Monday, November 4, 2013

Burning Sky

GIVEAWAY

BENTON, LORI
BURNING SKY

“I remember the borders of our land, though I have been gone from them nearly half the moons of my life. But who there will remember me? What I have seen, what I have done, it has changed me.
 

I am the place where two rivers meet, silted with upheaval and loss.
 
Yet memory of our land is a clear stream. I shall know it as a mother knows the faces of her children. It may be I will find me there.“
  
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.

When her Mohawk brother arrives and questions her place in the white world, the cultural divide blurs Willa’s vision. Can she follow Tames-His-Horse back to the People now that she is no longer Burning Sky? And what about Neil MacGregor, the kind and loyal botanist who does not fit into in her plan for a solitary life, yet is now helping her revive her farm? In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, strong feelings against “savages” abound in the nearby village of Shiloh, leaving Willa’s safety unsure.

Willa is a woman caught between two worlds. As tensions rise, challenging her shielded heart, the woman called Burning Sky must find a new courage--the courage to again risk embracing the blessings the Almighty wants to bestow. Is she brave enough to love again?

My Review:

Rich, evocative text creates a tapestry of images in this stunning debut novel.  I easily lost myself within the pages and was always reluctant to return to the 'real' world. This epic novel isn't meant for a marathon read though, so I had to make the transition between centuries way too often. At 400+ pages you will want to take the time to savor every word. The historical detail is exquisite -- I swear Benton time traveled in order to draw on first hand accounts to lend authenticity to her story. :-)

My heart ached for Willa and a host of other characters. Prejudice is such a horrible blight in history no matter what the time period but I've always been touched by the treatment of Native peoples throughout North American history. I found Benton's portrayal of the People's dilemma to be a moving tribute.

A complex plot with plenty of twists and turns that left me gasping for breath along with a complicated romance made this a page-turning read. Burning Sky is just plain good! An exceptional book choice for historical lovers everywhere.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Burning Sky please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 10 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

32 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, I usually prefer shorter books, [to avoid neglecting my family ;)], but the cover and title alone hooked me. :) Thanks for the intro, Kav!

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  2. It's a fascinating story and so well done. I was jarred every time I was forced into reality. Your family will be neglected, Sandra. No two ways about it. Good luck!

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  3. I've been drooling over this cover for some time. It's just gorgeous and I've heard so many great things about the book. If I don't win I will buy it for sure. Thanks for sharing your thought, Kav, and for the chance to win. Blessings!
    mbaaij{at}hetnet{dot}nl

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  4. It's an exceptional cover, isn't it, Marian? Good luck!

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  5. I've only read great things about this book!

    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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    1. There are so many good things to say about this book it would take...well...a book! Good luck, lis!

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  6. no need to enter me, because I have already read it. But I wanted to say how wonderful this book was. Truly the best I read this year. Whoever wins will be thrilled! :)
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks for commenting Kathy. Amazing debut novel, eh? Such depth!

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  7. This was a great book! I was able to read it recently on vacation when I had some free time... I won a copy on her original release blog tour, so don't put my name in the drawing. Let someone else have the chance to win.
    I can't wait until Lori's new release next spring!
    Patty

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    1. Thanks Patty -- glad to hear you liked it as well.

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    2. And woohooo -- I didn't know that her next book was going to be out in the spring! So excited. I'll definitely preordered it instead of waiting until my bookstore gets it in. Thanks for the tip.

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  8. Sounds like one I'd like. Include me, please, Kav!

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    1. You are included, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  9. Beautiful cover and the story sounds like a great one to match. Please include me in the give-away!

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    1. Isn't the cover inviting? Good luck, Sonja!

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  10. Forgot my email. Sorry! Sonja.nishimoto (at) gmail (dot) com

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  11. I have heard that this one was good and your review convinced me even more!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's really, really, really good, Abbi. Good luck!

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  12. I would love to read this novel....thanks for the opportunity to do so, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome Karen. Good luck!

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  13. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book and I love your insightful review. BURNING SKY is certainly at the top of my wishlist! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. It deserves to be at the top, Britney. Good luck!

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  14. I have been reading about this book and it sounds very good. I enjoyed reading your review - makes me want to read it even more now! Please add me to your drawing Kav and thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of it. It is on my wishlist!!

    God's blessings,
    Lori
    triplel(at)evertek(dot)com

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    1. You're added, Lorlyn. Good luck!

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  15. Wow ... I love it when authors write a novel like this one. It makes it worth picking up each time to continue the story. Count me in on this one, but I will also put it on my list as a must read no matter what. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. It's a rewarding read. Good luck, Becky!

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  16. Your book sounds like a real "page turner" and one that would keep me up all night reading it.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I have heard so many good things about Lori's book, and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for this opportunity to win a copy!

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I can't believe it's a debut novel! Good luck!

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  18. I love the cover and the book sounds fascinating. I would love to be a winner.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. There's an air of mystery about this cover isn't there? It really beckons a reader to open the book. Good luck, Melanie.

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