From the back cover: Abducted by Mohawk Indians at fourteen and renamed Burning Sky, Willa Obenchain is driven to return to her family’s New York frontier homestead after many years building a life with the People. At the boundary of her father’s property, Willa discovers a wounded Scotsman lying in her path. Feeling obliged to nurse his injuries, the two quickly find much has changed during her twelve-year absence—her childhood home is in disrepair, her missing parents are rumored to be Tories, and the young Richard Waring she once admired is now grown into a man twisted by the horrors of war and claiming ownership of the Obenchain land.
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I found this book to be a bit of a struggle to read. It’s not that the story or writing are bad — they aren’t! It’s just…dense. I suppose that’s the best word for it. If you’re looking for a light read to fill a few minutes here and there, this isn’t it.
However, the character development is very good, and the story line has enough ups and downs to keep a reader very interested in the outcome.
Also, it’s set in an unusual time in history: the years after the Revolutionary War. I enjoy reading books that aren’t set in the typical eras of history or whose characters are unusual, and this book has both.
I recommend this book, but I also recommend saving it for a time when you can really focus on it, such as a long plane trip or a snowy weekend day.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.