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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,932 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Donati Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wilderness Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781415961964
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In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, award-winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast, untamed wilderness of late-eighteenth-century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family. Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nation’s past--and in the life of the spirited Bonners--as their oldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever. Masterfully told, this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient, adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century.

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--one Scots grandmother and one Mohawk--and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.

After a long night spent attending to a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain. She calls herself Selah Voyager, and she is looking for Curiosity Freeman--a former slave herself, one of the village’s wisest women and Elizabeth’s closest friend. The Bonners take Selah, desperately ill, to Lake in the Clouds to care for her, and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost ten years. The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge. For a bounty hunter is afoot--Hannah’s childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby.

While Elizabeth and Nathaniel undertake a treacherous journey through the endless forests to bring Selah to safety in the north, Hannah embarks on a very different journey to New-York City, with two goals: to learn the secrets of vaccination against smallpox, a disease that threatens Paradise, and to find out what she can about Liam’s immediate past and what caused him to change so drastically from the boy she once loved. The obstacles she faces as a woman and a Mohawk make her confront questions long avoided about her place in the world.

Those questions follow her back to Paradise, where she finds that the medical miracle she brings with her will not cure prejudice or superstition, nor can it solve the problem of slavery. No sooner have the Bonners begun to rebound from their losses--old and new--than they find themselves confronted by more than one old enemy in a battle that will test the strength of their love for one another. Hannah faces the decision she has always dreaded: will she make a life for herself in a white world, or among her mother’s people? Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 2/18/2014

    " Very good third book of the series about Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner and their various family members and friends. Easy reading, with lots of characters to sort through. But it does work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/17/2014

    " Once you start reading Sara Donati you have to keep on going. My sister and I would constantly check the shelves and web sites to see when the next book in this series was to come out. You feel like you become one of the members of the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaile | 2/16/2014

    " Third in the series of the Bonner family's life on the American frontier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 2/8/2014

    " Third in the "Wilderness" series, this book develops Hannah's story and introduces a runaway slave that is a most memorable character. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adelle | 2/6/2014

    " The best of the books in this series so far...I just loved Hannah's story. And I can't wait to see the kind of person Lily becomes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 2/2/2014

    " Couldn't wait to read next adbventure of the Bonner family. This one is eight years later, back in Paradise, with Jemimah causing much trouble for Hannah. Very wel done. Now ontothe next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 1/16/2014

    " Comfort reading Sara Donati while having a sick day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/10/2014

    " I was shocked that 8 years had gone by between book 2 and 3. Loved the winding story of Hannah's travels to becoming an adult and her time in new York city. The medical history of the small pox was fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelfm | 1/6/2014

    " Better than the second book, but enjoyment of this series seems to be based on suspension of disbelief. Still really solid hammock fare (obviously, since I keep on reading.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 12/30/2013

    " Keep expecting the next book not to be as good as the last. So far I have enjoyed the first three equally. On to #4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/13/2013

    " Sara Donati has done it again! She's written an absorbing new novel about characters we have come to know and care about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 12/13/2013

    " Re-read this book because I didn't have anything else. Still love the Bonner family and this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mickey | 12/7/2013

    " Another must read if you like the Into the Wilderness series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy Schmidt | 6/18/2013

    " The beginning of this book carried on the "always on an adventure" feel of the first two books of the series, but then became more focused on the character of Hannah and her coming of age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 5/5/2013

    " I can't stop reading these books, fascinating family and history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 4/4/2013

    " What can I say. This was a great book! Just started the 4th in the series. Hope it is just as good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aly | 3/25/2013

    " A good continuation of the Bonner family story... Loved getting to know Lily. Felt like it was a little broken apart the way the sections were done but each was still enjoyable. Clearly set up for the next installment of the series. Wanted more Liam Kirby though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Smathers weiler | 3/24/2013

    " Almost as great as book #1! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonja Mercer | 1/6/2013

    " More about our friends Daniel and Elizabeth in this, the third boom of the series. One for Donati fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 8/12/2012

    " another great read. I look forward to the next installment in the story. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/17/2012

    " Third in the historical fiction series:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keni Campbell | 5/7/2012

    " Ms. Donati continues to impress me with her strong female characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abi | 2/25/2012

    " Lovely story telling by Sara Donati. I love the way Hannah discovered her feelings and the never-ending simmering passion between Elizabeth and Nathaniel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Greenlee | 2/17/2012

    " Liked this book much better than the #2 wilderness series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 8/3/2011

    " I need to pace myself... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smileybuddha | 8/1/2011

    " Very Good. Keep me wanting more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 5/16/2011

    " This whole series is a great read. Not heavy - but so interesting, I read it too fast and am now back on the audio books of the series. Makes this period in history fascinating
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 3/30/2011

    " Third book I've read in this series.

    Good one. Children growing. Hannah practicing more medicine, eventually marries and moves West.

    Scarlet fever outbreak in the village. Slaves being moved thru the village on their way to Canada.

    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 3/4/2011

    " Loving it, her books have a lot of characters, but they are easy to keep track of. I went on the author's website and there is now a 6th book out! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 2/14/2011

    " Another great book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura (Tampa BookWorm) | 2/9/2011

    " Loved it! Now can't wait to get my hands on the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/26/2010

    " Not a lot of action but a great read about Slavery and New York City and Upstate New York and the gradual manmission act. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandmaking553 | 11/5/2010

    " very good love the way the author writes, she gets be laughing and crying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smileybuddha | 9/20/2010

    " Very Good. Keep me wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristina | 8/27/2010

    " um, the story's so great, but I can't give more than a 3 because of the some 5 seriously soft-core pages in the 1st part. So not necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 8/6/2010

    " While I enjoyed the continuing stories of the Bonners, I really thought the pace slowed with the plot of Hannah in NYC to learn vaccinations. I did enjoy the descriptions of NYC in that time period - so hard to imagine now! "

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About the Author
Author Sara Donati

Sara Donati, pen name of Rosina Lippi, is the internationally bestselling author of the Wilderness series, which includes Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore, Lake in the Clouds, Fire along the Sky, Queen of Swords, and The Endless Forest. The Gilded Hour follows the story of the descendants of the characters from the Wilderness series. She lives with her family and various pets in an area between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.