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Though Elizabeth has no intention to marry, she is immediately drawn, not to Richard, but to backwoodsman Nathaniel Bonner, son of Dan'l "Hawkeye" Bonner, hero of the James Fenimore Cooper classic. Nathaniel's connection to the Mohican (Mahican) people is a strong one; he considers Hawkeye's adoptive father, Chingachgook, his grandfather, and his own wife was a Mahican woman who died in childbirth several years earlier.
Elizabeth learns from her father that her inheritance is a part of his lands, a mountain known as Hidden Wolf, to be granted to her when she marries. She soon finds herself caught between Nathaniel and the Mahicans, who want to buy back the mountain from her father as part of their hunting grounds, and Richard, who wants the land for himself and sees Elizabeth as the route to it. Her father, fearful that the sale of Hidden Wolf to the Mahicans will bring more Indians back to Paradise, favors Richard.
Knowing Richard's main interest in her is her land, Elizabeth resists his attentions as she gets to know Nathaniel and his people. The backwoodsmen and their Indian friends accept her and respect her opinions, and she soon finds herself siding with their claim to Hidden Wolf. Meanwhile, the attraction between her and Nathaniel grows into a love that only adds to the conflict between the whites and the Indians.
Into the Wilderness is an intelligent and beautifully written historical novel that draws the reader into another world. Elizabeth and Nathaniel are well-rounded and intelligent characters, and the secondary characters are also strong, three-dimensional, and often entertainingly quirky. Although the book is long--nearly 700 words--tight pacing makes it an entertaining read. Fans of Diana Gabaldon will want to watch for a cameo appearance by one of the characters of Gabaldon's stunning Outlander series. --Lisa Wanttaja --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I loved this first book. It was very exciting, with an awesome love story set in my favorite time period. It does not drag on like Outlander. Read morePublished 2 days ago by joann maio
It's going on a year since I read this book, about Elizabeth and Nathaniel, and I am still thinking about it. STILL thinking! Read morePublished 2 days ago by J. Nelson
Very interesting book, It was hard to put it down!! Loved it I am now reading "on distant shore" the second in the seriesPublished 5 days ago by C. Patterson
This is one of the best semi-historical novel series I have ever read. The series ranks up there with Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Caren FitzSimmons
As a Diana Gabaldon "Outlander" fan, I heard about this series by Sara Donati, a friend of Diana's. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Debra A. King
Predictable. .... was disappointed altho there were some good chapters and interesting detailsPublished 13 days ago by lovealpacas
I enjoyed this book very much. Felt as I was there with them often during their extreme difficulties, but as the book drew to a close, I was growing weary of TOO many trials and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by S. Palin
Really enjoy Sara Donati especially after reading Outlander and Lord John Series .Quick moving snd very enjoyable.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer