It’s a blessing and boon when fellow authors lend their gracious words of endorsement to a writer’s creative work. I’m honored and thankful for these endorsements for my upcoming release, Shiloh, sequel to Mountain Laurel, from historical fiction writers whose characters I’ve spent hours with and whose writing I admire. Shiloh releases from Tyndale Publishers October 5th. Shiloh will be in readers’ hands in just a little over a month! For many upcoming chances to win a signed copy, be sure to connect with me on my Facebook Author Page, so you won’t miss those announcements.
If you’ve yet to read Mountain Laurel, there’s still two months to do so before its sequel releases. And since this is also a sequel to Burning Sky, my debut novel from WAY back in 2013 (like, another lifetime ago, that feels now), well… a month and change is still time to get ‘er read!
From Tamera Alexander, USAToday bestselling author of Colors of Truth, a Carnton novel:
“Lori Benton’s latest is a rich tapestry of lost love and betrayal, of heartache and compassion–and ultimately, of redemption and restoration. The courage and resilience of the human spirit is woven through every page of this highly enjoyable novel.”
From Amanda Dykes, Author of Yours is the Night, Set the Stars Alight, and the 2020 Christy Award Book of the Year, Whose Waves These Are:
“In a sweeping saga swelling with soul, Shiloh carries the beloved characters of Mountain Laurel and Burning Sky into a stirring and masterfully woven conclusion with a theme that resounds through the ages: restoration. Lori Benton dares to write characters whose lives are nuanced, complex, even cracked in tender wounds… and through those cracks, within the pages of Shiloh, something beautiful shines: the light of hope. Healing. And the binding of lives in friendship, love, and family. The depth of research and deftly developed characters and voicing are paralleled only by the depth of heart in this transporting tale… a tale not to be missed!”
From Laura Frantz, Christy Award-winning author of A Heart Adrift:
“A sumptuous tale, so true to life you will hope and yearn and dare to dream along with Ian and Seona as they wrestle with what reconciliation and second chances really mean. Lori Benton delivers another impeccably-researched historical that kept me up late turning pages and haunted my thoughts when I reached the end.”
From Jocelyn Green, Christy Aware-winning author of Between Two Shores and Shadows of the White City:
“An absolute triumph! With nuance and sensitivity, this tale explores the complexities of life after freedom from bondage. It’s a landscape of hope, fear, choices, love, surrender, and ultimately, victory over that which ensnares. The writing is as lush as the frontier world it portrays. Shiloh is so powerful, and the characters so richly drawn, it could only have come from master storyteller Lori Benton’s pen.”
From Melissa Tagg, Christy Award-winning author of Now and Then and Always:
“With every book Lori Benton writes, I’m reminded again of why she’s one of my very favorite authors. Her characters are refreshingly layered and wonderfully complex—to the point that I find myself thinking about them long after The End. Through a rich tapestry of detailed history, she weaves a story that’s as thought-provoking as it is emotional and romantic. With vivid writing and an intriguing plot, this story of redemption and second chances will stay with me for a long time.”
From J. M. Hochstetler, author of the American Patriot series and coauthor of the Northkill Amish series:
“Lori Benton masterfully weaves fine strands from her haunting debut novel, Burning Sky, into Shiloh, the gripping conclusion of the Kindred duology that began with Mountain Laurel. The result is a powerful saga that reaches from the bitter aftermath of the American Revolution into the very beginnings of slavery’s agonizing unraveling.”
From Carrie Turansky, award-winning author of No Ocean Too Wide and No Journey Too far:
“Readers who enjoyed Lori Benton’s wonderful novel Mountain Laurel will be thrilled to read more about Seona and Ian’s frontier adventures and remarkable love story. Lori has a unique gift to bring a historical era and setting to life and then weave those story elements together in a way that captures your heart and soul. Overcoming past hurts and forging strong family ties are two important themes in this captivating story. Well-written and highly recommended!”
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