By Dorothy Adamek
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?
Lori Benton’s debut novel Burning Sky is a refreshing love story, and so much more. It’s the story of prejudice and long held attitudes well entrenched in the frontier setting of North America in her developing years. Historically rich and accurate, the story is delivered by a diverse cast, complex and thought provoking in their motivations and actions.
Lori writes a lyrical, deep story. The kind I most prefer. Her characters fight for the strength to flourish when everything they rely on has been taken from them. I don’t normally care too much for the love triangle Willa finds herself in, but I felt duly compensated by the well drawn characters of Joseph the Indian and Neil McGregor the Scotsman. And Willa just shines.
If you’re looking for a tender story, this is your pick.
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Dorothy Adamek lives in Melbourne with her Beloved and their three gorgeous kids. She's the winner of the 2013 FHL ~ Touched By Love Competition. Enamoured by all things 19th century, she writes The Heartbeat of Yesteryear, Historical Romance - Aussie style. Come say G'day at her blog, Ink Dots.