Starting with Book 1 through book 6, I couldn't stop reading the books. The series kept me interested and unable to sleep. Ending book 6 made me sad but I loved the way Mrs. Donati informed readers of each main character's passing. She shared information about the remaining family and residents of Paradise. I look forward to reading more books written by Mrs. Donations.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I wasn't sure she had anything great left to write about, but she did. This books ends the series and it left me longing for more. What I loved was that the epilogue did allow you to know what ended up happening to all the characters in the series. I felt like it wrapped things up for me, but I still felt a gigantic void in my life after I finished. I really missed these characters.
As with all of the Wilderness series I was caught and held captive by Sara Donati's amazing imagery with the written word. Her use of historic events, beautiful landscapes, lovingly developed storyline and relationships that are rich, complex and complete.
I've listened to each of the books in this series four or five times, at least twice a year, and will continue to do so. It doesn't matter if i start with the first book, skip to the last or begin in the middle the result is the same. I continue to laugh and cry with these characters and I'm moved by their circumstances and decisions.
Ms. Donati shakes your heart with devastating and precious realism. The historic situations of the times are painstakingly delivered. The plight and rich culture of both African and Native Americans as well as the pioneers, slavery and all of its horrors, and the honest look at the good and bad of each society.
I'm so sad to be at the end of this series. My thoughts an imaginings will never produce a satisfying continuation. If Ms. Danoti ever decides to bring these pictures back to life and continue this journey, I'll be the first to take the path with her whether by foot, ship, canoe, steamboat, wagon, sleigh, or raft.
it's a journey worth taking. you'll cherish the time you spend with these beloved characters
I would recommend this series to any one who liked "The Outlanders" series. My only negative is I could have done with less of the detail in the romance area but overall a very believable story line., I like books where you really feel like you know the characters and their history.
The last book in this amazing story was as addictive as its predecessors. I'm going to miss all of the characters and listening to their adventures in and out of the town of Paradise.
Sad to say goodbye to my new friends at Lake of the Clouds as I finish the last chapter. What a wonderful saga of the Bonner family. I'd recommend Sara Donati's series to anyone who appreciates a good yarn. I've seen others compare her work to Dianna Gabeldon. Not quite up to DG's abilities but definitely a good read. Looking forward to 'reading' more. Kate Reading is amazing!!! She has at least 100 people living inside her that each have their own voice.
I recommend this series for anyone who loves historical fiction and romance! I spaced reading each book months apart to make the story last and once this ending has sunken in I will re-read them, one right after the other. It's hard to leave this wonderful family and the world of Nathaniel and his "Boots"!
I really loved the story and the characters. It's one of my first romance novels and I'm sure it's mild comparatively, however I HATED to hear her say the F word!!! It took such a good story and made it hard for me to listen to.