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The Endless Forest

A Novel
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Series: Wilderness, Book 6
Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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  • 01-22-10

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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Excellent series!

I am sad to have this series end. I truly enjoyed every book and I loved how the characters evolved throughout the series. I highly recommended it!

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It's over?!

I want more! These characters are so well written and the story so engrossing that I almost feel bereft at losing them to the end of the story. I could listen to Kate Reading as the Bonner clan until the end of my days. Love it so much!

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An amazing journey

An excellent series. I hated to see it end. I adore these characters that will live with me forever.

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Touched

Thank you for this wonderful epic tale. I cried, laughed and cried some more. You filled my days. Took me away to fat away places. Thank you again.

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Sad to say goodbye!

I loved this series and the characters. Reaching the end of the series is my only complaint with this book. The author tied a lovely ribbon around each storyline, which I appreciate even if I don't like where every character was placed. Regardless, a wonderful listening experience.

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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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What a series!!

I was so disappointed that this was the last book in the series, but it did not disappoint. Well done.
I listened to all 5 books in record time and enjoyed every one and the series.
I am now a Sara Donati fan.