“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.
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.”
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.
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
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?
And I put up a new pin on the Burning Sky board, it being Friday.
This weekend I’ll be heading up to a bakery in the mountains called Heaven On Earth (a bakery in the mountains… what ELSE would it be called???), to meet with a few fellow writers and pals for some fellowship and writer talk.
What are you up to this weekend?
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