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10.12.2013

Under a Blackberry Moon ~ Review

Under a Blackberry Moon
By Serena B. Miller

Under a Blackberry Moon is an intriguing title and the book is as intriguing and captivating as the name that graces its cover.  This is Moon Song's journey - a journey to discover her heart and a journey to rediscover herself.

Bay City, Michigan is no place for a woman.  And a woman who is also an Indian is in even greater danger when the lumber camps emptied for the summer.  The only place left for Moon Song is home - a journey of great distance and hundreds of miles that would take her across the state and through the forested wilderness.

But Moon Song's friends refuse to let her make this dangerous journey on her own.  So Skypilot accompanies her and her nine month old son aboard a steamship.  But something goes terribly wrong and soon they are fighting for their survival in the very wilderness that her friends wanted her to avoid.  But a greater danger than the wilderness is lurking - the danger of a heart falling in love.

Moon Song can't fall in love with a white man.  In Moon Song's experience white men always leave behind the Indian woman whose heart they've captured.   And Skypilot is sure to break her heart just as her father broke her mother's heart and her own.

With her heart, her family, and her way of life at risk Moon Song is faced with a choice - a choice that could forever change her and all she holds dear.  Sometimes the truths that we think we know are only half truths. Truths that are only one side of the whole and Under a Blackberry Moon is Moon Song and Skypilot's journey to discover the whole truth and their hearts.

Under a Blackberry Moon is a lovely book that looks at the issues that faced a people whose world was changing around them whether they wanted it to or not.  Seen through the eyes of those who were being forced into being who they were not, this is book you won't forget!

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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

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.