Reviewed By Teresa S. Mathews
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!
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