Friday, December 6, 2013

Burning Sky - Fiction, American frontier

Burning Sky
By Lori Benton

Willa Obenchain was captured by Mohawk Indians as a teenager and taken to live with the tribe.  Given the opportunity to do so, she has returned to her family’s homestead after many years in captivity.  Nothing is the same.  Her mother and father are gone and the town folk are saying her parents were loyal to King George during the Revolutionary War.  Though she’s working hard to reclaim the homestead after many years of being uninhabited, a new law states that it can be taken from her and sold to the highest bidder at an auction because of her parents allegiance to the Crown.  Willa doesn’t believe that her parents were Tories, but what sort of unmitigated proof can she find after so many years away?  Willa is also struggling to find her place – does she belong to the white race where she was raised, or to the Mohawk Indians with whom she has come to identify? 

I thought this book was well written and interesting.  I enjoyed learning a little more about how the Revolutionary War affected the Northern regions of New York and up to the Canadian border. There was also a lot of history about the northern Native American tribes and their role in the political climate of the Revolutionary War.  Finding healing after much hurt was a prominent theme of the book.   I would be glad to read more books by this author if she chooses to continue this series.  Overall I give this book an A – grab it for a cold day, and cozy up to the fireplace. 

I received a free copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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