“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?
So in case you haven’t noticed I have been slightly obsessed with new authors. Not just ones that I haven’t read before but ones that are just publishing their first book. Sometimes it can seem as if the story new authors write is one that has been just waiting to be published. Well Lori Benton’s new book Burning Sky is without a doubt a story that needed to be told.
We dive right into Willa’s (or also known by her Mohawk name Burning Sky) story. She is going back to the home she knew before she was abducted. Willa has been gone for fourteen years and is not even sure if her parents are still at her childhood home. On her way she finds Neil injured and unable to care for himself. We see right there how good Willa’s heart is as she takes up this stranger and helps to fix his broken arm.
But going home has many complications. Willa’s story takes place in a time where tensions between Native Americans and everyone else is high. So in going home she is now looked at as being one of “them”. Her parents were accused of being Tories, her former love is still trying to buy her parents land since no has seen them in years, and she still has to take care of Neil MacGregor. Oh and just to add to her struggles, her Indian “brother” has followed her and has brought two children with him.
Let me just say how much I loved this story. It was authentic. There were struggles that could have really happened, feeling that no doubt occurred, and real reactions to them. I loved reading the character development. This story was rich with pain, courage, despair, hope, and love. It was never a sappy story. Even when Willa had to choose between the two men that she cared for the most. All the characters in the book helped give the story flavor and depth.
I was never bored reading this book, which is always a concern when you start a 400ish page book. This book is a must read. You can start it now by clicking here!! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. I am looking forward to reading more by Lori Benton… I hear her new book is due out in April!!!
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