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Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier [Paperback]

By Lori Benton (Author)
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The 18th century New York frontier bred courage in those who survived its perils. Willa Obenchain has courage to spare. Returning to her white parents' abandoned homestead after twelve years of Indian captivity, Willa believes a solitary life is the only way she'll never lose again what's twice been lost: her family, and her heart. As she begins the backbreaking work of reviving her farm, Willa's determined isolation is threatened. First by injured botanist Neil MacGregor, found unconscious on her land, and also by her Mohawk clan brother Joseph Tames-His-Horse, a man who cannot give up the woman he calls Burning Sky. Willa is a woman caught between two worlds and the residents of the nearby frontier village, still reeling from a bloody revolutionary war, are reluctant to welcome her home. As tensions rise, challenging her shielded heart, Willa must find a new courage--the courage to again risk embracing the blessings the Almighty wants to bestow, and answer the question, "am I brave enough to love again?"

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""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?

Citations And Professional Reviews
Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier by Lori Benton has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Romantic Times - 08/01/2013 page 56
  • CBA Retailers - 05/01/2013 page 33
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/17/2013


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Pages   404
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 6, 2013
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  0307731472  
ISBN13  9780307731470  

Sales Rank:  #1150 in Books   (See Bestselling Christian Books)

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Publishers description for Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier...


""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?


More About Lori Benton

Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn."
Lori Benton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Pathfinders


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Reviews - What do customers think about Burning Sky?

Great Story!  May 8, 2014
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.
 
Lovely Story  Dec 3, 2013
I absolutely love books with Indians, so you can imagine how excited I was to see this book up for review. And completely met my expectations. Willa is a woman who spent twelve years with the Mohawks and during that time, she learned the good and the bad of both the reds and whites. Neil is a man who has suffered at the hands of the Indians, but still finds it in him to forgive. And Joseph...he won me over in the beginning just by being full blooded Indian and a possible love interest. I am shocked by how rarely that happens.

This book was beautifully depicted and immediately captivating. If not for school and work, I probably would have finished it in only a couple of days. You could feel the seasons and the dirt on Willa's skin. You felt her pain and the men's frustration. Lovely is the only way that I can describe it.

Toward the end I felt that it took a little too long to get to the resolution, but I loved it enough to continue on. Hopefully, Lori will have another book like coming soon.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
 
Fabulous Historical Debut!  Nov 8, 2013
In her debut novel, Burning Sky, Lori Benton has crafted a hauntingly beautiful, heartrending tale of a white woman caught not only between two very different worlds, but also two handsome men from diverse cultures--one acceptable in the white man's world and the other, forbidden.

Now twenty-six years old, Wilhelmina Obenchain, known by the Mohawks as Burning Sky, is returning home after living with the Indians for twelve years. Kidnapped as a young girl, Willa was adopted by the People into a tribe called Wolf Clan, and taught the ways of the Indians. After losing her husband and her two children to small pox, a grieving Burning Sky finds her way to her parents' farm only to find them missing and accused of being Tories, and her home in major disrepair.

Neil MacGregor finds himself being nursed back to health by Willa after a terrible fall, and in return seeks to help her restore the farm and heal her heart. Joseph Tames-His-Horse, also from the Wolf Clan, tries to convince her to return to the People--having always been in love with her. Neither of these handsome, kind men fit into Willa's plan of living a solitary life and she pushes them away, fearful of loving and losing everyone she cherishes once again.

As the prejudice of townsfolk ensue and evil men seek to steal her land, Willa's safety is unsure. Where does she belong?...and is she Willa, Burning Sky, or a little of both? She loves both of these strong, tender men who have sacrificed all for her -- but will she ever find the courage to give her heart to one of them?

While reading this fantastic book, I continually marveled at the fact that this is a debut novel! Lori Benton is a fresh, new voice in historical fiction, and what a strong voice it is! The storyline was intriguing, the characters endearing and realistic (nothing seemed contrived), and what an awesome job this author did on her research! I loved the heroine's courage and pluck, but also her vulnerability as she faced each day as it came, with God's help and provision. A historical fiction lover's veritable feast; full of rich, brilliant detail -- make sure to put this one at the top of your wishlist!! One of the best books I have read so far this year; I fully expect this one to be a major bestseller!

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.
 
A gripping tale of a woman torn between two worlds.  Oct 24, 2013
What a novel to debut with! Burning Sky is a deep, powerful journey back in time to the tumultuous years after the American Revolution. Burning Sky is the Mowhawk name that was given to Willa Obenchain, who was stolen from her family twelve years before the start of this book.

Willa built a life with the Mowhawks, but when she loses everything and decides to travel back to her original home, will she be able to make a life again amongst people who feel they have been terrorized by the very people she learned to call family?

Willa takes in a man named Neil MacGregor when she finds him injured on the border of her family's land. Neil is originally from Scotland and is a botanist sent to document the flora and fauna of the west. Willa is a strong, yet traumatized woman. Neil unleashes feelings in her that she is not ready to face. Will she ever be able to let her guard down? Neil has his own struggles to overcome. Will he be able to determine what God really wants for his life?

This novel is full of beautiful imagery and offers the reader a window into another time. The distrust that Willa, the two children in her care, and Willa's adoptive Mowhawk brother face is intense. I really enjoyed the author's writing style. I felt totally immersed in the time period and very invested in the lives of the characters.
 
Burning Sky  Aug 6, 2013
When I first laid eyes on the cover of the novel, it was interesting to say the least. However, when I read the summary I will admit my interest was piqued. Then, as the story began to unfold, I was literally reading to savor the rich tasting flavor with each page turned! I was just reclining, drinking ice tea and enraptured with the setting, characters and plot I could pull away from the page. The author’s debut novel paints the scenes so vividly the reader will swear they are actually witnessing the action.
The setting is in the wilderness of colonial New York when our nation was still attempting to be independent. One young woman born from German immigrants living out in the wilderness is captured and becomes adopted by a clan of the Mohawks. Her name is changed from Willa to Burning Sky. She is to no longer remember she is white or speak English. Now, lost to her one family, she knows she has a new one. However, later down the road, she experiences a loss of which she believes she will never recover. In an attempt to protect her heart, she builds wall around it never wanting to love and lose again.
Willa returns to the land where she was raised. During the journey, she comes across a man who is injured near her land marker. Neil turns out to not be as severely injured as first thought, but as time passes he comes to realize he has suffered the loss of the one ability he cherished most. With the war coming to an end, anyone thought to be loyal to the crown had their land forfeited. Without any knowledge of how to prove her parents loyalty to their new land, Willa stands to lose everything she owns. On top of that, she now has two orphans brought to her door by her Mohawk brother Joseph. How are Willa’s attempts to stay disengaged to protect her heart going to become her reality?
Believe me when I say this novel is epic! Full of emotion, adventure, history and more that will draw you away for a while from reality to enjoy it. The book is rich, enchanting and abundant really beyond my ability to adequately express. As I read, I just kept thinking how awesome this debut novel is, thrilling my heart more with each twist of the storyline. In all seriousness, I feel like I have discovered an author whose writing will capture readers’ hearts and minds for years to come!
 
Torn Between Two Cultures  Jul 28, 2013
“Burning Sky” grabbed my attention at first glance with its gorgeous cover. Once I had read its beautiful yet haunting opening words I had to know everything about this woman. I am not certain why I first hesitated to choose this book to review but I am so glad that I changed my mind. “Burning Sky” is one novel that will remain on my keeper shelf. Another new author has been added to my must-read list.

Captured by Indians at a young age, Willa Obenchain returned after twelve years to the family farm to find her parents missing. As she neared the end of her journey, she discovered wounded Neil MacGregor who she rescued and nursed back to health. The war with the British was over but resentment and hatred for the Mohawk remained strong. Torn between the two cultures, Willa encountered prejudice and harassment at the hands of some of her former friends and neighbors as well as the threat of losing the family farm. Neil remained to help Willa while he recuperated from his injuries and grew to care for her but Willa had determined to never let herself care for anyone again because the pain of loss was too great. Two other men – one a former suitor and one her Indian brother also played important roles in the story.

I enjoyed most everything about “Burning Sky”. Character development was excellent from the Willa and Neil to the children, Joseph Tames-His-Horse, Francis, Anni, Goodenough, and even the dog Cap. The steady plot moved at a steady pace and included just the right amount of historical details and descriptions of the settings to make me feel a part of the story. Scripture was sprinkled liberally throughout the story but was used naturally and was not overwhelming. In fact one scripture in particular seemed to be the theme of the story and was often an encouragement to Willa as she struggled with everything that came against her. “Burning Sky” helps the reader understand the points of view from both the Indians and the settlers.

I could go on but I do not want to reveal too much. “Burning Sky” should appeal to those who enjoy books about the early days of our nation. I look forward to what this new author will offer us next.
 

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