Burning Sky is an exceptional first novel by its author, Lori Benton. It’s historical Christian fiction just as the genre should be. Set in America’s northeast just after the Revolutionary War, Burning Sky tells the story of a young woman forcibly taken from one home only to have her new home destroyed by violence and disease. When she returns to her original home, she finds her parents’ cabin abandoned. She also finds a wounded man dying on their property. She must nurse him back to health as she struggles to make a new place for herself in a somewhat hostile environment.
Though she trusts no one else, Willa Obenchain, called Burning Sky by the Mohawks who adopted her, clings to the God she loves. In one of the most beautiful passages of the book, she realizes that, though everything she loves has been destroyed, if she’s still breathing, God still must have a purpose for her life. Her challenge is to find that purpose with God’s faithful guidance. The whole book is a testimony to what God is able to do when people offer Him faith like that.
I loved reading this story and am happy to recommend it to you. Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers sent a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
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