08 August 2013

Teresa Mathews Reviews Burning Sky By Lori Benton

Burning Sky by Lori Benton
Waterbrook Press

Reviewed By Teresa S. Mathews
5 Stars*****


In this, her debut novel Lori Benton takes us on an adventure to the New York Frontier, the year is 1784, just past the time America has claimed her independence from England.  Here we are introduced to a beautiful young woman born Wilhelmina Obenchain, who was snatched from her home at the age of 14 and adopted by a band of Mohawk Indians. After losing her husband to the war and her children to smallpox she decides to head back to the land of the white man and see if she can find her parents. Can Willa leave behind her identity of Burning Sky, and once again live as Willa Obenchain? Will there be anyone to welcome her home?

When Willa gets to the boundary stone of her papa's land all she finds is a man lying unconscious and a rundown cabin with no signs of her family anywhere. What could have happened to her parents and Grandmother, and who is this man laying on her Father's land?

When Scotsman Neil MacGregor, a doctor and botanist, finally wakes up he is surprised to find a beautiful woman dressed in the very strange clothing, taking care of him. Who is this woman named Wilhelmina Obenchain? Why does he feel drawn to her? Knowing Neil can't travel yet with his hurt arm Willa lets him stay with her until his arm heals. Even when it heals will Neal be able to leave Willa behind?

Not everyone from Willa's past has welcomed her home, Richard Waring the young man who had thoughts of marrying Willa before she was taken, is one of them. Since the atrocities of war Richard has been a changed man and not for the good. He informs Willa that her parents were Tories and since they haven't been seen since the war her father's land has been seized and is going to be sold at auction and he is going to be the one to buy it. The only way she can save her land is to prove him wrong. How can she if she can't find her parents and she has no other living relatives?

Tames-His-Horse has loved Burning Sky from the moment he was given a vision of her before she was taken by his people. He had thought she was going to be his wife until she was adopted into the same Wolf Clan as he. Now that she has gone back to the white world he wants to persuade her to come away with him where no one will know they are of the same clan and he can take care of her like he has longed to do all these years. Will he be able to persuade her to leave with him or will their enemies extract their twisted justice on them both before she can decide?

I have to say I loved, loved, loved this book!! From the beginning where you see a strong but broken young woman daring to go back to a place she may never be welcomed. Then all the way through to the ending where you see an even stronger woman who made the hardest decision of her life and she came out victorious! What a story this was! Lori is certainly going to be added to my list of favorite authors, I can't wait to see what comes next!! Thank you Lori for a fabulous read that deeply touched my heart!

You can find Lori's book at DeeperShoppingAmazonCBDBooks A Million, and Barnes and Noble.


GIVEAWAY: We are giving away a copy of this great book, readers choice of E-book or Paperback, ***International Winners E-Book Only.*** In order to qualify please make sure to read Lori's moving testimony and let me know in your comments. (To get to Lori's testimony go to the home page and scroll down.) Also Don't Forget Your Email Address!!  


45 comments:

  1. A wonderful review on a fabulous book, TERESA! I would really encourage each entrant that doesn't win in our giveaway to order this book ASAP...they won't be sorry. It is a breathtaking read!

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    1. DIANA I agree NO ONE will want to miss this book!

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  2. Thank you, Teresa for the warm and thoughtful review! Such a blessing that Burning Sky touched your heart. As a writer, that was always my first hope and prayer. :)

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    1. LORI I really did enjoy it immensely immensely It is definitely is at the top of my favorites list.

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  3. Wonderful interview - this was a wonderful book with a beautiful story. I have read it on my Kindle but I would love to win a paperback copy to have to re-read and share.

    Ann Ellison
    abilene_nana@yahoo.com

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    1. ANN it has a beautiful cover it will make a beautiful addition to your library. Thanks for coming by.

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  4. Great review!! I'm dying to read this book!! Sharing this....

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    1. MARYLU you will love it. Great to see you drop by. Thanks for Sharing.

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  5. Thank you for the interview and sharing. I would love a chance to read the book. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  6. What a beautiful testimony! God's will is revealed in HIS time and there are times we have to wait patiently, continuing in faith and prayer. I look forward to reading Burning Sky!

    Britney Adams
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  7. That's an amazing testimony - God is so faithful. Keep proclaiming it!

    And, of course, I can't wait to get a hold of a copy of the book!

    rdalquis(at)css(dot)edu

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    1. Hi RACHAEL! So glad you read Lori's testimony! GOD IS SO GOD! Good luck in the drawing!

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  8. Love the testimony! Can't wait to read the book! :)
    Deiselbuffs@gmail.com

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    1. Hi LISA thanks for reading LORI's testimony. So glad you came by. We have you in the drawing...good luck!

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  9. Thanks for sharing. I love how God writes a different story with every person's life. :) Please enter me into the drawing. This book is definitely going on my "must read list".
    tamara_wilkins@ymail.com

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    1. TAMARA this is great addition to your "must read list". You are entered in the drawing!

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  10. Wow. I was eager to read Burning Sky before, but God's power in your testimony just blew me away! Thank you for sharing such a personal journey with us!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You are very welcome, Beth. I'd be so blessed if it encouraged even one other person out there struggling with chemo fog.

      Thanks everyone for your sweet comments and good wishes for this book!

      Lori

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    2. BETH so glad you came by and was blessed by LORI's testimony.

      LORI my hubby went through cancer and chemo in 1999. PTL he is still cancer-free, I don't remember him talking about the chemo fog but I was busy being a stay at home mom to our two sons. So grateful GOD got us through that and so glad you made it through too! GOD IS BEYOND AMAZING!!

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  11. I have read the testimonial before and it is an amazing one. I could not imagine not being able to write like she was.

    lotsofbooks1(at)live(dot)com

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    1. BOOKISHQUEEN thanks for reading LORI's testimony. Got you entered in the giveaway!

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  12. Lori, what an awesome testimony!! It makes me excited to read your book. I pray that God keeps his healing hand on you. I'm disabled because of a medical error and it causes serious health complications. One is nine or ten cancers. I go every four weeks to be checked with the attitude of everything's okay. Would love to win your book. Thank you for sharing your testimony.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. We had a wonderful friend who died of lymphoma few years ago...was sad... I am so glad your here Lori , God has let you be here to bless us, that is for sure and for certain. Its not that Jim had no testimony , but even in dying he loved the Lord and blessed us all... It is written " to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord " , what joy to be with the Lord, but Sis, he wasn't finished with your story yet... and I cannot wait to read the book..Would love to have the ebook on my kindle so I can read it at night with no lights on..smile. Your a wonderful person and Sister in the Lord, your testimony so strong and touching to all who read it...
    Be Blessed !
    Love in Jesus
    Linda Finn

    Great review..although sometimes I don't like to read reviews if they tell story in them.. I like honest opinions rather then story line.. IMHO Smile

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    1. LINDA thanks for coming by! I try not to tell more than the blurb hints at, or maybe just a little more, wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone. I promise there is more to the story than what's in my review!

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  14. I read the testimony and the review. I liked reading others' comments also on this great book!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. HI SUSAN glad you read the testimony! Good luck in the drawing!

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  15. A wonderful debut by all accounts.

    Thank you.

    I have read Lori's testimony.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com


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    1. HI MARY! This is a wonderful book, you would never know this was LORI's debut!! Such a thrilling book! Good luck in the drawing!

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  16. Lori, Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and how it affected your writing. You are very honest and many people would not be that forthcoming about their experiences. I am looking forward to reading Burning Sky.

    Thanks!

    Sheri

    hspruitt [at] frontiernet {dot} net

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  17. SHERI thanks for stopping by! Have you entered in the giveaway!

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  18. Wonderful review! I have read her testimony and it was wonderful - praying for many more years of remission!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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  19. Teresa, such a great review! I have not heard of Lori before. I really appreciated her testimony.my best friend is going through cancer now and I am going to share Lori's testimony with her.

    I am very interested in reading this. In my family's history there is a similar story.....my great, great grandmother's sister was taken by an Indian when she was a child. He married her and they couldn't get her back. I've tried to find out more about it....but no more records.

    Thanks for sharing this....Teresa and Lori

    My email is: sunydey26@aol.com

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    1. HI JOHNETTE, it's so good to see you! What an amazing story your family has. After hearing that I know you will love LORI's book, it's a great story! Thanks for stopping by, I have you entered!

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  20. TERESA, awesome review hon!! Your review honestly makes me want to read it more than ever now! :)

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    1. HI NOELA! Thanks!! All I can say is read...read...read so you can get to this one in a hurry! lol

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  21. I'm thrilled to read these awesome reviews. You gals at Overcoming with God sure know how to wet the appetite of readers. Kudos to Lori on this amazing piece of literature!

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    1. HI CARLA!! Thanks for coming by, so glad you enjoyed the review! LORI has done an incredible job on this, everyone needs this on their TBR list for the summer!

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  22. Our daughter suffered a concussion early in her freshman year. It caused a lot of problems with focus and vision. How we take those blessings for granted until they're gone. But God is good and He helps us through the trials. The book sounds great!

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    1. HI MOM2ABCD that's a terrible thing that happened to your daughter, hope she is well now. Thanks for coming by and sharing with us. You are right God is very good to us, even if we don't always deserve it He is faithful to us! PLEASE COME BACK AND LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, we need a way to contact you if you win! :)

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  23. Thanks for sharing your story of overcoming cancer Lori. Anytime you hear that word cancer it is very scary.

    I really am looking forward to reading this book!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. PATTY thank you for stopping by and I hope you get to read this fabulous book! I know you will enjoy it! Good luck in the drawing!

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  24. I have read Lori's inspiring testimony & congratulate her on the remission of her disease.

    This book intrigues me in numerous ways, & I am also drawn to it because I am a descendant of the controversial Blue Jacket (Marmaduke VanSwearingen - a white man), who is rumored to have been captured by indians, bartered with them to let his younger brother loose, lived with them, & was made a war chief because they were impressed with his bravery. There was an outdoor drama about his life, for a number of years, in Lima, Ohio. It is said that he was renamed Blue Jacket because of the blue jacket he was wearing when captured.

    I am drawn to the descriptions & situations of the unusual characters in this book & would love to read it! Thanks!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Wow BONNIE what great history your family has! I hope you do get to read this great story by Lori as it is fantastic. Good Luck in the drawing!!

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  25. What an amazing testimony! That would be so hard to have to give up doing something you love and never knowing if you could do it again. Your book sounds wondferful. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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