Monday, October 14, 2013

Under A Blackberry Moon by Serena B. Miller

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721183

This book is also available as an e-book.

Just a few days after she gives birth alone in the Northwoods, a recently widowed young Ojibwe woman stumbles into a nearby lumber camp in search of refuge and sustenance. Come summer, the camp owner sends Skypilot, his most trusted friend, to accompany Moon Song and her baby on the long and treacherous journey back to her people. But when tragedy strikes off the shore of Michigan's Upper Peninsula wilderness, Moon Song and Skypilot must depend on each other for survival. With every step they take into the forbidding woods, they are drawn closer together, until the tough questions must be asked. Will she leave her culture to enter his? Will he leave his world to enter hers? Or will they walk away from a love that seems too complicated to last?

With evocative descriptions of a breathtaking landscape, Under a Blackberry Moon will sweep readers into a wild realm where beauty masks danger and only the truly courageous survive, even as the sweet love story along the way tightly grips their hearts.

My take on this book:
I enjoy reading historical fiction and when I learn that the story has historical truths woven in it really brings the story to life for me. "Under a Blackberry Moon" is the story of Moon Song and Skypilot. Moonsong was married to a white man and lived far from her tribe, when her husband dies she finds herself with a new baby alone, she finds her way to a logging camp where they take care of her, and when she decides to return home to her family it's Isaac Ross also known as Skypilot who decides to see her safely home. When something happens and they find themselves traipsing thru the wilderness will they be able to survive, and what about the feeling that are developing, is there any chance that love could work between them?

A riveting story where not only the characters come to life but the scenery as well. It was easy to imagine the difficulties that the characters faced. They characters were easy to connect with and Moon Song especially was someone that I found myself drawn to. The historical aspects of the story were very well done, the author brings to light the plight of Native Americans during this time period. Overall, I was drawn to the book because of the pretty cover but what I found inside was a historical story that was a bit unique because it revolved around a Native American heroine. An adventure to be certain, where the ending was sort of like I expected but still made for a satisfying read.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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