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The Endless Forest Audiobook

The Endless Forest

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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 2016
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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!!!!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 02-16-14
    MickeyMarie Narnia 02-16-14 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Cynthia Shaulis 07-22-10 Member Since 2014
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    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.

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    Ann E. Stanton 08-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Out of all the series, The Endless Forest, has the most whit and humor."

    I loved the entire series. Thank you Sara Donati for such wonderful rich characters. 30 + years ago I fell in love with Hawkeye and Cora, then you introduced us to their son and to my delight you were even able to mention Claire and Jamie Frasier. What am I to read next?

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    Amazon Customer 08-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    I have enjoyed the whole series. it is worth your time to listen to them all.

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    GKT 08-19-17
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    "By far the best!"

    I have enjoyed this series, and will add it to my "must read" recommendations to friends. This last book is by far the best, as the story continues, and the loose ends are tied. There are several laugh out loud/guffaw moments, and other than "Gone with the Wind," it's the only book that I recall having cried through the last 30 minutes. (How embarrassing to have been caught thus by my husband!) Invest in this series. You won't regret the time spent with the Bonner family at Lake in the Clouds.

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    paula wright 07-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I learned so much interesting history Keep my interest for all the books in this saga"

    I have really enjoyed this wilderness series. I have learned so much about history geography customs of white black and Indians people and how it's possible to co-exist. The story of battle of New Orleans and that towns history was well laid out Historical fiction is my favorite genre I will continue to seek this author out and the narrator the best






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    Linda P. Johnson San Jose, CA USA 07-24-17
    Linda P. Johnson San Jose, CA USA 07-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "amazing series"

    What an amazing series, but stop before the epilog, you will thank me not to read that end. If you insist have tissues near by.

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    "Great series!!!"

    This was a great series and I was sorry to see it end. Well written and perfectly preformed.

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    Rosemary Henson 06-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Whole collection"

    This collection from Sara Dontai, is outstanding, I read all the books and listened to the audio Version as well, if this could only be made in mini Series, I fell in love with all the characters, thank you Sara, I had traveled back in time with you, what a Beautiful journey. On this day written in my own hand, Rosemary Henson also none by her people as Rose.

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