The year is 1812, and Hannah Bonner has returned to her family's mountain cabin in Paradise. But Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner can see that Hannah is not the same woman as when she left. For their daughter has come home without her husband and without her son, and with a story of loss and tragedy that she can't bear to tell. Yet as Hannah resumes her duties as a gifted healer among the sick and needy, she finds that she is also slowly healing herself. Little does she realize that she is about to be called away to face her greatest challenge ever.
As autumn approaches, news of the latest conflict with Britain finds the young men of Paradise, including eighteen-year-old Daniel Bonner, eager to take up arms. Against their better judgment, Nathaniel and Elizabeth must let him go, just as they must let his twin sister, Lily, a stubborn beauty, pursue her independence in Montreal.
But on the eve of the War of 1812, an unexpected guest arrives from Scotland: It is the Bonners' distant cousin, the newly widowed Jennet Scott of Carryckcastle. Far from home, Lily and Jennet will each learn the price of pursuing their dreams and the possibility of true love.
But it's Hannah herself who must risk everything once more, this time to save Daniel, who's been taken prisoner by the British.
As the distant thunder of war threatens Paradise, Hannah may learn to live - and maybe love - again in one final act of courage, duty, and sacrifice.
©2004 Sara Donati; (P)2009 Random House
"This is an episodic but entertaining novel held together by the kind of family loyalties that defy cruelty, war and even fate itself." (Publishers Weekly
This story is so captivating- I simply cannot stop listening. Both the writing and narration by Kate reading are magnificent! You will not be disappointed .
Right up there with the Diana Gabaldon series.
I think Kate Reading is one of the most talented audio book performers I have ever listened to. She does voices and accents, male and female. Just amazingly talented.
loved the story the way it kept rolling along and just have to keep on listening. The narrator Kate Reading is marvelous and I love the series. Sarah is just brilliant with her storyline I keep listening and can't wait to read the next book. Thank you so much for such an enjoyable listen
This is one of the few series that I feel actually continues to get better and better. I really enjoyed this book, perhaps even more than the previous 3. I can't wait to keep going!
I really wanted to like this story about women in the 1800s. I listened to the whole thing. It was just not very well-written though. The author doesn't explain what the characters are doing, it just skips around erratically. They're on a mountain, then they're suddenly in a followers camp. Suddenly one of them is married. Suddenly one of them is injured. Suddenly one of them is back from the war. People in this book just pop in and out like phantoms.
Some authors can manage a huge cast deftly, giving each one a personality with strengths and flaws and humor and feelings. This author gives each one a name, but that's about it. We never learn much about them, except that some of the women have a "temper" which causes them to throw things and act childish. Even the temperamental ones are hard to keep track of. That's how bland they are. There is no drama. No humor.
It just seems like the author would have been better off writing something that was supposed to be boring and dry, maybe instruction manuals for refrigerators.
Oh how I love her writings. her stories just suck u in from beginning to end. the reader is awesome! !! everyone should read her books. so clean N wholesome.
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