Under a Blackberry Moon, by Serena B. Miller, continued the story of Moon Song who was originally introduced in the book The Measure of Katie Calloway. Moon Song had given birth to a young child when alone in the woods, and she stumbled into a lumber camp where Katie Calloway was the cook. Soon, she finds herself on her way back to her home with the Chippewas with Skypilot, a man she helped nurse back to health after an accident at the lumber camp. They face many different obstacles as they are traveling, and it was great to see their interaction with each other and their faith grow throughout the book.
I really enjoyed this book, and I was happy to read more about Skypilot since I really enjoyed his part in The Measure of Katie Calloway. The book was an easy read, and can be read as a stand-alone book, but I would recommend reading the first book in the series so you can understand the history the main characters had with one another.
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I'm glad to have had the chance to get to know some of the characters from The Measure of Katie Calloway a little better. The members of the lumber camp are staying in Bay City until the next opening of the camp.
Bay City hasn't been all that good for Moon Song. It's been decided that Skypilot will accompany her and her baby back to her tribe to make sure she arrives safely.
It turns out that is wasn't as easy a trip as they thought it would be. It turns out that it was downright dangerous. Adding to the physical danger was the danger to their hearts.
As they continued to travel, they began falling in love. That's a major problem. She can't live in the white man's world, but can he live in her world? It appears that love will lose out, but can Skypilot really give her up?
I enjoyed this book, but one thing bothered me a bit. In 1898, Slovenia was actually part of Austria. So, even though Father Slovic was a Slav, he would have been born and raised in Austria.
***A special thank you to Lanette Haskins for providing a review copy.***
Under a Blackberry Moon is a work of historical fiction that will reach beyond the words and touch the heart of the reader. One aspect of historical fiction that makes the story rich is the research the author does to include facts uncovered while preparing to tell a tale. Sometimes in the reading for preparation of the novel change can occur in the characters, plot, and even changes in the direction of the story.
Serena B. Miller writes a novel placed in the 1700s-1800s about a particular Native American tribe, with the main character from that tribe being Moon Song. Moon Song is the daughter of an eastern magnate and her mother was a Chippewa Indian. During one harsh winter shortly after Moon Song gives birth, she walks into a lumber camp weak and malnourished with her baby boy. As time goes on, Moon Song develops friendships with white people from the camp who care for her, love her and help her return to her village very far away.
Skypilot was born with the name Isaac and used to live in the South prior to the Civil War. Isaac was a minister who was engaged, but life for him went to pieces when he took a stand against slavery. With his faith and life in shambles, he works at the lumber camp when Moon Song arrives. Now, the season for logging is on break for a few months, so he eagerly volunteers to make sure Moon Song gets back home safely. From here on out the story begins to take off and suspense fills the pages as the adventure to take her Moon Song home runs into unexpected obstacles. The adventure includes surviving a steam ship trip gone awry; a visit from a wolf pack and finding out just much one person can endure.
One of the themes in the novel is learning to love selflessly, which sounds easy, but is not. Will Moon Song ever understand or embrace the "white man's" religion when her past holds such brokenness? How is Isaac ever going to be an example of Christian love when he cannot know the life and ways of the Chippewa? There are many other colorful characters in the story that will enrich readers' minds and occasionally cause burst out loud laughing. I loved this book as it reminded me of what selfless love really is and how it can be lived out before others who are watching us even if we aren't aware.
I loved this story, and felt I was walking with them. The descriptions of the tundra was so wonderful, and breath taking.
After recovering her health Moon Song is now strong enough to begin her trip home to her people the Chippewas, and Skypilot has chosen to take her back safely. For Skypilot, his feelings for Moon Song become deeper as they travel.
This is one action packed story, it seems there is a disaster around each corner, and when things start to calm down, it is not to be. Loved how God has his hand placed on them. Also who couldn't love that baby...so good, never cries. There is also a lot of heartache and some unnecessary loss of life.
The luck of being stranded with a smart Indian woman, her survival skills amazed me. She sure had a lot of energy. This is a story not to be missed, we learn that some of the Indian beliefs are the same as Christian, but will Moon Song accept Jesus? Skypilot needs a wife, but cannot be unequally yoked.
Come along on this great adventure, you sure won't be disappointed!
I received this book through The Revell Blogger's Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Which wilderness is more treacherous--the one she must cross to find her home . . . or the one she must traverse to find love?
Just a few days after she gave birth alone in the north woods, a recently widowed young Chippewa woman stumbled into a nearby lumber camp in search of refuge from the winter snows. Come summer, it is clear that Moon Song cannot stay among the rough-and-tumble world of white lumbermen, and so the camp owner sends Skypilot, his most trusted friend, to accompany her on the long and treacherous journey back to her people.
But when tragedy strikes off the shore of Lake Superior, Moon Song and Skypilot must depend on each other for survival. With every step they take into the forbidding woods, they are drawn closer together, until it seems the unanswerable questions must be asked. Can she leave her culture to enter his? Can he leave his world to enter hers? Or will they simply walk away from a love that seems too complicated to last?
Get swept into a wild realm where beauty masks danger and only the truly courageous survive in a story that will grip your heart and your imagination.
UNDER A BLACKBERRY MOON is the sequel to The Measure of Katie Halloway, but it easily stands alone. I enjoyed getting reacquainted with Skypilot, the preacher-turned-logger, and Moon Song. At first, Moon Song is out of place in Bay City, Michigan, but when she and Skylark ended up stranded in the wilderness she was the strong one with the skills to survive.
I enjoyed seeing Moon Song find herself, and appreciated that Skypilot was able to remain strong and courageous while clearly out of his league. I wondered how these two would work everything out.
The storytelling is not as good in this book as it was in Ms. Miller's previous books set in Michigan. It is stiff, and doesn't allow us to get into Skypilot's head as much as I would've liked. Moon Song was very well developed. However, it is still a book I enjoyed, full of Michigan history, and vivid descriptions. Recommended. 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.