This was one book I had a hard time putting down once I started reading. I loved the fact it included historical & cultural info that kept the focus from being about romance and placed it on relationships and survival. Definitely recommend this book to anyone who isn't into all the mushy stuff and enjoys a well plotted adventure.
The kind of read that makes your blood boil and your heart thrill. Miller does an exceptional job of delivering historical accuracy...and she doesn't pull any punches. The treatment of native people throughout history has been abysmal. It's a good thing I wasn't actually there because I would have done a few individuals bodily harm. How so-called Christians could treat an entire race with such callousness and cruelty...well it boggles the mind.
Skypilot (Isaac Ross) is larger than life -- the stuff tall tales are made of. A kind and decent man with his feet firmly planted in the white man's world. Moon Song is just as immersed in her Chippewa culture and yet an unlikely friendship has developed between the two. A friendship that deepens into something much more during their treacherous journey. Talk about an impossible romance!
Miller has drawn on historical figures to flesh out her fictional characters and their stories leave me in awe. The details are spectacular -- everything from the bawdy logging town to the plight of women in the mid 1800s. Lots for a reader to sink her teeth into. Like this:
"Ladies are supposed to strive to be competent, never excel." A secondary character, Isabella, makes this comment to Skypilot. Of course, she's speaking from a white woman's perspective so the contrast between Moon Song and her white counterparts is riveting -- both for the reader and Skypilot himself. Because Moon Song excels at a lot of things.
Complicated relationships, life and death struggles and always the thrill of the unexpected -- Under a Blackberry Moon is the kind of story that sweeps you away and holds you captive until the very last page.
Artfully written, gracefully presented and deservedly earning five stars! "Under a Blackberry Moon" is not only a wonderful story, but a stirring commentary on American history; in particular the manner in which our Native Americans were misunderstood, underestimated and poorly treated. Serena Miller skillfully deposits nuggets of truth into fiction while fashioning an exceptional book filled with courage, adventure, perseverance, and nonconventional romance; which by the way, is breathtaking.
Skypilot volunteers to accompany his young friend, Moon Song and her infant son back to her native tribe, when a steam ship disaster catapults them into the Michigan wilderness. Moon Song uses her incredible knowledge of the area and the woods in which they find themselves, to save their lives and that of an American woman who survived the incident. As they travel closer to their destination, the two find themselves in an impossible predicament when Skypilot prepares to release Moon Song into her future; without him. Can a white preacher turned lumberman turned teacher and a beautiful ,young, but emotionally wounded Indian woman, share true love? Will Moon Song's tragic past remain an insurmountable barrier? And will she ever be able to share the Savior that Skypilot holds so dear?
The story of Moon Song and Skypilot caught my interest from the beginning and maintained it until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed learning to know the characters, and I was very pleased that the author did not gloss over the difficulties that Moon Song and Skypilot faced in their relationship. This excellent tale of sacrificial love and devotion is poignant but not excessively mushy.
In Under A Blackberry Moon, Serena Miller has penned an intriguing, haunting tale of a beautiful Indian woman who embarks on a perilous journey in the harsh, unforgiving Michigan wilderness to search for her family---and finds herself unwilling caught up in a seemingly ill-fated romance with a white man.
Moon Song, a young widow with an 8 month-old child, has been working in a lumber camp as a cook, and although she is treated with love and respect she feels it is now time to find her Chippewa family. Isaac Ross, better known by his nickname, Skypilot, decides to accompany Moon Song on her treacherous journey back to her people. As tragedy and the harsh elements in the wilderness draw Moon Song and Skypilot together, she finds herself unwillingly falling for the big, stalwart preacher/lumberjack. It is a love that can never be, however, as Moon Song realizes that many white men eventually leave their Indian families and the horrendous weather conditions in upper Michigan. Can this man and woman from two diverse cultures and beliefs overcome their adversities, or must each go their own way?
This is a fabulous book destined to become another award winner for Serena Miller! Filled with excitement, courageous characters, and a strong plot, this book is a treasure trove of knowledge of the Chippewa nation---their customs, skills, and hardships they had to endure. I was so impressed by the author's research and descriptive imagery, her strong, yet vulnerable heroine and hero, and a surprising twist or two thrown in at the conclusion...making this one of my favorite books of 2013!