Monday, December 23, 2013

Review: Burning Sky by:Lori Benton

Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier
About the Book:
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?

 About the Author:
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace. 

My Review:
The woman who once was Burning Sky, walked slowly along the side of the rode. She quietly walks alone with only her dog in company, she suddenly finds a man laying on the rode. She runs over to him and tries to figure out whats wrong with him, she looks though his  many things. Finding only few things and still not sure what caused him to be unconscious, she brings him to her cabin to take care of him. When he finally wakes up, he doesn't even know how he came to be hurt.

Neil MacGregor finds Willa, a.k.a. Burning Sky, kind and intriguing. He feels he needs to help her in anyway possible, even if that means getting punched in the gut by her ex fiance. But he soon learns more of what happened to Willa years prier. Will he be able to help her love again?

 The author managed to bring Burning Sky to life in the pages contained therein so much so it was sad to finish the book. The author is very talented and I will be looking for her books as I am eager to read them.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for Books.