awesome read! Can you come back and leave an email addy for contact purposes in case your name is drawn? Thanks! :)

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  9. When an author's book is called stunning and stellar, that is a great recommendation to read that book!
    Janice
    pjrcmoore(AT)windstream(DOT)net

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    1. There really are no words, JANICE. I just did the best I could. I hope you get a chance to read it ASAP!

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  10. Congratulations on your release Lori Benton!

    Great review Diana! Wow, this book sounds like a gripping story--my favorite kind of book....I will add to my every growing to-be-read list. I have not read the first book yet, hope to soon.

    blessings,Tina

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    1. Thank you, TINA! I hope you get the chance to read them both! If you like "gripping" you'll love this series!

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  11. Wow! This sounds like a very intense book that both my husband and I will enjoy!

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    1. Extremely intense and unpredictable, KAYE! Yes, it's written in such a way that men too will enjoy it immensely.

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  12. DIANA, I loved your incredible review! Thanks for including the "photo" of Two Hawks. Lori has created an exquisite masterpiece.

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    1. Thank you, CARYL! Indeed she has! Two Hawks is quite handsome, is he not? ;)

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  13. Excellent review Diana! This sounds like such a wonderful book!

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    1. Thank you, CHERYL! Wonderfully fascinating! Good luck in the drawing!

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  14. Thank you for your wonderful review, Diana! This book sounds like a winner to me!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, MELANIE! I know you'll enjoy it!

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    2. Oh, btw, MELANIE, can you please leave an email addy for contact purposes should your name be drawn? Thanks, dear friend!

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  15. I can't wait to read this book, Lori is a great writer!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. She certainly is, PATTY! I can't imagine writing a book like this. Just incredible!

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  16. Thanks for the exciting review of what looks to be a great book. I look forward to reading it after I read The Wood's Edge.
    reneerachoyolsenATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I absolutely loved The Wood's Edge, HEATHER, and A Flight of Arrows is a wonderfully satisfying conclusion!

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  17. The Wood's Edge was one of the best books I read last year (and I read a lot of books) so I've been eagerly awaiting A Flight of Arrows so I could finish the story. Judging by your review, I won't be disappointed. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. No, you won't be disappointed, PAM. But your emotions will be in a dither. Lol

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  18. Wonderful review, Diana! I would love to read this book. I have not read the first one, and I look forward to reading both. Thanks for the giveaway. bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi, BETTI! I so hope you get a chance to read them both. Lori is a magnificent author!

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  19. jenniferhess75atyahoodotcom Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Hi, JENNIFER! You weren't about to forget that email this time! Too cute...and you're welcome!

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  20. Great review. The book sounds like a wonderful exciting page turner. I look forward to reading it. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. Indeed it is, PAM! It's one of those I'm only reading one more chapter, just one more chapter... LOL!

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  21. Thanks for commenting everyone, and for your interest in my books. This has been a great release day. Thanks for helping make it blessed. Happy reading!

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    1. Glad you have had a great release day, LORI! We'll keep celebrating here thru til tomorrow eve, so commenters--keep on coming!

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  22. What a thoughtful review! This is the next historical series I'm going to be reading and I'm so excited! I have The Wood's Edge but I'd love to win a copy of A Flight of Arrows. Thank you!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, HEIDI! It would be wonderful if you won the second one here. You'll love reading these two books back to back!

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  23. Hello to my OWG girls. And thank you so much for the give-away of Lori
    s book. She really writes my kind of stories. I think you should still give us another book about this story. I would love to win it. Love all of you. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. MAXIE, it's so good to see you! It's been awhile, dear friend. I hope you are doing well! I thought another book about William would be next, but Lori concluded the series nicely and is now working on another book. Which I'm sure will be equally awesome. Love you, too, MAXIE!

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  24. Another beautifully written, enticing review, DIANA, thanks! Can you believe I still haven't read The Wood's Edge?? BUT I do have it sitting on my bookshelves! I think I've been waiting for that elusive holiday or time off to read it, lol. Still, it's good to know there is an equally great sequel to follow on from it now. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, NOELA! Such kind words! I hope you get the chance to read The Wood's Edge soon b/c then you'll HAVE to read this one right after. Best make that elusive holiday a reality! lol

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  25. I have been waiting for this book! Lori is such a great author. Thanks for the giveaway.
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I so agree with you, KATE! Wow! Both of the books in this series are just too fabulous for words...but I tried! :)

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  26. How exciting! I would love to win. I read the first book she wrote, but not any since. None in this series. Thanks for sharing
    amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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    1. It isn't necessary to read The Wood's Edge b/c Lori recaps nicely, but ooh, you'll want to AIMEE! Two Hawk's and Anna's story and how they meet and fall in love. Such an exciting book and A Flight of Arrows is the icing on the cake! lol

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  27. I've been waiting for this one! Thanks for the review, I'll be reading this one soon!
    dkstevensne AToutlookD OTcoM

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    1. I was thrilled when it finally came out, DEANNA! Lotsa luck in the drawing!

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  28. I just got my copy of the first one a few days ago, but now I am glaf it took that long if itnwas a cliff hanger! Thanks for recommending this one, and for the giveaway! Danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.

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    1. Awesome, LYNDA! Yes, A Flight of Arrows is the continuing sequel, and you'll be able to read them back to back if you win here! Good luck!

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  29. Nice review and cool cover. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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    1. Thanks, KIM! Yes, the cover is perfect!

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  30. Oh what fun!!! I love book 1 in this series and cannot wait to read book 2. Thanks for sharing your review and for the giveaway!!

    sydneyjames68 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. You're welcome, SYDNEY! LORI has written a wonderful sequel to the first one and I hope you get to read it ASAP!

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  31. I have always been partial to stories about the Native Americans. This one sounds great. Thank you, Diana, for your lovely review.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I have as well, KAY. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you will get a chance to read it soon.

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  32. I went to the library today, and I looked for Lori Benton's books. NOTHING listed in computer listing for her! I was so disappointEd, and I will begin to request that they offer her books.

    Gpk1946 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm so sorry, PHYLLIS. That would be wonderful if you would do that! Most libraries will comply with requests. Wishing you the best of luck in the drawing.

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  33. What a beautiful review Diana! I love this era, and love a good storyline containing Indian's! Sounds super exciting! Somehow I've not read Lori's books along my way so I'm definitely going to put her on my TBR list! Thanks for the great review!!
    bhriv3116atgmaildotcom

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    1. Thank you, B HRIV! I have read every one of Lori Benton's books, and I've never yet been disappointed by any of them. I hope you will read one soon and thanks for sharing!

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  34. You are a new to me author. The book sounds amazing. Looking forward to reading.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That's one of the reason I love doing reviews, DIANNE. To acquaint readers with fabulous authors and clean, but yet exciting books. Thanks so much for coming by!

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  35. Sounds like a great read! Thank you for the review. Here's hoping...
    anne (at) rightler (dot) com

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    1. Keep those fingers crossed, ANNE! lol Here's hoping with you...

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  36. I've heard so many great reviews for this book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Diana and thank you for the giveaway!
    betherin02 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. You're so welcome, BETH! And you heard right! It's an amazing read...all of Lori's books are!

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  37. I am so excited for Lori's book to be here. When I read The Wood's Edge I couldn't stop reading. I read were you were responding to Carrie's statement ( the first one to respond to you) you told her Lori was really great at recapping what happened in The Wood's Edge. That is wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

    pam1lunsford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, PAM! Yes, it has been a while, hasn't it? LOL In case there is anything that you may have forgotten that took place in The Woods Edge, Lori repeats it several times to help refresh your memory. Thanks, Pam!

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  38. Diane I love when you wax poetic & I think I've told you that before! Your reviews are always refreshing & exquisite! I never got the chance to read "The Woods Edge" but if I won this, I'd definitely add it to my collection!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Did I wax poetic, TRIXI? So sweet of you to say so, but I'm looking and I don't see it. hmmm... lol You're just too kind and such an encouragement to this lady tonight! Bless you. Talking about exquisite, Trixi, this two book series definitely falls under that category. I so hope you get a chance to read it soon! <3

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  39. I cannot wait to read the rest of the story! I loved the first book and know the conclusion will be just as amazing! Thank you for such a great giveaway!

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    1. Oops- forgot my email address. It's jennybug52 at hotmail dot com.

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    2. It certainly is a page-turner, JENNIFER! Hoping you'll WIN the rest of the story! :)

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  40. Congrats to Alexa Verde who won a paperback copy of A Flight of Arrows via random number.org! Alexa, please check your email. :)

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