Wilderness

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 11,366 ratings

Into the Wilderness Publisher's Summary

Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate listeners from the start.  

When Elizabeth Middleton, 29 years old and unmarried, leaves her Aunt Merriweather's comfortable English estate to join her father and brother in the remote mountain village of Paradise on the edge of the New York wilderness, she does so with a strong will and an unwavering purpose: to teach school.

It is December of 1792 when she arrives in a cold climate unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man different from any she has ever encountered - a white man dressed like a Native American, tall and lean and unsettling in his blunt honesty. He is Nathaniel Bonner, also known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives.

Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village - white, black, and Native American - Elizabeth soon finds herself at odds with local slave owners. Much to her surprise, she clashes with her own father as well. Financially strapped, Judge Middleton has plans for his daughter - betrothal to local doctor Richard Todd. An alliance with Todd could extract her father from ruin but would call into question the ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where Nathaniel, his father, and a small group of Native Americans live and hunt.

As Judge Middleton brings pressure to bear against his daughter, she is faced with a choice between compliance and deception, a flight into the forest, and a desire that will bend her hard will to compromise and transformation.

Elizabeth's ultimate destiny, here in the heart of the wilderness, lies in the odyssey to come: trials of faith and flesh, and passion born amid Nathaniel's own secrets and divided soul.

©2009 Sara Donati (P)2009 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • Into the Wilderness

    • A Novel
    • By: Sara Donati
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 30 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the start.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful surprise

    • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

    Regular price: $55.93

  • Book 2

    • Dawn on a Distant Shore

    • By: Sara Donati
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685

    Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, Nathaniel learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father in Montreal, Nathaniel himself is imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as a spy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great great great

    • By I like to shop on 05-10-16

    Regular price: $47.93

  • Book 3

    • Lake in the Clouds

    • By: Sara Donati
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,466
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460

    It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah's half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth's school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great installment

    • By I like to shop on 06-10-16

    Regular price: $51.93

  • Book 4

    • Fire Along the Sky

    • By: Sara Donati
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,297
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

    With epic sweep and breathtaking adventure, Sara Donati's best-selling saga of an Early American family's struggle for survival in the Northeast wilderness continues with the story of an indomitable woman and an unforgettable journey of redemption across a young nation threatened by the flames of war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unparalleled performance

    • By Kathryn on 08-28-13

    Regular price: $55.93

  • Book 5

    • Queen of Swords

    • A Novel
    • By: Sara Donati
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,290
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

    It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke's wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet's rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they'd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke's son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this series

    • By Linda on 09-21-07

    Regular price: $43.93

  • Book 6

    • The Endless Forest

    • A Novel
    • By: Sara Donati
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,454
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,242
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Only one Regret

    • By MickeyMarie on 02-16-14

    Regular price: $47.93