Captured at a tender young age Willa Obenchain is taken captive and is raised among the Mohawks for the next several years. While bitter at first she eventually accepts her fate and settles among the Mohawks, taking the name Burning Sky. She accepts the Mohawks as her new family.
But when devastation strikes she finds herself yearning for her former life. With no more ties holding her to the Mohawks she sets out to find her former family. On her path back to a former life Willa stumbles upon a fallen Scotsman, Neil, whom is in desperate need of help. Feeling obligated to tend to this strange man, Willa sets on the path ahead of her with determination.
Finding her family missing and stuck nursing Neil back to health, many obstacles present themselves to Willa. As many of her former friends find that Willa is back to claim her land she finds that her home is threatened with a rumor of her parents being Tories hung over her. Her former betrothed, Richard Waring, comes back a changed and sinister man much different than she remembers and with claim on the Obenchain land. People in town do not easily accept a woman back into their culture that spent time with "savages", and are not as accepting of Willa as she would have expected.
Her Mohawk brother, Joseph Tames-His-Horse, comes to her in search of answers as to why she would rejoin the white world when they obviously would look on her differently and not accept her. He urges her to rejoin her Mohawk family and leave the un-accepting white world behind her forever.
But Willa is torn between her former lives and wants to rebuild the Obenchain land that has fallen into disrepair.
She soon finds her safety threatened and cannot ignore her growing feelings for Neil MacGregor, the Scotsman who worms his way into her heart and mind. But neither can she ignore her pulling feelings to her previous life. As God works to show Willa that there are many blessings in front of her she struggles to let go of all the negative horrific things, but will she ever be able to fully heal her broken heart and move forward? Or will her confusion take the upper hand leaving Willa unable to make a decision, let the alone the right one?
I am a huge fan of novels written on Native Americans, colonial times, etc. One look at the cover of this book had me instantly intrigued and reading the summary I knew I could not wait to read it. This novel did not disappoint me in the least. It was everything and more than I thought it would be! Faith is the core of this book, but the author does not lecture or preach faith, rather it comes out of the book and grips you without climbing a mountain to get there. The way this novel has been put together makes you get instantly lost in the events as they are told, and everything flows together nicely. It is very well researched and depicts how most things were after the Revolution.
This book had everything from romance, tension, drama, and friendship. I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't wait to read what would happen next. There were so many frustrating moments where I almost found myself screaming at some of the events in the book and that is obviously a great read when the reader can become so invested in the characters lives and actions.
I was sad when the book came to an end, but although everything did not turn out exactly as I had wished I did very much enjoy the ending and was very pleased with it.
Clean written but not to a prudish point there are sexual scenes but they are tastefully written and not vulgar.
There are many scriptures scattered throughout the novel which brings the Christian aspect to the novel continuously in a way that fits well with the story at hand while delivering a message to the reader without preaching.
I felt this book is a great example of overcoming trials and tribulations, letting God heal your heart, and standing your ground while holding onto God's hand. With God anything is possible and no trial is too big to overcome if you hold onto your faith.
I greatly enjoyed it and I would highly recommend this novel. I cannot praise it enough and it has found a permanent home on my favorites shelf.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.