Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Burning Sky by Lori Benton ~ Review

 Fans of Laura Frantz will find a beloved new favorite in the pages of “Burning Sky”, a novel due to hit shelves in August, 2013.
Very reminiscent with strong themes of strength, courage and determination, Willa is a young woman trapped by her past and yearning to be set free, but unsure how to allow herself to move forward. The love triangle in the story plays strongly to this effect and made for much tension both romantic and otherwise.
What I enjoyed most about the story was the heart of our heroes. Yes, I did refer to them in the plural and I feel as though I could have equally cheered (and did) for both. The details truly are within the story, one I feel historical fiction lovers will find great pleasure in exploring.
  I did find the book a bit too long. I feel in many places the story could have been tightened and shortened as after a while I skimmed toward the dialogue. However, that is not to say that the lyrical quality of the story was good. An 18th century novel is no small piece of fiction by any standards and I have great respect for the obvious research that went into the story.
Overall, a good historical read with plenty of emotional investment for the reader.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the Amazon Vine program for my copy to review.

More about the novel...

“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?


  1. Thank you, Casey! Blessings to you. :)

    1. And congratulations to you Lori! Excited to see where this novel road takes you. :D

  2. I just read your review on Amazon and was a little surprised by it! I adored this book - just fabulous :) I'm always extra fascinated when others whose opinions I highly respect (insert your name, Casey!) think a bit differently to me :) My review will be up soon but Lori's book gave rise to my Bookish Question of the Week!

    Hugs to you, Case - can't wait to see you xo


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