“I remember the borders of our land, though I have been gone from them nearly half the moons of my life. But who there will remember me? What I have seen, what I have done, it has changed me.
I am the place where two rivers meet, silted with upheaval and loss.
Yet memory of our land is a clear stream. I shall know it as a mother knows the faces of her children. It may be I will find me there.“
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 is fantastic, she packs so much into one book and does it great. You would think she is a seasoned author, I am thinking she will be writing many more fantastic books. This book has something for so many people: History, romance, intriguing characters, complex plot and so much more.
I loved every minute of this book and found myself glued to it from the beginning to the end. I will say I was skeptical that I would like it since the setting is not my favorite, but with the authors great writing and detail she brought the setting alive and convinced me that even my least favorite topic/setting could draw me in with great writing.
Looking for something new and fresh to read then look no further to this book, it won't disappoint. I am looking forward to reading her next book coming out in Spring 2014.
*I received this book through blogging for books for the purpose of this review.