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Lake in the Clouds | [Sara Donati]

Lake in the Clouds

It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah's half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth's school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.
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Publisher's Summary

In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, award-winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast, untamed wilderness of late-18th-century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family. Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nation's past - and in the life of the spirited Bonners - as their oldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever. Masterfully told, this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient, adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century.

It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah's half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth's school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides - one Scots grandmother and one Mohawk - and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.

After a long night spent attending to a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain. She calls herself Selah Voyager, and she is looking for Curiosity Freeman - a former slave herself, one of the village's wisest women and Elizabeth's closest friend. The Bonners take Selah, desperately ill, to Lake in the Clouds to care for her, and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost 10 years. The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge. For a bounty hunter is afoot - Hannah's childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby.

©2003 Sara Donati; (P)2009 Random House

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    Arno norfork, AR, United States 01-24-11
    Arno norfork, AR, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Love the book but Audible's prices are too high."

    I am listening to this series and I love it. I'm very frustrated that Audible's "member price" is still on average $10 higher than Barnes and Noble. I have emailed them about the huge difference in cost to it's members but have gotten no reply. I am looking forward to Fire Across the Sky but again - will I pay $10 more or use TWO credits - probably not.

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    "Brings story together"

    This is the 3rd book of the series and Im so glad that I listened to it. It fully brings all the family back together as all the characters of the previous books are blended in. I almost felt like
    a member of the community. I've learned to appreciate that time period in history and what life was really like for all involved from these
    books.
    I'm not sure I'll purchase the next 2 books for
    taking my 2 credits for so many months has limited
    my variety of choices. I felt this book had a good enough ending for me to imagine their futures
    and feel satisfied without running the series in the ground.

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    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 04-22-14
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    This book was not as good as the others in the series. Even so it's better than most other books plus the narrator keeps me coming back.

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    Koren thorold, ON, Canada 02-05-14
    Koren thorold, ON, Canada 02-05-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Who is Robbie?"
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    I am sure I missed something, can someone please tell me where Hannah's half brother Robbie came from please? I've been looking around online, and no one else seems to be asking this question, so I've obviously missed it! Please help me out, it is driving me crazy!!I am enjoying this series for sure, but this Robbie character has thrown me for a loop!! Please help!! LOL!!

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    "Nice romance"
    Where does Lake in the Clouds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you enjoy old fashioned romance this book is for you.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The relationship with the two main characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Not really.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sweeping romance


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    Kay ATTICA, IN, United States 11-12-12
    Kay ATTICA, IN, United States 11-12-12
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    "Always a great storyteller....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lake in the Clouds to be better than the print version?

    They are of different reader focus so I don't believe they can be compared as 'better' than the other; one allows you to wander through the story at your own pace, picking it up and putting it down as you desire.........the audio brings you along at the book reader's pace. When reading you imagine your own intonation of each character. I always purchase both; I read the book and then listen to the audio version. It gives a true understanding of the details.....alters some of what I imagined and clarifies others. They have different uses; when I am too tired to read or perhaps am driving, I will utilize the audio. When I want to curl up and read, I choose the written book. If you are a Sara Donati fan and love her rich attention to detail and her unexpected line of adding history to the journey(or adding her journey to the history), both venues will be equally intriguing to the reader/listener.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lake in the Clouds?

    Much like Harry Potter, as you move through the next story written by Donati, they increasing get a little 'darker' and stressful; less 'sweet' and more dangerous. At times, I choose her books to relax......but some of them are more stressful. This one builds on the stress and is less 'joyful' in its moments. "Memorable" dones't equate with "favorite"; but when Selah chooses the life of her newborn and all of those attempting to save her by slipping over the side of the boat and drowning herself........'feeling' that choice was very difficult but indeed "memorable".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Attempting to choose a 'favorite' scene in any of Donati's books is very dificult! They work to and with each other and you develope an admiration for each part that each individual plays......I admire the deepth of family that seems much more open and 'pure' in it's commitment in this book than what we encounter in so many families today......so the 'favorite' scene for me is the consistancy of the times the family shows commitment and specific meeting of the needs of the children without any selfishness on the part of the adults. Where they adjust to the needs of each of their children at the point of their development, not at the convenience of the adults. This 'scene' is consistant through the entire book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lake in the Clouds and why?

    In this particular book you meet people you will not see moving on with you into the other books; Selah stands out as one such rich and honorable woman. She not only fears for her life but that of the baby she carries.....she does what she must to survive to bring this child into the world; no 'oh, not today, my back hurts' but whatever is needed she fights for to give this chance of life, with or without her in that life. Making the ultimately painful most desparate option any woman could ever have to face.........her body sore and yet joyful at birthing this beautiful child, she nurses and holds him as long as she possible can.........and then leaves him safely in the arms of someone who will see to his baby needs and his life goals as she takes her own life in a most horrible scene of alluded suffering.....She is my hero in this book.


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    Randolph DeRidder, LA, United States 11-02-11
    Randolph DeRidder, LA, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent follow-up book"
    What did you love best about Lake in the Clouds?

    The book has great characters and is well read. I do not like the price. It is too expensive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly liked the way Elizabeth's dog reappeared after so long.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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