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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 2015
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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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    Cynthia Shaulis 07-22-10 Member Since 2014
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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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 02-16-14
    MickeyMarie 02-16-14

    I read so I can write

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    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.

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    Gwen Barber 07-20-15
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    "brilliant"

    love this series, what a great author and narrator, I just had to keep listening,as good as the outlander series. Could not stop listening, thank you to Sarah and Kate for making my life so much more exciting

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    Karen L. Schmid 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    I will be reading this again. loved audio books what a great way to engage my grandkids.

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    Ruta 05-06-15
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    "Great ending to a series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, Sara Donati is an amazing story teller. Keeps you engaged until the end.


    What other book might you compare The Endless Forest to and why?

    I draw parallel to the Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great narrator !


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    Jeannie 03-15-15
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    "Loved the whole series."

    Great ending to a great series. Kudos to the author for tying together the whole series in such a way. Well done!

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    C. Howard 02-16-15
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    "Amazing Series!!!!"

    This book and EVERY book in this series is amazing. If you love the Outlander series you WILL love this one too. The narration was beautiful and right on. Just one word of warning... when you listen to the prolog at the end of this book get a tissue. I fell in love with these characters and I'm sad the series ended... but it had a great ending.

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    "this was a awesome books."

    this was a great book i really hate to see.the series end .would love to see lives of hanna and be and the grand kids

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    Meachele D. Manchester 02-02-15

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    "A glorious end to a wonderful series!"

    I will miss the Bonners and their extended clan. Thank Sara Donati for these wonderful stories of family and the ties that bind.

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