Book Review: Burning Sky

book by lori benton
Burning Sky
A Novel of the American Frontier
By Lori Benton

I remember the borders o our land. Though I have been gone from them for nearly half the moons of my life. But who there will remember me? What I have seen, what I have done will change me. Abducted by Mohawk Indians at the age of 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 Willa discovers a wounded Scotsman and feels obligated to nurse his injuries. The two quickly find how 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 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 about 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.

Loie Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband.

I've read quite a few historical fictions, like the romance For Love or Loyalty as well as a few Western books like A Talent for Trouble but Burning Sky is my first historical Indian book, and I have to say I like the genera. This isn't the type of book that's going to be historically accurate, based on what people would really do, how they would really react but I think that kind of thing can be given up to artistic license. Burning Sky is a great read. It is a little on the long side, but you won't mind, because the story is great. I love the downfalls and upbeats and the perseverance the main character has. If you liked Soul's Gate you'll want to read this book.
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