Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier by Lori Benton

Burning Sky

Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier by Lori Benton


I received Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier by Lori Benton from Blogging for Books and WaterBrook Press.  This is Lori Benton’s first book.  Set in 1784, Burning Sky is about a young woman named Willa, who has returned home after 12 years of living with the Mohawk Indians.  She was abducted from her family in the New York frontier during the Revolutionary War when she was about 14 years old and renamed Burning Sky.  Before Willa can even get to her family home, she stumbles upon a wounded Scotsman, Neil MacGregor, a botanist, and his dog, Cap.

Willa arrives home to find her parents gone, her best friend married, and neighbors who are hostile towards her new life with the Mohawk people.  As she gets to know these people again, there are rumors that her parents fled to freedom from the war and an accusation that they were Tories.  Because of this accusation, her family home is set to be auctioned out from underneath her and poised to purchase it is a former childhood friend, Richard, who’s grown bitter and angry because of the war and the death of many of his family.

Willa’s Wolf Clan brother, Tames-His-Horse, comes looking for her and vows to help her stock up her provisions for the coming winter by hunting for her while she tries to plant and grow crops.  This devotion shows Willa just how much her cares for her and hopes to win her love.  However, because they were raised in the same clan, as Mohawks they are considered brother and sister.

With village tensions rising and threats being made against Willa, she seeks to find the proof she needs to prove her parent’s innocence so that she can keep her family home.  The last few chapters of the book keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat until it’s conclusion.

While this book is about 400 pages, it was an easy read.  I had a very difficult time putting it down and would have finished it quicker than the 5 days it actually took me to read it if I hadn’t been reading word-for-word so I wouldn’t miss a single detail.  I recommend this book for teens and adults.  Because Lori Benton is a Christian novelist, there is no inappropriate language in the book.  There is an implied loving, sexual relationship between an older wealthy man and his female slave that has produced a child.  Burning Sky can be purchased in paperback, hardcover, and in Kindle forms.


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  This post contains affiliate links.


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