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August 14, 2013

BURNING SKY by Lori Benton

BURNING SKY                                                              4 STARS
A Novel of the American Frontier
by Lori Benton

                                      ( quote from  book)     

“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.“

The author wrote a truly exciting and beautiful story that is void of the constant sex that we see in book after book. urning Sky will find a place in your heart throughout the book. It is a romance that has a lot of spirituality in it.  The author brings to reality the 18th century New York frontier along with its hardships and times of joy. She does a fine job of sensitivity regarding the interracial  scenes. The author definitely  did her homework in research. She describes the way the Eastern Tribes were involved with the Revolution.  The characters are all so very different and the author does a good job of describing them.  The story was completely believable so much that you feel their emotions and situations. There are religious references with scriptures being read by the hearth. The story becomes so real that you can't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens next.  There was a lot of tragedy in the story, but on the opposite side there is lots of love that blooms over time. You follow three characters, Willa Obenchain who was taken hostage as a young girl by the Mohawks.  They adopted her into their clan. She has now returned to her family's land. Her Mohawk clan brother, Joseph Tames-His-Horse, has a strong bond with his God and his people.  Then we have Dr. Neil MacGregor, Scottish botanist who has been wounded but has a gentleness toward God and others.  He treated everyone alike, the Mohawks and the whites, it didn't matter to him. The story will break your heart at times and then it will warm your heart at others.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction along with story of romance meant to be.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of this book BURNING SKY by Lori Benton from waterbrookmultnomah Publishing (BLOGGING FOR BOOKS) for this unbiased review.

Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace. blogs

1 comment:

Lori Benton said...

Thank you very much for this review!