Just a few days after she gives birth alone in the Northwoods, a recently widowed young Chippewa woman stumbles into a nearby lumber camp in search of refuge and sustenance. Come summer, the camp owner sends Skypilot, his most trusted friend, to accompany Moon Song and her baby on the long and treacherous journey back to her people. But when tragedy strikes off the shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness, Moon Song and Skypilot must depend on each other for survival. With every step they take into the forbidding woods, they are drawn closer together, until the tough questions must be asked. Will she leave her culture to enter his? Will he leave his world to enter hers? Or will they walk away from a love that seems too complicated to last?
Under a Blackberry Moon is the story of Moon Song and Skypilot, two characters from The Measure of Katie Calloway. I found this historical romance novel to be rich with history and love and a delightful read!
First, Moon Song is quite the tough cookie. This girl has a lot thrown at her in life and she throws it right back. Moon Song is a joy to read and Ms. Miller does a fabulous job of making her come to life. Skypilot was a hero who only made me want to know more. He was complex and fascinating and you could see why he captured Moon Song’s heart. I will say that the foundation of the romance happened off screen. There are quite a few references to Moon Song and Skypilot’s time together in the first novel. I found this to be a bit frustrating at first as I didn’t remember them together as much in the first novel. However, the way Skypilot loved Moon Song and the things he was willing to do for her really cemented the relationship and made it a joy to read.
Historically, I felt like I learned so much about the Chippewa and Michigan. It was a hard life and Ms. Miller was able to teach me about this time and tell a story effortlessly.
Spiritually, I love the importance Skypilot places on not be unequally yoked. He was willing to wait on God in spite of his love for Moon Song. I also liked how the novel showed that hatred is a disease that can kill you and only love and forgiveness can really heal you.
Overall, I enjoyed reading about Moon Song and Skypilot. To be honest, towards the middle it slowed a bit, but keep reading, it picks back up and you won’t want to put it down!
Romantic Scale: 8.5
**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**