Like for the two other books by Lori Benton that I've read, I struggle to find words to express my thoughts. There is such beauty, but such anguish and hardship in these pages. The characters are so expertly written they seem real. Willa Obenchain was abducted twelve years earlier, at the age of fourteen, by Mohawks, adopted into the Wolf Clan, and given the name Burning Sky. Joseph Tames-His-Horse is also of the Wolf Clan and therefore, her brother, though his love for her is as more than a brother. After the deaths of her Mohawk family, Willa makes the journey back to her homeland, seeking her father and mother. Almost there, she finds Neil MacGregor, who has taken a tumble from his horse and lies injured. Ever resourceful, Willa builds a travois to drag him the rest of the way to the cabin. Neil is a botanist and artist, working on a field guide of plants. Willa finds her family's cabin, but no one knows the whereabouts of her parents. Though good friends from her childhood are glad to see her, many treat her badly and she faces opposition from one in particular who wants her land. Willa is a very complex character who has faced much tragedy and has built thick walls around her heart, insulating herself from loving or being loved so as not to be so hurt again. There is so much that goes on in this book, set in New York in 1784, but through it all runs a ribbon of hope. This is an excellent historical novel that I recommend highly.
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.
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.
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.
"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.