Friday, October 11, 2013

Under a Blackberry Moon

Title:  Under a Blackberry Moon
Author:  Serena B. Miller
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Revell
Under a Blackberry Moon is a work of historical fiction that will reach beyond the words and touch the heart of the reader.  One aspect of historical fiction that makes the story rich is the research the author does to include facts uncovered while preparing to tell a tale.  Sometimes in the reading for preparation of the novel change can occur in the characters, plot, and even changes in the direction of the story.
Serena B. Miller writes a novel placed in the 1700s-1800s about a particular Native American tribe, with the main character from that tribe being Moon Song.  Moon Song is the daughter of an eastern magnate and her mother was a Chippewa Indian.  During one harsh winter shortly after Moon Song gives birth, she walks into a lumber camp weak and malnourished with her baby boy.  As time goes on, Moon Song develops friendships with white people from the camp who care for her, love her and help her return to her village very far away.
Skypilot was born with the name Isaac and used to live in the South prior to the Civil War.  Isaac was a minister who was engaged, but life for him went to pieces when he took a stand against slavery.  With his faith and life in shambles, he works at the lumber camp when Moon Song arrives.  Now, the season for logging is on break for a few months, so he eagerly volunteers to make sure Moon Song gets back home safely.  From here on out the story begins to take off and suspense fills the pages as the adventure to take her Moon Song home runs into unexpected obstacles.  The adventure includes surviving a steam ship trip gone awry; a visit from a wolf pack and finding out just much one person can endure. 
One of the themes in the novel is learning to love selflessly, which sounds easy, but is not.  Will Moon Song ever understand or embrace the “white man’s” religion when her past holds such brokenness?  How is Isaac ever going to be an example of Christian love when he cannot know the life and ways of the Chippewa?  There are many other colorful characters in the story that will enrich readers’ minds and occasionally cause burst out loud laughing.  I loved this book as it reminded me of what selfless love really is and how it can be lived out before others who are watching us even if we aren’t aware.
My rating is 5 stars!
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