07 January 2014

Marian Baay reviews Under a Blackberry Moon by Serena Miller



Reviewed by Marian Baay
~5 stars~*****

When I heard that Serena Miller had written a story about the heroic character from The Measure of Katie Calloway – Skypilot – I knew I had to read this book. 
I loved Skypilot; his character, his hard-working nature, and how he was willing to sacrifice himself to save the life of Robert’s young daughter.

In Under a Blackberry Moon, Skypilot accompanies the native young woman, Moon Song, and her eight month old son from Jack’s lumber camp back to her tribe.
We were introduced to Moon Song in The Measure of Katie Calloway where she stumbled into Robert’s lumber camp. She was also the person who nursed Skypilot back to health. They developed a friendship during that time, but feelings are running a bit deeper than a mere friendship for Moon Song. She is trying to keep them under control, because she doesn’t believe that a white man will stay with a native woman over the long haul. She has seen that happen often enough in the tribes.

During their travel, tragedy strikes and lives are lost. Thankfully Skypilot, Moon Song, her son, and a white woman named Isabella survive. Stranded on a sandbank with no way to get off, Moon Song’s survival instinct kicks in. She leads Skypilot and Isabella to a safer place, meanwhile searching  and preparing food.

Skypilot—big and strong as he is—has to rely on Moon Song to survive their trek through the wilderness of Michigan. His admiration for the woman grows into something more, but Moon Song doesn’t hesitate to turn him down. Will Skypilot find a way to win her heart?

What a wonderful story! I really enjoyed reading Moon Song and Skypilot’s adventure. Moon Song turned out to be an interesting woman; sensitive but tough. She knows what she wants and what needs to be done. Skypilot already stole my heart in The Measure of Katie Calloway and it was a delight to get to know him better and see how he held onto his faith and believes.
To make the story even more interesting, there were some unexpected twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages. The unforeseen surprise at the end kept me smiling long after I finished the book.


*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*

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62 comments:

  1. Oh my, I have been wanting this book since I first saw it. Would be wonderful if I could get lucky and win this time. Loved the review. Please put my name in. Thanks! MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hey Maxie. You were up early (or late). :) All the best in the contest!

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  2. I simply loved this book! It's as good as its lovely cover and you did an awesome job reviewing it, MARIAN!

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  3. Wonderful review MARIAN of an exceptional book!! Skypilot sort of stole my heart in this one, especially his incredible devotion. Wow huh... his love was certainly powerful!! :)

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    1. Yes, Skypilot was a real hero. He also stole my heart. :)

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  4. Loved this book! In fact I got myself confused and thought it was a 2014 book ACK! I need to add this to my faves of 2013!

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    1. Me too, Carrie. I didn't get the book finished in time for my 2013 favorites post. :(

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    2. There were several other 2013 releases I didn't get to read in time to put on my favorites list. I need more hours in a day!!

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  5. I really enjoyed Katie Calloway -- I'm so glad the author has decided to write Skypilot's story!

    rdalquis@css.edu

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  6. Would love to win. angelachesnut246@gmail.com Angela from KY

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    1. Okay, we'll put your name in the hat, Angela.

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  7. This book looks great! Thanks for the review and chance to win! Nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Thanks for the review. I have the first book in my TBR pile but haven't read it yet. Now, my interest is piqued.

    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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    1. You must read the first book soon. It's too good to let it get dusty in your TBR pile. ;)

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  9. Sounds like a great read, and set in my home state of MI!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're from MI? Cool! All the best in the drawing.

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  10. Love your review . I would love to win this book . The cover is beautiful. Please enter me in the giveaway. Yhanks and blessings.
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Definately has my interest! Going to add it to my TBR list, unless of course I happen to win a copy. ;o) Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win a copy. I would love to enter the give away.
    Kushka4paws@yahoo.com
    Beth

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    1. Hey Beth, thanks for dropping by. You're entered!

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  12. Here I am , Marian to thank you for your excellent review. I loved what you wrote and I'd like to read about a differen story like about a Native woman. I especially loved the part where you wrote about the twists and turns and surprise ending! Hoping like always to win this wonderful contest. Thanks! Sincerely, Mary Lou
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. As always we will enter you and wish you the best in the contest, Mary Lou! :)

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  13. I am wanting to read this book. I hope you are staying warm in this arctic blast.

    wwchildren at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm in Europe and our weather is nice. February is usually our coldest month.

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  14. I enjoyed your review. It convinced me that I must read this book. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. Then I have done my job. Good luck, Jan!

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  15. Great review, Marian - love the storyline, and would love to read the book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com
    OWG

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  16. Linda Dianne StoweJanuary 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Hi Marian,I love that review ,and I know I would really enjoy reading that book.It sounds like there is so much adventure in it and I would probably be crying through out the whole book.I'm sorry ,I'm a romantic at heart ,what can I say.Whoever wins this book ,I'm sure will be thrilled and also we all know we can't all win but whoever it is that wins ,I congratulate them now.It really does sound great.Also ,I've been blessed to win several books and maybe this time someone who has never won,will.I'm not saying I wouldn't be pleased to win but I also do not want to be selfish.Blessings to the winner. linda.stowe@att.net is my E-mail

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    1. You have a good heart, Linda! You're right--the book is full adventure and there's romance too. Who knows...maybe you win. :)

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  17. Thanks! I would love to win!!!! Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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  18. Wonderful review Marian! I just started it and so far it's wonderful! :-)

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    1. Serena's books are always wonderful! Enjoy this one, mom!

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  19. Great review Marian.This sounds like a great book and I love the beautiful cover.Thanks for the chance to win it.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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    1. I agree that the cover is lovely, Jackie. Good luck!

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  20. I would love to get this book I was born in the U.P and miss it....thanks you!!! suehippchen@yahoo.com

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    1. Our Carrie was born there too. She is sharing her review tomorrow.

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  21. Thank you for your review. This does indeed sound wonderful.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  22. I heard about this book recently and put it in my A cart.....but would LOVE to win a copy! Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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  23. I really enjoyed "The Measure of Katie Calloway," and the covers for both books are just so beautiful! Can't wait to read "Under a Blackberry Moon."

    chillirosen@hotmail.com

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    1. Both books are great and the covers are wonderful as well. Good luck, Mallori!

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  24. I read your review, the story looks great. Hope I can have a copy of it. Thank you. feadamsonn@gmail.com


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    1. Thanks for reading my review, Fe. Good luck in the drawing!

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  25. Wow, this looks like a very good read. Love the review, makes me want to read it. Would love to win it! bsparkplug3@gmail.com

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    1. That's great to hear, Becky! You're entered!

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  26. Sounds like a wonderful book
    God bless u
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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  27. I love your review, Marian, and will certainly be adding this book to my TBR list!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Britney. Enjoy the book when you get to reading it. Good luck.

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  28. Marian, Enjoyed the review of Under a Blackberry Moon very much. I have not read any of Serena's books but looking forward to it
    Thank you
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You will be pleasantly surprised when you read Serena's books, Jackie!

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  29. Great review, Marian - love the storyline, and would love to read the book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!
    akleslieprice@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Allison & good luck in the drawing!

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  30. Great review.Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    Under A Blackberry Moon sounds wonderful.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  31. Hey Marian. This was just before I crawled into my bed. LOL I'm a night owl. Maxie

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  32. Hey Marian! Thank you SO much for the incredible review!

    And good luck to all who are wanting the book.

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