Burning Sky by Lori Benton | Book Review

Published August 6, 2013
Paperback, 416 pages
Series - No

 Description From Goodreads:

“I remember the borders of our land, though I have been gone from them nearly half the moons of my life. But who there will remember me? What I have seen, what I have done, it has changed me.

I am the place where two rivers meet, silted with upheaval and loss.

Yet memory of our land is a clear stream. I shall know it as a mother knows the faces of her children. It may be I will find me there.“

Abducted by Mohawk Indians at fourteen and renamed Burning Sky, Willa Obenchain is driven to return to her family’s New York frontier homestead after many years building a life with the People. At the boundary of her father’s property, Willa discovers a wounded Scotsman lying in her path. Feeling obliged to nurse his injuries, the two quickly find much has changed during her twelve-year absence—her childhood home is in disrepair, her missing parents are rumored to be Tories, and the young Richard Waring she once admired is now grown into a man twisted by the horrors of war and claiming ownership of the Obenchain land.
When her Mohawk brother arrives and questions her place in the white world, the cultural divide blurs Willa’s vision. Can she follow Tames-His-Horse back to the People now that she is no longer Burning Sky? And what about Neil MacGregor, the kind and loyal botanist who does not fit into in her plan for a solitary life, yet is now helping her revive her farm? In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, strong feelings against “savages” abound in the nearby village of Shiloh, leaving Willa’s safety unsure.
Willa is a woman caught between two worlds. As tensions rise, challenging her shielded heart, the woman called Burning Sky must find a new courage--the courage to again risk embracing the blessings the Almighty wants to bestow. Is she brave enough to love again?

My Thoughts:
This novel was a little long, but completely worth the time.  It is the story of Willa.  She was born into the white world and that is where she lived until she was 14.  At 14, she was kidnapped by Mohawk Indians and was given the name Burning Sky.  She became to care for the Mohawk during her stay.
The story begins with Willa returning to her white world and finding that it has changed so much since her last memory of being there.  She also meets Neil MacGregor on her way to the land that had belonged to her parents.  Her Mohawk brother comes to find her and she has some major decisions to make.
The book is very well written.  It is both romance and historical fiction.  And also a faith based book.  It is full of emotion and history.  The book shows both courage and hope in the story of a young woman trapped between two very different worlds and lives.
I would completely recommend!

It is important to note that I received this book from Waterbrook Press/Blogging For Books in return for a book review. That being said, the feelings expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by an outside source.

1 comment:

  1. I used to love reading books about girls captured by Indians when I was little. There's at least 3 or 4 different ones that I remember. But it's been a long time since I've read one, and your review makes me want to read one again!


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