Burning Sky   -     By: Lori Benton
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WaterBrook Press / 2013 / Paperback

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The 18th century New York frontier bred courage in those who survived its perils. Willa Obenchain has courage to spare. Returning to her white parents' abandoned homestead after twelve years of Indian captivity, Willa believes a solitary life is the only way she'll never lose again what's twice been lost: her family, and her heart. As she begins the backbreaking work of reviving her farm, Willa's determined isolation is threatened. First by injured botanist Neil MacGregor, found unconscious on her land, and also by her Mohawk clan brother Joseph Tames-His-Horse, a man who cannot give up the woman he calls Burning Sky. Willa is a woman caught between two worlds and the residents of the nearby frontier village, still reeling from a bloody revolutionary war, are reluctant to welcome her home. As tensions rise, challenging her shielded heart, Willa must find a new courage--the courage to again risk embracing the blessings the Almighty wants to bestow, and answer the question, "am I brave enough to love again?"

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 0307731472
ISBN-13: 9780307731470
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"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?

Author Bio

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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  1. SeasonsofGrace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story
    May 8, 2014
    SeasonsofGrace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a captivating tale of courage. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Willa returns to her childhood home, only to discover things are no longer the same. She struggles with her life between two worlds, and in some ways I was able to relate to that; as I myself have lived in two different cultures. Which world was she really from? Would she ever fit in? What to do about Neil the Scotsman and Joseph Tames-His-Horse, her Mohawk brother who not only came to find her but loves her. There is also, Richard Warring to deal with. In her past as a teen, he was a close friend, maybe more, but now he has turned into a hard man. One determined to have her land, which is up for auction due to her family's supposed loyalties. So many twists and turns to the story, you will keep reading! Although, Willa has lived among the Mohawks for years her faith is in God, and Joseph also is a Christian.

    I was hooked from the start. A tale of history, romance, and strength woven through the characters. A tale that depicts the happenings of the era and what those in our country suffered and endured to make our nation what it is today. Definitely recommended!

    I received this book from Waterbrook in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    burning sky review
    January 3, 2014
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    "Burning Sky" by Lori Benton is not the Christian historical novel that you expect. Willa "Burning Sky" was kidnapped by Mohawk Indians when she was 14 shortly before the Revolutionary War. She was hidden and kept for 12 years. She had married a Mohawk and had children before she went back to her childhood home near Shiloh. When she arrives she takes in a wounded man and they live in her parents abandoned home. She comes back in contact with her childhood friends and neighbors only to discover that she is not entirely welcome and her parents are believed to be Tories.

    In this novel, Willa is not your typical damsel in distress. She is a tough, independent woman who has blended both worlds into one being. She cares little for reputation or propriety. She wants what she in entitled to and is willing to fight for it. The reader will come to love Willa quickly. This novel also covers the centuries old ordeal of post traumatic stress disorder or whatever it is called during whatever war is happening at the time. This is a good novel and I give it a A-. I received this book for free from blogging for books at Multnomah publishing.
  3. Danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing debut novel
    December 30, 2013
    Danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow, such an amazing debut novel from Lori Benton. There was so much that I loved about this novel. There was a rich story, real problems and solutions, and wonderful character development.

    Willa was a strong yet fragile main character. Her honest reactions to the loss not once but twice of her family was raw and real. Neil's strong faith, as well as Joesph's, was awesome. Even through all the adversity that they faced, they still somehow had joy. There were such strong supporting characters as well which just added to the richness of the novel.

    This was not a sugar coated read. Benton did an amazing job writing this multilevel story. If this is a debut novel I can't wait to read what she writes next.

    I received this book from WaterBrook Press in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Page turner!
    December 29, 2013
    Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Willa Obenchain is one frustrating, beautiful, fearful, courageous woman. I found myself a lot in her as I read Burning Sky.

    Willa is caught up in two worlds. One she is running from, the other she is running towards. Both collide and drama ensues.

    After discovering her parents home, she clearly figures out that they aren't there and begins a journey that ends with so much more than just finding the destination of her parents.

    I had a hard time putting this book down. It's definitely a page turner. I think women will particularly like this book because Willa is a woman we can all identify with. She's afraid to love, yet she longs to be loved so much. She's courageous and willing to sacrifice her comforts for those she loves (though it takes her a while to get around to understanding the love part... but you'll have to read the book to figure that out. ;) ).

    Pick up a copy and get to reading. Cheers!

    *Note: I received a free copy of this book for the exchange of a review. All views expressed are mine.
  5. TanyaK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    FANTASTIC DEBUT NOVEL!!!
    December 9, 2013
    TanyaK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Burning Sky is a novel about a woman who was kidnapped at the age 14 by Indians. Set in the late 18th century in the frontiers of New York, Willa Obenchain returns to her family's homestead after having lived among the Mohawk Indians for 12 years. She had been kidnapped when she was 14 years old and was raised as one of them and became an accepted part of their community, and eventually entered into an arranged marriage with an Indian man and had two daughters. After losing her husband in a battle and her daughters to an epidemic, Willa decides from now on she would live alone and care for herself.

    On her way back to her childhood home, she comes across an injured stranger on the border of her family's land. When he wakes up in Willa's cabin, he is forced to stay until his broken arm heals. She soon discovers that this man, this Neil MacGregor, is a doctor and a botanist, researching and cataloging the plant life in the Americas. Neil realizes that with each passing day he comes to admire and love her more and more. Neil unleashes feelings in her that she is not ready to face.

    I really can't recommend this book enough.This is a fantastic debut novel!

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