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    Sara Donati(Author)

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A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance from bestselling author Sara Donati
 
In the spring of 1824, in the remote village of Paradise on the New York frontier, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner celebrate a glorious reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners’ ward, from Manhattan. In the peace that follows a devastating flood, 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 estranged mother arrives back in Paradise. 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 other, darker motives? Whatever transpires, Martha, Daniel, and all the Bonners must stand united against the threats to both heart and home.

“Magnificent . . . [a] sweeping saga . . . highly recommended.”—The Historical Novels Review“A splendidly drawn cast of characters.”—The Seattle Times   “Graceful, sweeping.”—Publishers Weekly Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi, a former academic and tenured university professor. Since 2000 she has been writing fiction full-time, haunting the intersection where history and storytelling meet, wallowing in nineteenth-century newspapers, magazines, street maps, and academic historical research. She is the internationally bestselling author of the Wilderness series (Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore, Lake in the Clouds, Fire Along the Sky, Queen of Swords, and The Endless Forest) as well as The Gilded Hour, the first in a new series following the descendants of characters from the Wilderness series. She lives between the Cascades and Puget Sound with her husband, daughter, Jimmy Dean (a Havanese), and Max and Bella (the cats).

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  • PDF | 640 pages
  • Sara Donati(Author)
  • Bantam; Reprint edition (January 25, 2011)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By S. Hines on May 24, 2010

    I'm sorry to Ms. Lippi/Donati, as i have enjoyed the whole series up to this one. And I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it by any means.The whole book seemed to consist of people moving from one house to another, up or down the mountain, all to avoid Jemima Southern, vilified almost to the point of being a demon.Elizabeth devolved into a worry wart who did nothing but obsess about her children, Nathanial became a caricature of himself, Lily was nothing but a fixture (seemingly placed in bed with a complicated pregnancy because the author had nothing else to do with her), etc. I could list more examples. I realize the story focused on Daniel, Martha, Callie, Ethan and Jemima mostly, but the other characters were barely present in any sort of interesting way. To me, the most interesting part of the story were the newspaper entries at the end of the book that neatly summarized what happened to the main characters.And to be a real nitpicker: Did the endless references to "the little people" (aka the small children and grandchildren) drive anyone else batty?All in all, I'm glad I read the book as I don't like to leave things unfinished. I'm sorry I paid $20 for it; I wish I would have waited for a used copy.

  • By Seabreeze on January 26, 2010

    The last installment of the story of the Bonner family was an emotional and satisfying conclusion to this wonderful series. It opens with a prologue narrated by one of my favorite characters and just gets better.It is 1823 and we are brought up to date on what has happened with Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner and their children, spouses and grandchildren since the last book, which ended in 1815. As with any large family, there are joys, problems, challenges and sorrows.Overseeing all this is Elizabeth, Nathaniel, and of course, Curiosity. The youngest Bonner, Birdie, is a delight to read. She reminds me a little of Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird. The only adult Bonner offspring not married is Daniel, who tends to keep to himself because of a painful war wound that has not healed. Martha Wilde has returned to Paradise with problems of her own, but it is not long before Daniel takes a new interest in his surroundings, namely Martha. When Martha's mother, Jemima, comes back to Paradise and wants to see Martha, the Bonners "circle the wagons" for her. Jemima left Paradise under a cloud of suspicion and animosity. She also left her daughter and step-daughter, Callie, behind. Callie is also beset by problems. Problems that effect her relationship with just about everyone, but especially her stepsister. The root of these problems is Jemima, Martha's mother.There were also times of joy and amusement, like the Bonner family Sunday dinners, Birdie's take on events happening to her family and her endurance of the little people. Nicholas. I especially enjoyed the description of the Mohawk dances, first with the men and then with the men and women.I felt this was a book of closure, not only for the series, but for Martha, Callie and Jemima. All of these women were marked by life's circumstances and it was how they handled these circumstances that determined their fate and their legacies. The closure continued with the epilogue, which brought tears to my eyes at certain points. This was a wonderful ending to a wonderful series.

  • By L. Swink on March 1, 2010

    Having waited so long for the final chapter in this series I was very let down in the reading. In all her books there was excitement and adventure throughout. Her storytelling was exciting because her characters were real and well thought out. You could believe they existed. Having finished the Endless Forrest I am left with the feeling that Ms. Donati was simply bored with it all, wanted to get it done and go on to something else. If she had simply stopped at the last chapter, and left out the epilogue, we as readers could have at least been satisfied with knowing the characters would live on in our memories... but she didn't.WARNING - SPOILER HERE: It is hard to have invested so much time and interest in the well fleshed characters of her previous books in the series, only to have them die one after another in the last pages. There reader is given no time to recover from the loss. Simply put it was a disappointing read.


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