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!!!!
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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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.
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.
The last book in this amazing story was as addictive as its predecessors. I'm going to miss all of the characters and listening to their adventures in and out of the town of Paradise.
Sad to say goodbye to my new friends at Lake of the Clouds as I finish the last chapter. What a wonderful saga of the Bonner family. I'd recommend Sara Donati's series to anyone who appreciates a good yarn. I've seen others compare her work to Dianna Gabeldon. Not quite up to DG's abilities but definitely a good read. Looking forward to 'reading' more. Kate Reading is amazing!!! She has at least 100 people living inside her that each have their own voice.
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