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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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Slow and boring

Listen until chapter 9 then deleted. Slow and boring....don't waste your time on this title.

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So much of an audio book is dependent on the reader. I have listened to all six (I think six) books in the Wilderness series. Ms. Reading’s performance and the sound mixing are by far better than other audio books to which I have listened.

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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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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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Loved the characters could do without the f-word.

I really loved the story and the characters. It's one of my first romance novels and I'm sure it's mild comparatively, however I HATED to hear her say the F word!!! It took such a good story and made it hard for me to listen to.

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A Bit Weak

Story was tortured, and not in a good way. The worst part for me was the narration when the narrator tried to affect an English accent for Elizabeth, a main character. It was terrible. I cringed each time, like someone trying too hard in a school play.

I wouldn't recommend this book because it didn't seem polished or edited well. And I'm sorry to say this because I can say it was a brave effort.

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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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On the fence

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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