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
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.
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
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.
I love historical novels because they allow me to possibly see the past through possible scenarios, bringing our history to life The story is read well and keeps you wanting to hear what is going to happen next. I am off to hear the next book in the series now to find out more about Hannah, as the story has drifted more to her point of view.
Avid reader... oops, LISTENER
I have come to know the Bonner family as well as i know Jamie and Clair. The history is well researched and the story is binding, the only thing being wrong with that is how quickly I ran through the book!
Full of happiness & heartache. Once again, pulled into the lives of the characters. I only wish it was longer to answer all my questions.
I have only listened to the book so far - I will see if I can find the print edition at the Library this weekend.
Hannah Bonner. I am so impressed by the dignity and bearing of this "half-breed" woman, living on the American frontier at a time when nearly everyone was first assessed, and then judged, immediately and at a glance solely by the color of their skin, and not the content of their character. In the same way that Star Trek in the 60's allowed the writers, directors and actors then to explore the stupidity and harsh ugliness of prejudice and blind hatred without naming them directly, so does this series of stories encourage one to examine and directly experience clearly how the prejudice of present day has it's roots in the prejudice of old.
Curiosity. So plain spoken, direct and truthful. I think Kate Reading is a FABULOUS performer - She does many different accents and male and female voices all perfectly believably.
Many many moments - the experience of being a slave: perhaps choosing to attempt the run north to the potential of freedom, despite the hardship, and the fear of being caught and dragged back to beatings, brandings, or outright murder. The experience of the political rape and utter decimation of the Native American populations as their ancestral lands are ripped away from them and claimed by the arriving white Europeans with their attitude: "We can TAKE these lands, because nobody OWNS them." And when disease breaks out in the village during the warmer weather, the pure, unbridled terror of the inhabitants, as people get knocked over without warning like ninepins.
The books in the "Into the Wilderness" series have much of the same richness of detail and complexity that is what Diana Gabaldon's books are famous for. However, it seems to me that the "romance" part of the story takes more of a backseat in Sara Donati's books (which is perfectly fine with me). And the tension that in Gabaldon's books is experienced because one or more of the character's is "out of their proper time" is expressed in Donati's books by one or more of the characters being "out of their proper class". It's an interesting difference.These are books that I enjoy, with characters I like (the nice ones, that it!!!) and from whom I can learn. I can disappear into these books, and really FEEL what it was like to LIVE in these places, in these times, the good and the bad.
Im coming off the Outlander 'high' and this was a great transition--not quite the quality of Outlander but very close
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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