- File Size: 2804 KB
- Print Length: 898 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00413QAJM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Each time you open a book you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise."—Amanda Quick
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 alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This day I was looking for a good book to read just for some fun and escape. Wilderness caught my attention first because of the sunny yellow cover and the fact that it was a nice fat paperback, which is like finding gold if the story is good. Unfortunately, most book lovers have had to learn the hard way that heft isn't always a indicator that the story within is wonderful, but I was willing to give it a chance. I had also read the book, and then later watched, and watched again, the film version of Last of the Mohicans, so the tie-ins to that original story and those characters intrigued me and I bought this novel and started reading that very evening. I didn't sleep that first night because the book was so good I just couldn't bring myself to put it down!! I immediately felt like I was there in Paradise with all the characters. The author wove a spell with her words, that's really the only way I can describe it. I felt the cold and heat of the seasons changing in the town of Paradise, and saw the landscape around me green and rolling, unmarred by the industry and pollution of modern times.
It was a wonderful escape, this book. I was so thrilled by it that I convinced both of my two sisters, my small circle of friends and many of my work colleagues to read it too. Those closest to me borrowed my paperback copy and it quickly began to fall apart, so as soon as the cover fell off I ordered the hardcover from Amazon. Thank goodness I did because I seriously re-read this book EVERY SINGLE YEAR. I write the month and date of each read inside the front cover to keep track of how many times I've read it, for my own enjoyment, and also to remind me of that first spectacular read when the story was completely new to me and every page was exciting because it opened up more of that incredible world to me.
I went on to read all the books in Donati's Wilderness series, as well as the few other novels she's since written. I have them all in hardcover now too on the one bookshelf where I keep only my most beloved books, but Into the Wilderness will always be my favorite because it was the book that started the journey. I'll forever be grateful that someone as talented as the author invested herself in that endeavor in order to give us the gift of this amazing story.
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What is nice is that a character from Diana's books has intermingled with Sara's book. Jamie's nephew, who also married a woman from the Kahnyen'kehaka tribe.
Hoping the 2nd book in the series will arrive before I finish the 1st book.