Burning Sky   -     By: Lori Benton
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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 was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

Editorial Reviews

"Lori Benton gives us seasons in her debut novel Burning Sky. Seasons of planting corn, beans, and pumpkins as backdrops to the ripening and challenges of lives working through chaos after a war and a terrible personal tragedy. The author gives us seasons of the journey through loss, risk, family, and love. The author’s voice is mesmerizing with evocative phrases like ’The air inside the cabin swirled with stale memories, echoes of once-familiar voices trapped within, awaiting her coming to free them.’ Set on a frontier homestead in New York in 1784, we meet distinctive characters I came quickly to care about. And the promises of the opening poetic question of Burning Sky / Willa, ’Will the land remember?’ is answered with passion and grace and the satisfaction of a good harvest. Enjoy this wonderful novel."
—Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of One Glorious Ambition

"In Burning Sky, Lori Benton brings to turbulent life the bitter aftermath of the Revolution, when those who fought on opposing sides returned to ravaged homes, soul scarred by horrifying acts they both suffered and committed. With lyrical imagery and finely drawn characters who rise from the page, Burning Sky vividly portrays how God restores the bruised reed and the dimly burning wick and brings new life from the ashes of the past."
—J. M. Hochstetler, author of the American Patriot series

"Burning Sky is a beautifully written story of courage, love, and new beginnings. Author Lori Benton introduces us to a great cast of characters while keeping the action strong in every vividly drawn scene. Burning Sky had me reading deep into the night to see if Willa would find a way to leave her unhappy past behind and open her heart to love again. Highly recommended to fiction lovers everywhere."
—Ann H. Gabhart, author of Angel Sister, The Outsider, and other stories

"An authentic rendering of frontier life, full of heart and hope. Burning Sky takes the reader on a vivid journey into New York’s wilderness at a time when cultures collided and lives were forever changed. A memorable debut!"
—Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel’s Lady and Love’s Reckoning

"Easily the best debut novel I’ve ever read. Burning Sky is a powerful account of a white woman born Wilhelmina Obenchain who lived as Burning Sky, a daughter of a Mohawk clan. Lori Benton writes with a colorful, spirited pen. Her distinct and compelling voice seizes the reader and holds them captive until the last line of this remarkable book."
—Bonnie Leon, author of the Sydney Cove series and Alaskan Skies series

"By turns exciting and heart-wrenching, Burning Sky is a deeply engaging story with a tender, thoughtful heart."
—Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series

"In this classical frontier adventure, Lori Benton brings to readers a journey of the heart. Burning Sky is a vivid portrait of life in post-Revolutionary War New York. Ms. Benton’s prose is beautifully written, with a romantic edge reminiscent of The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer, but with a bold heroine whose struggles through the harsh realities of life in the wilderness bring her to the realization there is something greater than herself."
—Rita Gerlach, author of the Daughters of the Potomac series and other inspirational fiction

"There are any number of novelists who can make history come to life, but Lori Benton does so with writing so beautiful that you wish the story would never end. From the first line to the last, her characters and story transported me. Take notice, friends; Lori isn’t just a novelist. She’s an artist. I can’t wait for her next book."
—Karen Ball, award-winning editor and best-selling author of Shattered Justice

"Lori does an incredible job of using the characters, the setting, and the scene to wash the reader into the story’s flow. Burning Sky is captivating from its very first phrase; I sighed and wept with her characters. I yearned for their well-being—and missed them like old friends when I turned the last page. Lori Benton’s debut novel is one I’ll keep on my shelf to read again. It’s that good."
—Mesu Andrews, author of Love Amid the Ashes, 2012 ECPA Book of the Year—New Author

"Lori Benton expertly and vividly captures the challenges of life on the American frontier in this remarkable debut novel. An unforgettable story of a young woman’s brave journey to discover not only herself but the God who loves her."
—Susan Meissner, author of The Girl in the Glass

"Lori Benton’s writing is magnetic, drawing you deeper and deeper into her debut novel Burning Sky. The woman who had been Burning Sky has loved two families and lived two lives, and hasn’t the strength to care anymore. But when she is needed, her heart is stirred and again threatened by loss. Lori Benton is a word-artist, crafting every captivating line to keep you turning the pages of Burning Sky."
—Mona Hodgson, author of the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series, the Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Very Lovely Novel
    August 7, 2014
    Schicksal
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, Burning Sky truly is a beautiful novel. After being kidnapped by Mohawk Indians and living with them for nearly half her life, Willa has suffered much loss and decides to return to her parent's homestead. But instead of finding welcoming arms and love, she discovers that her beloved homestead is abandoned and some of the locals seem to prefer it that way. Willa is a woman who's sure she desires a solitary life, but she finds herself caring for a very charming Scotsman. And when her Mohawk brother arrives and begs her to return to their people, will Willa choose to take the Mohawk trail with her loyal brother or will she stay with a kind Scotsman and the people she was born to? The white world and the Mohawk world are both hers - they are both part of her soul. And when several unwelcoming locals go beyond pestering, will she succumb to their pressures or will she find the courage to follow God's plan for her life? Burning Sky is a wonderful, fascinating novel that will pull at your heartstrings.
  2. Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Literary Candy
    August 4, 2014
    The Quiet Eccentric
    Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow. It's not everyday you find a historical novel like this. Powerful and beautiful, it's a book I'm proud to have on my shelf. Not only were the characters flawlessly portrayed, but I literally had to stop and reread some paragraphs, just to savor the way she knit her words together. It's like I was there; living in the settlement, struggling with the aftermath of war, caught up in the tensions between the natives and the settlers, toiling in the corn fields, watching two people fall in love...

    If you're a lover of historical fiction, then do not miss this book. Lori Benton has a new fan and I know for a fact that I'm not the only one. If you're feeling like you need a few days to travel back in time, hop on board. There's no better way to do that then through the pages of this book.

  3. Age: 35-44
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story
    May 8, 2014
    Seasons of Grace
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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