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The Endless Forest | [Sara Donati]

The Endless Forest

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 01-22-10
    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 01-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Well Worth The Wait"

    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!!!!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 02-16-14
    MickeyMarie Narnia 02-16-14 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Only one Regret"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Shaulis 07-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book! Amazing Narrator!"

    Kate Reading has to be one of the most talented narrators around. I could listen to her all day, and have! I've been a fan of the wilderness series for years, and love this book and thought the ending was good for such an amazing series. I'm really sad to see it end, though! The only thing I can find fault with, and that drove me nuts the whole book, was the "Birdie" character. I kept wanting to spank her--really annoying. Nobody would or should treat a 10 year old child like this or give her this much attention when there's a whole clan of kids! I realize the author was using her to tell parts of the story, but I'd rather she'd done it with an adult character--this drove me nuts! Otherwise, awesome series!

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    PattiC2 maine 05-07-14
    PattiC2 maine 05-07-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Superb book"

    I loved this book by Sara Donati. The entire series is excellent. A well done historical novel series. Early America, is trials, it's tribulations, it's successes, it's people. A heart warming story of one extended family.

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    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 05-05-14
    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Series"

    This was a brilliant series. well written and magnificently read. The ending especially moved me as I got very melancholy and teary eyed. I definitely recommend this entire series.

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    Linda Yakima, Wa, United States 12-29-10
    Linda Yakima, Wa, United States 12-29-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Brilliant series"

    I have been a fan of this series for years, it is one of my favorite of all time. I think Sara Donati did a wonderful job ending this series, it was perfect. Ms. Donati is so talented, I hope she will do an new series sometime. Kate Reading is by far my favorite narrator, so the combination is the best. If you have never read this series I highly recommend it, you will not be dissappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Fairfax, VA, United States 05-04-10
    Elizabeth Fairfax, VA, United States 05-04-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Sara Donati is brilliant!"

    I must say I am a huge fan of Sara Donati's Into the Wilderness series and this final book did not disappoint. She has an amazing way of incorporating multiple charachters with their varying stories, and not losing the close weave of the story. I feel a little hearbroken that the story has come to an end. I appreciate the epilogue as I was not left hungering for information about these characters that I feel close to, although it brought tears to my eyes. Kate Reading is a master. You don't feel as though someone is reading a story. A different, disctinct and realistic voice for each charachter whether male, female, young or old. A true delight. I will gladly listen to the entire series again and know I will not grow tired of it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Tyrone, PA, United States 03-24-10
    Ginger Tyrone, PA, United States 03-24-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Couldn't help but listen"

    I LOVED THIS SERIES! However, this last book seemed like a desperate attempt to finish all the stories began and left me feeling disappointed in the story telling. I probably still wouldn't pass up the chance to listen, as I was so in love with the characters from previous books and I enjoy the narrator. To be honest though, it was a let down.

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    Donna Cazenovia, NY, United States 03-04-10
    Donna Cazenovia, NY, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Spellbinding Read"

    Thank you for bringing the Saga of the Bonner family to this point. Living in Central NY, The Rich history of this area has always fascinated me. I appreciate the way Ms.Donati weaves History and Fiction into such a beautiful story of Life and Struggles and Triumphs. I'm Sure James Fenimore Cooper would approve.
    This Book, as the whole series, left me wanting more. I look forward to more books by Ms. Donati.

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    Patricia EFFORT, PA, United States 07-28-12
    Patricia EFFORT, PA, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the best books I have ever read."
    What made the experience of listening to The Endless Forest the most enjoyable?

    You get lost in the characters' lives and each character's reactions and complexities are believable. You become part of their lives seamlessly.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    She is spot on with the voices. She moves from one character to the next making them distinct voices without distracting the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it. Then listen to the rest of the series. You will cry at the end.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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