Friday, July 14, 2017

Beginning ~ with a memory

Burning Sky ~ by Lori Benton, 2013, fiction (New York)
"I remember the borders of our land, though I have been gone from them nearly half the moons of my life.  They are these:  the hilltop stone to the north; Black Kettle Creek to the south; to the east, the lake where the warriors found me; and west, the bottomland acres where the corn and wheat were sown, hard by the track that led to Shiloh."
This is a Christy award-winning novel about a woman caught between two worlds, and the lengths she goes to find where she belongs.
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.  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?

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1 comment:

Helen's Book Blog said...

I do think the idea of culture clash is a great set up for a novel