…tread the early paths of the eighteenth century New York frontier, tugged between those who first called it home and new settlers?
…feel the pull of being caught between two worlds, belonging to both, yet neither?
…see through the eyes of people in a time and context far from our own—yet with lives, loves, and heartaches not so distant from ours?
The story takes us with Willa Obenchain as she returns to her family’s land after growing up among the Mohawk people—first as a captive, then becoming as family. Yet having lost all dear to her, she returns to the settlement of her birth to see if a new beginning is possible—or if that world has been lost to her as well.
Willa, her Mohawk brother Joseph Tames-His-Horse, and injured Scottish botanist Dr. Neil MacGregor quickly won my heart—as did orphaned young Owl and his sister Pine Bird—and kept me riveted by their trials and hard-won joys, while Lori’s reflective pacing and skillful word-crafting truly took me on an unforgettable journey to a time past.
Beyond the treat of a wonderful read, it has been such a blessing to connect with Lori Benton herself—such a lovely, gracious, unassuming lady. As we’re part of the same literary agency, I’ve been so encouraged to correspond with her a bit, a writer farther along the road than I, and learn of our shared heart for Native peoples and their often untold side of American history. You might enjoy reading her interview with another writer friend, Jennifer Major, here.