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?
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (August 6, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace.
Burning Sky by Lori Benton is a very interesting, historical book. I’ve read books before about Indians abducting children, but have never read about how it would be so very hard for the child once grown up to come back and live among the White people. How she could love the white and Indian people.
In Burning Sky Willa wants to just live her life without anyone else. She has lost both White and Indian family and can’t take the pain of having more family and losing them again. When she decides this children and men are thrown in her path and she has to take care of them, but is determined not to care or love again. At times it seems like the whole world is against her, but she has God and her White families home so she believes she can make it alone.
This was a very fascinating book and I enjoyed reading it. It is also a book that teaches us many lessons. I highly recommend it.
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Thanks to WaterBrookMultnomah for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255