Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son...especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?
Benton (Pathfinders series) sweeps the reader into the frontier of 1774 with gorgeous descriptions of landscapes in this tale of the wrenching power of a mother's love. Heading west into the Ohio-Kentucky frontier, Clare Inglesby encounters Shawnee warriors who kill her husband and take her young son, Jacob, captive. Jeremiah Ring, a white frontiersman with strong Indian ties, leads the determined mother to the Shawnee village where they discover Jacob has been given to Jeremiah's Shawnee adoptive sister, who renamed the boy Many Sparrows. With no clear way of taking back her son, strong-willed Clare must wrestle with her faith in an Almighty who has forced her to wait upon his larger plan. As she and Jeremiah settle into Shawnee life, their attempts to understand, befriend, and forgive those who took Jacob are threatened by the increasing violence between local tribes and the encroaching colonial army. Couched in vivid depictions of American frontier life, Clare and Jeremiah's story is an exploration of the timeless biblical themes of faith, hope, and love. This is an excellent addition to the author's inspirational frontier histories.