Many Sparrows

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Benton, Lori. Many Sparrows. USA: Waterbrook Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
With a newborn ready to be born any day, Clare Inglesby feels so alone in the western mountain area, in Native American territory. Traveling across country, Clare’s husband, Phillip, must return home leaving Clare alone with their four-year-old son. Discovering Jacob missing, Clare has no other choice than to trust frontiersman, Jeremiah, for help. Through fright, heartbreak, uncertainty, trust and faith, Clare must make choices which may affect her life as well as those of her children. Adventurous, gripping, and heart-stirring, Many Sparrows shares the tumultuous journey of people, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Literally waiting weeks for this book to become available, I have read every one of author Lori Benton’s books and have yet to be disappointed. Drawn into the novel as if I was truly there, I felt every emotion and experience encountered by the characters. Well-written with an embracing storyline, the messages, lessons and faith within lend to the depth. Definitely a book I would recommend and probably re-read (very rare for me), Many Sparrows was worth the wait. I look forward to, as well as anticipate, many more novels from this author.

RATING:
5+ (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Many Sparrows from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

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Bandelier National Monument

Secord, Paul R. Bandelier National Monument: Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Through many black and white images, photographs and sketches, author Paul Secord presents the history, archeology and anthropology of Bandelier National Monument.  Found just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, the history of the area and people are explained and linked to the present day ruins. With precious ancestral preservation, named for anthropologist Adolph Bandelier, Bandelier National Monument received national recognition in 1916. Depicting the social environments of Native Americans, the book also shares pictures of the cave dwellings, area topography, tourist experiences and visitors. Part of the Images of America series which celebrates history across the country, this latest addition truly educates and inspires…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having visited, experienced and researched Bandelier National Monument, I was thrilled to see this newest book in the series. Loaded with interesting, relevant and unique history, tidbits, pictures and people, I devoured this book cover to cover. Perfect for anyone visiting the area, a school library or a history buff, Bandelier National Monument was outstanding. Planning on keeping this book for my own collection yet also sharing with family, I also hope to discover other books by this author.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Bandelier National Monument from The History Press for my honest review*

Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York

Czarnota, Lorna MacDonald. Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York: Westwards Trails From Albany To Buffalo. Charleston, SC: The History Press. 2014.

SUMMARY:
NA&PioneerAn award-winning storyteller, Lorna MacDonald Czarnota spreads her history knowledge of the expansion from New York to Buffalo. Once open frontier and wilderness, European settlers and Native Americans altered the routes with their cultures, inventions, ideas, and experiences along the way. Filled with interesting facts, relevant black-and-white pictures, and intriguing information, Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York is a history lesson in a compelling package.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
So very interesting! Not only the tidbits, facts and information, but the pictures are so well placed and incorporated that the entire book just flows effortlessly. Either read straight through, in sections or even brief passages, this book held my attention. From Harriet Tubman to the Oneida Community to the Chery Valley Massacre, many people, legends and events are included. Definitely worth the read, the history lessons learned and revisited are priceless.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Native American & Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York from The History Press for my honest review*