Saturday, November 9, 2013

Burning Sky by Lori Benton



 
WaterBrook Press (Random House)
August 6, 2013 
ISBN-10: 0307731472 
ISBN-13: 978-0307731470
 
New York frontier, 1784 ~ 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 and she feels obliged to nurse his injuries. The two quickly find much has changed during Willa’s 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” 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 once 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


Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back three hundred years. 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. When she isn’t writing, Lori enjoys exploring beautiful Oregon with her husband. - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=163736#sthash.59AywVyF.dpuf
Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back three hundred years. 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. When she isn’t writing, Lori enjoys exploring beautiful Oregon with her husband. - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=163736#sthash.59AywVyF.dpuf
Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back three hundred years. 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. When she isn’t writing, Lori enjoys exploring beautiful Oregon with her husband. 

My Thoughts: 

I love finding a new author. It’s hard to sometimes step out of your comfort zone with new authors. I like knowing that I will get an overall clean moral book with the characters having faith or searching for God. I also like a good plot.
I also love historic fiction. I am glad that I took the plunge and read Lori Benton’s book. She did a fantastic job with her first novel. It was a page turner from the beginning.
I love it when the characters have depth and seem realistic. Burning Sky/Willa was an amazing character. I love her strength despite everything that she had been through.

Neil MacGregor was not what I expected as his character developed within the pages. It was delightful to see this humble man and his strength in God. He was definitely a lot more than he seems.

Then Joseph/Tames-His-Horse was a character I really enjoyed.

I would definitely recommend this book. I look forward to reading more by Lori Benton.

To find out more about this book and Lori Benton:
http://www.loribenton.blogspot.com/

To buy this book go to Waterbrook page.

If you want to read chapter one go take a peek here.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Blogging for Books- Waterbrook for free in order to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and were not subject to editing from the publisher.
 

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