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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Under a Blackberry Moon...Review

About the book:
Which wilderness is more treacherous--the one she must cross to find her home . . . or the one she must traverse to find love?

Just a few days after she gave birth alone in the northwoods, a recently widowed young Chippewa woman stumbled into a nearby lumber camp in search of refuge from the winter snows. Come summer, it is clear that Moon Song cannot stay among the rough-and-tumble world of white lumbermen, and so the camp owner sends Skypilot, his most trusted friend, to accompany her on the long and treacherous journey back to her people.

But when tragedy strikes off the shore of Lake Superior, 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 it seems the unanswerable questions must be asked. Can she leave her culture to enter his? Can he leave his world to enter hers? Or will they simply walk away from a love that seems too complicated to last?

Get swept into a wild realm where beauty masks danger and only the truly courageous survive in a story that will grip your heart and your imagination.

After giving birth alone, Moon Song finds her way into Robert Foster's lumber camp.  There she is allowed to stay and recover, learning English and making friends.  After spending the winter there, however, Moon Song knows she wants to return to her people.  Skypilot, one of Robert's closest friends, volunteers to travel with her and her baby to make sure they arrive safely. The journey is arduous and more than once they find themselves in circumstances that force them into survival mode.  Moon Song's abilities to live off the land are what sustain them as they journey northward and with every step, Skypilot finds himself falling in love with her.  Moon Song realizes that she loves Skypilot, but is reluctant to give him her heart. She assumes that like all the white men she has known, he will tire of her and leave.  Skypilot knows that once he has her love, he would never leave, but convincing Moon Song and her people of that fact, is difficult.

I adored everything about The Measure of Katie Calloway and one reason was Serena's supporting cast of characters. Skypilot and Moon Song captured my heart then and I was thrilled to see that they have their own book.  While the novel stands alone, I recommend reading Katie Calloway first.  And like Katie, this is one story I will reread.   The story is filled with romance and adventure and heartwarming surprises.

Thanks to Lanette of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Serena B. Miller here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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5/5 Stars

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