I heard about Lori Benton’s debut novel long before it came out in August of 2013 from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. A friend of mine, Pat Iacuzzi, mentioned this incredible manuscript she’d had the pleasure to read. Pat has a lot of knowledge of the time period and setting. Knowing Burning Sky was set in New York State after the Revolutionary War certainly got my attention!
I consider this historical fiction with romantic elements. I’ll say right up front, it’s an incredible book. One of those ‘I wish I wrote it’ stories that I will always want to promote.
Burning Sky is the name given to young Willa Obenchain when she is taken from her frontier home and adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk people. The novel starts when Burning Sky returns as a broken-hearted adult to the place of her childhood. Lori Benton has such depth in Willa’s story—the things she’s been through, their effect on her as she heals, and her focus on making a new life—that it’s difficult to put down.
Upon her return, Willa hopes to reclaim her family home and land. She must face the fact that her old neighbors suffered losses and deaths from the same ‘savages’ Willa left behind and considers her adopted family. Not only does she have to deal the devastating grief that sent her back to the white world, she has to fight to prove her parents weren’t Tories before her home is auctioned off. Her relationship with a Scots doctor, her Mohawk clan-brother, and the neighbor who loved her and searched for her after her kidnapping makes for a very compelling read. If that wasn’t enough, Ms. Benton has included two children who will steal your heart.
If you are a fan of historical fiction, historical romance, stories set in the colonial period—or are a fan of authors like Laura Frantz or Sara Donati, I’d strongly recommend Burning Sky. Good news – Lori’s second book is coming out this spring! The Pursuit of Tamsen LittleJohn.
I wish I was much better at book reviews; I don’t like to tell you too much about what happens (you will find plenty of hints and spoilers in the over 100 Five Star reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads), but I had to post about this book.
Unforgettable characters, spot-on historical detail, and incredible prose!
Congratulations to author Lori Benton for the nomination of Burning Sky as one of the TOP FIVE Fiction Books of the Year by the EPCA, as well as being a finalist in the the Grace Awards historical fiction category.