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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 01-24-11
    Arno 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
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    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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    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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    Joni Island Park, New York, United States 04-22-15
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    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!

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    Full of happiness & heartache. Once again, pulled into the lives of the characters. I only wish it was longer to answer all my questions.

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    Excellent continuing story . Keep it up with this family's story best wishes from DR in Victoria BC Canada February 2015

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    NoorReader 01-31-15
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lake in the Clouds to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the book so far - I will see if I can find the print edition at the Library this weekend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Danielle Kalamazoo, MI, United States 10-02-14
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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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    Carol Farmersburg, in, United States 10-19-13
    Carol Farmersburg, in, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2012
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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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