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!!!!
This sixth novel of Sara Donati comes as something of a reward to those who have enjoyed the first five novels in the "wilderness" series. This doesn't mean that it isn't a stand alone novel, because it is. But readers of the first five will be rewarded by this story that ties up so many loose ends. It doesn't have the high drama of the earlier novels. That has no place in this novel which contains the expectations and hopes and fears of those who have come to like the series. Highly recommended, although I would recommend the other five be read in order first. And make no mistake. This is the last novel in the 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.
I got lost in this book. It feels like you are sitting beside these women listening to their lives. Thank you for such a wonderful series.
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!
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.
One of the best - top ten
The story of Daniel and Martha
She is a great reader. Each character is perfectly defined by her accents and inflections. Loved her
I listened to the whole series in just over a week. It was a wonderful story with great characters and real adventures. This genre was never a choice for me before but I was hooked quickly and hated to see it end. This final book was a good ending - but I did have a few lingering questions - perhaps another hour or so would have been able to tie up Ethan's character, or Lily and Simon's story. Or perhaps another few books.....Otherwise, it didn't seem to rush. After listening to all the stories, you are left missing the characters and their stories when it ends. A truly wonderful saga.
You get lost in the characters' lives and each character's reactions and complexities are believable. You become part of their lives seamlessly.
She is spot on with the voices. She moves from one character to the next making them distinct voices without distracting the reader.
Listen to it. Then listen to the rest of the series. You will cry at the end.
A wonderful conclusion to a series of books I really enjoyed. I re-read the entire series before reading the last book. I am sorry to see it end.
I can understand how some reviews mentioned the ening was rushed. But, after reading/listening to the ending, if it wasn't done this way it would have taken another 4 books. Just sorry the series ended.
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