Saturday, September 21, 2013

BURNING SKY by Lori Benton - Review

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for review. The following post contains some advertisement.

"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 so happy to have guest reviewer, Starr, helping me out today. The following review is her opinion on the book.

The story takes place right after the Revolutionary War has ended.   Burning sky had been captured by Mohawk Indians as a young girl.   There were so many deaths among the Indians because of war and sickness that she finds herself going back to her New York home 12 years later.   Her parents and grandmother are no longer there.    There are so many questions to be answered.  What happened to her New York family?  Were they even alive?    She finds that the ugliness of war has left many people changed and scarred.

Starr said: There are some nice twists and anxious moments in this book as Willa (Burning Sky's English name) fights for her home.   Many secrets are uncovered, lost people found, wrongs made right, and even romance creeps in.   You get a good view of how the war affected  the Indians, Loyalist and Patriots.     The descriptions of the characters and the scenes made me really "feel"  and "see" what was happening.   If you enjoy a good, historical novel then this is a good one to read.

This book is available through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing and various other retailers.

About the Author: 

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. She spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Burning Sky is her first novel. You can learn more about Lori and her book on her website http://loribenton.blogspot.com/

Her second novel The Pursuit of Tamsen LittleJohn is available for pre-order and releases April 2014.

Me:
This was a difficult book to put down, which had me hooked from the start. The story of a woman, captured by Indians as a young girl, who returns to her roots; only to discover - the life she knew is no longer there or the same. A tale of history, romance, and strength woven through the characters. A tale that depicts the happenings of the era and what those in our country suffered and endured to make our nation what it is today. Willa is a woman caught between two worlds, will she comfort in her faith in God, as she reaches out of her own pain to help those around her? Definitely recommended!

I can certainly relate to being caught between two worlds, on many levels. For one, I grew up in another country and at times I feel caught between those worlds. Then there is the spiritual level. I am constantly feeling caught between the world/flesh and spiritual. I do what I do not want to do and don't do what I want to do, as the apostle Paul pointed out.
What about you? Do you ever feel caught between two worlds? I would love to hear your view point.

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