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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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    Jeannie 05-15-17
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    "to walk with the banners great story"

    I listened to all these series for about 5 times each time has been an experience that I am interested in keep going back to the truly enjoyed Helen Reddy's narrating these books as I think she is one of the best narrator l ever heard , a true pleasure hearing these books I wish there were many more like thank you

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    Sarah 05-10-17
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    "You are going to want all of her work"

    It has it all. History. Adventure. Romance. But best to start at the beginning. Accents of reader top notch.

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    Tyconda Cooper 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best series"

    This is the best series I've listened to I think ever. The author really has a way of bring you into the book. I could not wait till the next night to listen to another couple hours. This series would make an excellent Netflix production.

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    J9 Sirrom 04-12-17
    J9 Sirrom 04-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Still good, but not quite as good as the others"
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    I'm not sure what it was, but I didn't like this one as much. Perhaps I wasn't quite as into the main romance of this book, or I didn't like how yet another 10 years had suddenly gone by. I still liked it, and liked how the details of all the characters got wrapped up. Obviously if you have made it this far it is a must read.

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    toni hughes 02-08-17
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    "Fantastic narration"

    I've listened to every novel in this series. I still find it difficult believing only one person narrates these stories. She fills the role of each character in a way that gives you a vivid picture of each.

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    Tammie Hanebuth 02-02-17
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    "Sorry it's over"

    This was the last book of a very wonderful series. The family comes full circle to face the challenges of previous years when Jamima comes back to town. As close knit families face adversity, the Bonner crowd stick together and survive yet one more difficulty to emerge triumphant once again. This story, from start to finish will warm your heart and give you a feel good glow.

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    Sherri 10-31-16
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    "Excellent historical novel series"

    If you enjoy novels that have serveral books in a series, you must read Sara Donati.

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