August 4, 2013

Burning Sky by Lori Benton

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Burning Sky
By; Lori Benton
ISBN: 9780307731470
Published: August 6, 2013
Type: Trade Paperback
5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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 Review:  Being a fan of historical fiction I was drawn to this book from the get go. I love books that are set in this time period and having the Native American aspects is a bonus for me. This is the first book I have read by this author and I am looking forward to future books by her. I think she did a great job on the development of the characters and in describing the scenes. I can't imagine the things that Willa had to go through. First she was abducted and raised by Indian, then she goes to her childhood home and now feels torn between two different worlds. How would you choose? Another thing I give the author credit for is not painting frontier live as overly glamourous, but rather like the harsh place that it truly was. I like the suspense with a little romance added in, the best of both worlds. A great book for me. 

For more information about this book check out Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Meet Lori: Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Burning Sky is her first novel. 

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