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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,861 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: November 2006 ISBN: 9781415934173
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It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke’s wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet’s rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they’d hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke’s son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.

To claim the child, Hannah, Luke, and Jennet must journey first to Pensacola. There they learn a great deal about the family that has the baby. The Poiterins are a very rich, very powerful Creole family, totally without scruple. The matriarch of the family has left Pensacola for New Orleans and taken the child she now claims as her great-grandson with her.

New Orleans is a city on the brink of war, a city where prejudice thrives and where Hannah, half Mohawk, must tread softly. Careful plans are made as the Bonners set out to find and reclaim young Nathaniel Bonner. Plans that go terribly awry, isolating them from each other in a dangerous city at the worst of times.

Sure that all is lost, and sick unto death, Hannah finds herself in the care of a family and a friend from her past, Dr. Paul de Guise Savard dit Saint-d’Uzet. It is Dr. Savard and his wife who save Hannah’s life, but Dr. Savard’s half brother who offers her real hope. Jean-Benoit Savard, the great-grandson of French settlers, slaves, and Choctaw and Seminole Indians, is the one man who knows the city well enough to engineer the miracle that will reunite the Bonners and send them home to Lake in the Clouds. With Ben Savard’s guidance, allies are drawn from every segment of New Orleans’s population and from Andrew Jackson’s army, now pouring into the city in preparation for what will be the last major battle of the War of 1812.


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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dilys | 2/19/2014

    " Too heavy going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/12/2014

    " a good, solid, historical novel with plenty of romance and adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Ridolfo Hoog | 2/2/2014

    " This book explores Hannah and the misery she went through after leaving Lake in the Clouds. I have always enjoyed her character and was pleased to have an opportunity to read about her journey. I enjoyed this book almost as much as the first in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geri | 1/31/2014

    " Loved it. I'm almost sorry to start the last one. I don't want it to end :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clmk | 1/29/2014

    " A good one - although I miss the NY setting. New Orleans and the islands didn't seem as realistic - but I don't know if that is more me or Donati. I am glad that Hannah finally found someone I thought was her equal. I'm a little bit frustrated at what Jennet went through because it seemed it was mostly for the sake of the story. There were a few loose threads that I wished had been better tied up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/27/2014

    " I enjoyed this book overall, but not as much as the others in this series. I was able to put it down and take my time reading it, whereas with 1-4 I was hooked from the moment I picked it up. The story continues to follow the Bonner family, mostly Luke, Jennett and Hannah though this one. Luke and Hannah set off to find Jennett. There is a lot of focus on the southern setting and culture, as well as the war between British and Americans. If you're following the series, I recommend it. I'm anxious to start Endless Forests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 1/22/2014

    " love the title! anxious to find out what jennet is trying to communicate with the tarot cards! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/19/2014

    " I really got into this Wilderness series. I look forward to a continuance, though I typically hate romantic themed novels, this one was categorized as historical fiction, so that was the angle I was reading into. The love/sex part was just a nice reprieve...LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/19/2014

    " Was slightly disappointed that the book centered on Hannah, Luke and Jennet and basically ignored everyone else, but 100 pages in I really started to enjoy it. And I LOVED Ben Savard and seeing Dr. Paul Savard again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this very much. I see that she plans on writing another is this series which I was pleased to see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerelyn | 1/17/2014

    " I have been listening to this whole series these last weeks it is a wonderful series, and it was nice to listen to it after reading it several years ago. I found myself wanting more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha-lynn | 1/12/2014

    " This is a fast paced, multi layered, well developed plot. I love the development of the characters of Hannah and Jennet...This series starts out at a simmer and develops into a rolling boil. This is my favorite so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/30/2013

    " Sorry to see this series end :( This book was great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn S | 12/26/2013

    " Not as good as I thought it would be. I found it really dragged in some parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 12/18/2013

    " Good book! Set mostly in New Orleans and had some more new characters, but they were easy to keep track of. I LOVE these books! Only one more left in this series :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/10/2013

    " Love reading about this time period! The characters jump off the page and this is an incredible writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather (Let's-Go-Pens-We're-Gonna-Take-This-One) | 11/28/2013

    " Another hit by Donati. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 8/25/2013

    " This is the 5th book in a series. It was really good and I learned a few things about the war of 1812 and the battle of New Orleans. I can't wait for the 6th and last book to hear more about the characters back in Paradise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melyssa Williams | 7/19/2013

    " my least favorite of this series0 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn F. | 6/20/2013

    " This is mostly Hannah and Jean-Benoit's story, which is very romantic. I love them as a couple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/6/2013

    " I hope Sara Donati writes more books like these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee Williams | 1/18/2013

    " My favorite of the series...so much action and I loved Hannah and Ben's love story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/12/2012

    " this one had a little to much war scenes in it for me,but am ancious to read the last book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/24/2012

    " weakest in the storyline thus far, but not bad overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 7/16/2012

    " following fast on the heals of Fire in the Sky If you read the first you must read the second!!! Great action and familiar folks!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaile | 7/7/2012

    " Fifth in the series of the Saga of the Bonner family on the American frontier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meno-gal | 4/25/2012

    " Must proceed to the next book but will hate when the journey is over. Really don't want to part with these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 8/16/2011

    " It took awhile to get comfortable with the characters and keep them straight, but well into the book, I found I could not put it down. Hannah and Jennet and their escapades keep one entranced. Another good read by Donati!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 5/12/2011

    " Loved the change of venue and the insight into the Native American complications to racial tensions in the old South. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/8/2011

    " I really liked this book. It was set in New Orleans during the War of 1812. It put in a lot of history with a great story. I really want to read the rest of these books. Thanks for the recommendation, Meg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 4/6/2011

    " Good book! Set mostly in New Orleans and had some more new characters, but they were easy to keep track of. I LOVE these books! Only one more left in this series :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nickie | 3/24/2011

    " Great book. One of the best in the series. I could not put it down. =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/15/2011

    " This book explores Hannah and the misery she went through after leaving Lake in the Clouds. I have always enjoyed her character and was pleased to have an opportunity to read about her journey. I enjoyed this book almost as much as the first in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/4/2011

    " following fast on the heals of Fire in the Sky If you read the first you must read the second!!! Great action and familiar folks!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/31/2010

    " I enjoyed the picture of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and, as always, loved Donati's characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 11/22/2010

    " This book was much slower than the others in the series. I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the series, but I just felt that it wasn't as exciting. Didn't hold my attention as much as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/19/2010

    " didn't like this one as much as the others.... it was good, but based in New Orleans and that just doesn't trip my trigger as much as the others, still worth reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 10/25/2010

    " Not bad, but definitely my least favorite of the series. "

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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 more than thirty 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.