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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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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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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!!!!

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Love this series of abooks

Hated for this series to end, really enjoyed it from the first book to the last. Highly recommend

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A Satisfying Ending

This series has been a pleasure to listen to. I have gotten to know a big, bustling, and loving family. These characters will stay with me for a long time.

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<br /><br />Loved It!

This last book of the series' "Epilogue" will be very satisfying to some and very sad to others. Yet, one will enjoy the book as I did.

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Good series for Outlander fan needing a read

I am a fan of the Outlander series and when I read through all of Diana Gabaldon's books I started this series. While it is not quite as rich the Outlander series, it is a great, historically minded set of books that draw you into the characters' lives and adventures in early America. It is not a time traveling novel and it is not as good as the Outlander books. It did, however, give me something to enjoy while waiting for the next Diana Gabaldon book. It is best to try to enjoy it for what it is and not compare to to the Outlander books. It doesn't quite reach that level of depth and attachment to characters that a reader develops with Gabaldon's books.
That said, I have read all of this books in this series and enjoyed them very much. The narration is good and the characters are colorful. Through the series you will get to know several generations of the families, go on their grand adventures and enjoy learning a lot about life in the last 1700's and early 1800's.

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I loved this series of books

I spent many hours listening to this series of books and have enjoyed every minute of it. I was sad when the story ended but felt it ended well.

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I LOVE THE INTO THE WILDERNESS SERIES!!!!

I cannot relisten to it too many times!! Love Elizabeth & Nathaniel to pieces! Not to mention the rest of the family!

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beautiful story

I will miss the Bonner family. each character came alive on the page and I feel as if I know them personally!!

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Great ending.

The Endless Forest was a perfect ending to all the characters of Into the Wilderness.