I have a book to share with you today called Burning Sky written by Lori Benton.
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.It has been a long time since I read a book about the West and the Indians, especially where white people were taken as hostages and raised as Indians. This brought back a lot of memories when I was younger and this used to be my favorite type of book.
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?
This is a good book that has a great story and meaning if you are willing to listen to what it is really trying to tell you about the differences between people and what can happen in times of war. The best of people can sometimes become so bitter that they lose their way and do unspeakable things. What Willa uncovers as the story unfolds will break your heart but it also brings great joy in the end. It will be from unexpected places and people that will give you hope that maybe all is not lost.
Willa or Burning Sky as the Indians called her leaves the Indians when her husband, Kingfisher and 2 children die of smallpox. That is when she decides she wants to go back home and see her parents and her old home. But when she gets there, it is empty and the land is in bad shape. The Scotsman decides to stay around and help her get the place back in shape.
But, they meet a lot of obstacles and one must wonder if it is worth it to reclaim something that had been lost for that length of time. What happened to her parents? Was it true what they are saying about them?
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review." All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.