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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Books on tape (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1415903328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1415903322
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,012,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi. She lives with her husband, daughter, and various pets in an area between the Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound.

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And to anyone who loves excellent historical fiction.
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I will be starting tonight on Into the Wilderness, and going through the entire series, while waiting for the next book.
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I have had a hard time putting this down to get work done and as I'm almost done, I hope the next book is the same!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ms Winston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2004
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In 1998 Sara Donati published "Into the Wilderness," the first in this family saga set in post-Revoluntary War upstate New York. "Into the Wilderness" received excellent reviews from Booklist and Kirkus Reviews, and was embraced by readers of historical romances and historical novels. Books two and three of the series were somewhat disappointing, but in the fourth book of the series Donati has returned to her "Wilderness" roots. This is one of the few novels that I know that is set during the War of 1812, and while the author admits to having taken some liberties with the military aspects of the war, Donati has done her research.

Lily, the daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, is the focus of "Fire," although cousin Jennet from Scotland, and Hannah (Nathaniel's daughter from his first marriage to an Indian woman) are not shortchanged. Lily has been hiding a secret, or so she believes: she thinks she is in love with a man married to a childhood friend, yet she finds herself attracted to Simon Ballentyne, the business partner of her half-brother Luke. Jennet has arrived unannounced from Scotland, hoping to marry Luke, who is reluctant to commit due to the war. And Hannah returns from the west without her husband or her child, a dispassionate shadow of her former self. The fates of some familiar characters from past books are resolved (including those of Richard Todd and Liam Kirby), while I have the feeling that evil Jemima Southern Kuick will turn up once again like a bad penny in a future installment.

Donati has a knack of being able to handle a laundry-list of characters without ever confusing the reader as to their identity. Each character is an individual and some are little gems of individuality, such as Cornelius Bump.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Merri Fefles on September 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit I was not that excited about this book--I loved Into the Wilderness, and liked #2 and #3 (although the third volume was better than Dawn on a Distant Shore), but this just blew me away! I couldn't put it down--I had the same feeling when I first read Into the Wilderness, a book I have read and re-read dozens of times.

I think Donati has revitalized this series, and I must say that I find the newer characters (especially Lily and Simon) very believable and just as engaging as Elizabeth and Nathaniel. I have always been a Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series) fan, and I still love her stories, but I think she tends to overdramatize her hero and make him into an unbelievable superman (Jamie Fraser's been on the verge of death 500 times).

Donati's Nathaniel, however, has aged, he doesn't run around taking on the world like he used to (he didn't run off to Montreal), and is a much more believable character than Gabaldon's Jamie Fraser. I think I have become even more enthusiastic for this series than the Outlander series and cannot wait for the next installment.

Yes, I agree with the other reviews--you definitely need to read the first three to truly appreciate it--but that is the same of almost every series.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Really... a 4.5 review, but I rounded up for the stars. This is a fun 'escapism' read - not too thick on history or romance, and delightfully thin on military action.

I don't typically think of myself as a fan of romantic historical fiction - bodice ripping or 'fair maiden meets warrior' sorts of books - but occasionally I find books that have more meat to them than what one thinks of in this genre.

As a fan of Diana Gabaldon (particularly the first 3), I was pleased to find Sara Donati's series. Into the Wilderness (her first) caught my attention so much that I simply went out and bought the remaining three published thus far. Dawn on a Distant Shore and Lake in the Clouds were somewhat disappointing, and I began Fire Along the Sky out of a sense of obligation. What I discovered is that Donati gave up attempts to write 'action' and returned to her romance roots. The result was a much more satisfying book.

While lean on historical accuracies, this book delivers if you are looking for an entertaining story with some sexual tension and interesting characters. It is simply a very enjoyable read - nothing more. Just fun!

The drawbacks are that the story does build upon events from books One through Three, and readers will be far better informed if they've read the series in order than if they attempt to pick up here. Over the years Elizabeth Bonner's character has become slightly annoying, and Curiosity Freeman is practically a cliche. I missed Nathaniel Bonner as well; he's a bit too far in the background in this book.

That said, the characters of Lily Bonner and her cousin Jennet Carryck are more interesting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on September 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This series keeps getting better for me. I'll stay away from the plot to spare anyone spoilers. This book covers the growth of the Bonner children during the War of 1812; less so that of their collective parents. Caution: you will be completely lost if you start the series here - in my opinion this book is NOT a stand alone. My only criticism is that the cover art isn't relative to the story this book tells. Why do publishers do this???
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