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?
I was drawn to this book because I heard such good things about and I just love the time period. It completely delivered. Burning Sky is a winning novel because it felt real and rooted in history while delivering fascinating characters that made you want to know more and more about them. Willa is a very strong female and one that I could appreciate. I will say she does have her moments that made me want to shake her a few times (this had to do with her romantic interest), but there is a reason for that and everything works out in the end. There are two possible male interests in this novel (which I’m not a fan of), but it does become pretty clear by the middle of the book as to which guy will win. The only sad part is that I liked them both and I almost hope that the guy who had to walk away gets his own book. I will say, that towards the end a lot kind of happens, but it’s nothing that the story has not already been building up to. Spiritually, all the (main) characters have a relationship with God that involves constant talking to Him and trusting Him. I felt that this was beautifully shown in their lives and it felt authentic. This novel is an absolute joy to read. Believe the hype. If you like Laura Frantz, you will thoroughly enjoy this novel.
Romantic Scale: 9