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.
Wow, such an amazing debut novel from Lori Benton. There was so much that I loved about this novel. There was a rich story, real problems and solutions, and wonderful character development.
Willa was a strong yet fragile main character. Her honest reactions to the loss not once but twice of her family was raw and real. Neil's strong faith, as well as Joesph's, was awesome. Even through all the adversity that they faced, they still somehow had joy. There were such strong supporting characters as well which just added to the richness of the novel.
This was not a sugar coated read. Benton did an amazing job writing this multilevel story. If this is a debut novel I can't wait to read what she writes next.
I received this book from WaterBrook Press in exchange for my honest review.