“Burning Sky” by Lori Benton, book review
Burning Sky is the name given to Willa Obenchain, when she was abducted by the Mohawks at age 14. Now, 12 years later, she returns to her home, only to find it deserted. She is determined to reclaim her home, determine the fate of her parents and grandmother, and settle down. At the boundary marker of the land, she finds an injured man. She takes him to the cabin and cares for him. Neil, is a Scotsman, who has come to the frontier to catalog the flora and fauna, but had a mishap on the trail.
Willa and Neil face many issues! The towns people who are left, after 12 years of unrest, remember her and greet her with pity or shame. New residents are shocked she has come. And there are others who are openly hostile because they want her land or think she is now an Indian, and deserves to die.
This novel is well written and shows much of the detail and emotions demonstrated of the people of the time. It was a very uncertain period in American history, and for many and unsettling time. There were mixed loyalties and often rumors fed those uncertainties and turned neighbor against neighbor. I learned some interesting facts and details of American History and will look forward to reading the next in their series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.