Burning Sky is a haunting, moving and masterful story that poignantly captures the faith-fueled determination of a heartbroken woman who belongs neither in the land of her birth, nor with the tribe that adopted her. Beautifully written, with stunning emotional immediacy, the novel’s memorable characters, their struggles and triumphs, will linger in your heart for years to come.
Kidnapped by Mohawks 12 years ago, Willa Obenchain returns to her war-torn frontier hometown as Burning Sky. Instead of a loving homecoming, she finds her family’s land abandoned — except for a wounded man clinging to life. Willa only wants a place where she can mourn her dead Mohawk husband and children in solitude; she can’t allow herself to begin caring for Neil MacGregor, or the two half-Native orphans her Mohawk “brother” brings to her doorstep. But when she discovers her embittered childhood sweetheart denounced her parents as Tories in order to seize their forfeited farm, Willa must fight for her land — and for the new family that will make it a home. (WATERBROOK, Aug., 400 pp., $14.99)