With a master storyteller's skill and a historian's precision, Sara Donati has delighted readers and critics alike with her best-selling novels of the 19th-century New York frontier. Now she brings us The Endless Forest, set in the remote village of Paradise, where the Bonner family that readers first met in Into the Wilderness make their home.
The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it's also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.
In the sudden peace that follows the storm, as families struggle to rebuild, childhood friends Martha and Daniel, Lily's twin brother, suddenly begin to see each other in a new light. But their growing bond is threatened when Martha's mother arrives back in Paradise a decade after abandoning her daughter. Jemima Southern is a dangerous schemer who has destroyed more than one family, and her anger touches everyone, as do her secrets. Has Jemima come to claim her daughter or does she have something else in mind? Whatever happens, Martha and Daniel and all the Bonners must stand united against the threats to both heart and home.
Painful secrets and hidden sorrows, joy, heartbreak, and passion follow the Bonners through a season of change and renewal. A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance in a fascinating place and time, The Endless Forest will be remembered long after the last page is turned.
©2010 Sara Donati; (P)2010 Random House
About time! I have been waiting for this since Queen Of Swords ... and it was well worth the wait. Sara wraped this series up very nicely.
While I will truly miss NEW adventures of the Bonner family and Paradise .... Their story will be with me always since I am positive I will re-read and/or re-listen often. THANK YOU Sara for sharing this wonder family with us. And THANK YOU Kate for breathing true life into each character thru your reading. BRAVO!!!!
My only regret upon finishing this book is that it is the end of one of the most outstanding series I have read or listened to. I have read reviews of people who said it is not as good as Outlander. I disagree. I have listened to all the Outlander books and loved them, and I've listened to all of this series and in my opinion this series was the better of the two.
This series expanded the family and built a cast of characters more realistic and enjoyable than those in the Outlander series.
Ms Reading's narration throughout the series was outstanding, and having such a good narrator for every book made the journey smooth, while the change of narrators in the Outlander series was often jarring.
The bottom line is that Ms Donati has written a wonderful series that takes the reader on a 34 year journey through some of the most deadly years of the American frontier with a family who stands strong together throughout the journey, and Ms Reading's dramatic narration with almost perfect accents of all the varied characters brings it to life for the listener.
The entire six books of this series is an investment well worth the credits.
I will be listening to it again very soon.
I love this series by Sara Donati almost as much as outlander. This book, however, was my least favorite because of the child, Birdie. Her character was so annoying that I almost didn't finish the book. I guess the author was going for precocious but all I could think was if this was my child I would teach her to have some respect for other people and quit whining and that the whole world does NOT revolve around her! Ridiculous and ruined the book for me.
I have been a member of Audible since 2000 and have listened to some memorable books and this is the first review I've ever written. I just finished The Endless Forest, the last installment of this series and was totally swept away with the story and the characters from the first novel through the last. Ms Donati did an outstanding job!
Yes I read the Outlander series and loved it but I have to say I enjoyed this series more and will listen to many times again in the future.
if you liked Dr Quinn medicine women tv show. you will like this series. granted Elizabeth one of the main characters was not a medicine women. but she did come to the frontier as a women of wealth. and learned how to adapt to the struggles of the mountain. I have to say may favorite character was curiosity. I always smiled when her parts were read. while listening to this series I would try to imagine my town the way it would have been back in the 1800's. my back yard would have been considered the endless forrest. so it was easy for me to picture what they were describing. lovely series and the narrative portion was perfect.
Starting with Book 1 through book 6, I couldn't stop reading the books. The series kept me interested and unable to sleep. Ending book 6 made me sad but I loved the way Mrs. Donati informed readers of each main character's passing. She shared information about the remaining family and residents of Paradise. I look forward to reading more books written by Mrs. Donations.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I wasn't sure she had anything great left to write about, but she did. This books ends the series and it left me longing for more. What I loved was that the epilogue did allow you to know what ended up happening to all the characters in the series. I felt like it wrapped things up for me, but I still felt a gigantic void in my life after I finished. I really missed these characters.
As with all of the Wilderness series I was caught and held captive by Sara Donati's amazing imagery with the written word. Her use of historic events, beautiful landscapes, lovingly developed storyline and relationships that are rich, complex and complete.
I've listened to each of the books in this series four or five times, at least twice a year, and will continue to do so. It doesn't matter if i start with the first book, skip to the last or begin in the middle the result is the same. I continue to laugh and cry with these characters and I'm moved by their circumstances and decisions.
Ms. Donati shakes your heart with devastating and precious realism. The historic situations of the times are painstakingly delivered. The plight and rich culture of both African and Native Americans as well as the pioneers, slavery and all of its horrors, and the honest look at the good and bad of each society.
I'm so sad to be at the end of this series. My thoughts an imaginings will never produce a satisfying continuation. If Ms. Danoti ever decides to bring these pictures back to life and continue this journey, I'll be the first to take the path with her whether by foot, ship, canoe, steamboat, wagon, sleigh, or raft.
it's a journey worth taking. you'll cherish the time you spend with these beloved characters
I would recommend this series to any one who liked "The Outlanders" series. My only negative is I could have done with less of the detail in the romance area but overall a very believable story line., I like books where you really feel like you know the characters and their history.
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