When Elizabeth Middleton, 29 years old and unmarried, leaves her Aunt Merriweather's comfortable English estate to join her father and brother in the remote mountain village of Paradise on the edge of the New York wilderness, she does so with a strong will and an unwavering purpose: to teach school.
It is December of 1792 when she arrives in a cold climate unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man different from any she has ever encountered - a white man dressed like a Native American, tall and lean and unsettling in his blunt honesty. He is Nathaniel Bonner, also known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives.
Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village - white, black, and Native American - Elizabeth soon finds herself at odds with local slave owners. Much to her surprise, she clashes with her own father as well. Financially strapped, Judge Middleton has plans for his daughter - betrothal to local doctor Richard Todd. An alliance with Todd could extract her father from ruin but would call into question the ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where Nathaniel, his father, and a small group of Native Americans live and hunt.
As Judge Middleton brings pressure to bear against his daughter, she is faced with a choice between compliance and deception, a flight into the forest, and a desire that will bend her hard will to compromise and transformation.
Elizabeth's ultimate destiny, here in the heart of the wilderness, lies in the odyssey to come: trials of faith and flesh, and passion born amid Nathaniel's own secrets and divided soul..
©2009 Sara Donati; (P)2009 Random House
"My favorite kind of book is the sort you live in, rather than read. Into the Wilderness is one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place. I can think of no better adventure than to explore the wilderness in the company of such engaging and independent lovers as Elizabeth and her Nathaniel." (Diana Gabaldon)
"Each time you open a book you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise." (Amanda Quick)
A great romance and adventure story with plenty of plot twists. As I read the pages, I felt like I stepped into the story and was apart of the adventure. The story really ties you emotionally to the people and their struggle with a new way of life, bigotry, and cruelty. Along with their love for each other and their families, and the challenges they face living on the frontier. This series pulls you in to a time where just living was a challenge. You will get addicted to this book and every book in the series, they get better and better.
Started the audiobook upon my departure to my vacation spot 5 hours away. Listened in the apartment, at the grocers, on the beach, during daily bike rides, just could not put it down. Wasn't even tempted to go shopping, just wanted to hear this story! Saved tons of money! I didn't even watch TV. Great book! Just downloaded the second audiobook in this series! Well written, extremely well read!
This book is excellent. The narrator is the best I've ever heard. She pronounces Indian words, does Irish brogue and male and female voices with convincing assurance. It's impressive. The Irish "Robbie" is not a main character in this book, but the way she brought him to life makes me hope we meet him again in this series.
...A good book. This is a good start to the series. A little slow in starting but worth the wait. I was so surprised by the "Outlook Series reference", by D. Gabaldon ,in the story line. I would recommend this book to anyone.
The down side is that this is 2 credit/book and The Outlook series is only 1 credit/book( an excellent series in the same style.) Both worth the time as they are both long books and in a series. If this was 1 credit I would definitely finish this series. As I did the "Outland series." At 2 credits I have to think about it as it uses up my monthly amount and I can read it in a few days
I love the characters and the wonderful story begun in this book. I've continued to listen to every book in the series and haven't been bored yet. Can't wait for the last book!
But best of all, I've discovered Kate Reading - she is absolutely the best Narrator I've come across. Her voices are always consistent and her accents for different nationalities & dialects are perfection. She quickly switches back and forth in conversations between characters without a bobble. I will search for more books with her narrating. You won't be sorry if you do the same.
I read in the description that this book was similar to the Outlander series, and the first book was good, not great, but good. Then I bought the second thinking maybe it will be better, OH HOW WRONG I WAS! The second book was just bad, hard to believe and I had to try very hard to get through it. I do not recommend this series, and if your buying it because you loved outlander, dont expect Jamie and Claire, the characters are lacking, and 2 dimensional, and kinda wimpy and whiny.
This story is magnificent. Truly a wonderful read.
when not listening I could not get the story out of my mind. Kate Reading is truly the best narrator I've heard she puts you directly in the story as if you were there with Nathaniel and Elizabeth. I was truly SWEPT AWAY...can't wait to get into book two.
This series, INTO THE WILDERNESS, DAWN ON A DISTANT SHORE and LAKE IN THE CLOUDS is one of those sagas you'll never forget. As memorable as Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series the books are well written with loveable characters that you miss when the story is over. Every woman will fall in love with Nathaniel and it's great to see a heroine with such strength of character. I will read these again soon and recommend to everyone I know. The narrator is one of the best I have ever listened to. The series continues so here is hoping there will be more installments soon!
...but not worth 2 credits, especially the ones that follow.
Obvious borrowing is really distracting, from the Gabaldon series (the hanging scene in a later book in the series and names from Cooper and Gabaldon) and details that are interesting but don't add to the story (like including Burns as exciseman and poet but not AT ALL necessary to the plot) are distracting.
It's like an historical epic that might be better abridged than unabridged. It lacks the wit and complexity of Gabaldon's Outlander series, but it has adventures on sea and land, and it is--for the most part--historically accurate.
I admit, I stopped listening to the author's notes at the end, so it is possible that the factual/timeline errors are addressed.
That said, I did listen to them all and I enjoyed them; yet I'm sorry I paid two credits for the rest after listening to the first novel; not because I begrudge the credits, I love audio books and would happily pay two credits for many of the audiobooks I have purchased, but not this series.
I'm about halfway through this book and can't sing its praises enough. The character and plot development pull one in, and the narrator is a delight! I agree that Ms. Reading is equally convincing as male or female with Mohawk, English, American or Scots accents.
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