Saturday, August 17, 2013
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?
Willa Obenchain was captured and raised by Mohawk Indians. Renamed Burning Sky it was many years later she returns to her family farm. Upon arrival she discovers an injured man but no sign of her family. She works at cleaning up the land but there's someone who wants it and will stop at nothing to own her land.
I found this to be such a well written, suspenseful story, there's romance as well as plenty of drama. Life was indeed rough on the frontier and this book gives us a glimpse into the challenges that living in that time presented. I highly recommend it!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.