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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5 4.60 (35 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: January 2010 ISBN: 9781415966167
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With a master storyteller's skill and a historian's precision, Sara Donati has delighted readers and critics alike with her best-selling novels of the 19th-century New York frontier. Now she brings us The Endless Forest, set in the remote village of Paradise, where the Bonner family that readers first met in Into the Wilderness make their home.

The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it's also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.

In the sudden peace that follows the storm, as families struggle to rebuild, 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 mother arrives back in Paradise a decade after abandoning her daughter. 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 something else in mind? Whatever happens, Martha and Daniel and all the Bonners must stand united against the threats to both heart and home.

Painful secrets and hidden sorrows, joy, heartbreak, and passion follow the Bonners through a season of change and renewal. A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance in a fascinating place and time,The Endless Forest will be remembered long after the last page is turned.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Magnificent . . . [a] sweeping saga . . . highly recommended. The Historical Novels Review
  • A splendidly drawn cast of characters. The Seattle Times
     
  • Graceful, sweeping. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Montgomery | 2/2/2014

    " A fantastic books series.. a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/14/2014

    " The End of a Saga: well worth the read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 1/13/2014

    " Like Diana Gabaldon's books on founding the American nation, Sara's books are all ranked five stars by me, very adventurous and gripping, and I am always sorry when my read is finished and the characters recede into no-man's land. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 1/13/2014

    " This was a great ending to a great series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndi | 1/13/2014

    " Loved this series, so sad that it's finished. All the loose ends were tied up and they all lived happily ever after...until the epilogue, which was probably realistic in that time period, but only made me sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meno-gal | 1/9/2014

    " So sad this journey is over. Loved these characters! (Not thrilled with the "ultimate" ending but understand why the author went there. "

  • 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) | 12/31/2013

    " I would have picked 5 stars for this book if the ending hadn't have ripped my heart right out of my chest. Contrary to popular belief, I do not appreciate sobbing myself to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 12/28/2013

    " What a way to end the series. Appreciated that even though the story ended, the author included information about her characters futures in the form of newspaper articles..very creative and satisfying to a reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glissbliss | 12/26/2013

    " This book is the last one in the Wilderness Series. Tear! Author uses newsapaper clippings at the end of the book to let us see what happens to many of the characters over the next several years and decades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 12/15/2013

    " Loved this book...loved this series. I just wish it did not have to end. The characters are wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 11/14/2013

    " This was a wonderful series! I was so sad to see it all end and the last few pages had me in tears, but it was a great ride from beginning to end. If you liked the Outlander series and enjoyed Little House on the Prairie books, you will fall in love with the Bonner family. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Heist | 5/1/2013

    " was a great 4 book series I loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 4/23/2013

    " This was a good book to finish the series. Donati did not rush through any part and each character had a conclusion to their story. Great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina | 3/21/2013

    " sad that the bonner story is over. so good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/26/2013

    " This was a very satisfying, well written story. I will miss the adventures of the Bonner family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Morrissey o'meara | 11/29/2012

    " Love this series. I think it was finished well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/19/2012

    " The scene setting and storyline carried you along into a diffrent time zone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Lynn Holland | 6/11/2012

    " I loved this book and found myself in tears at the end. I am sad that this is the last book in her series and I loved them all and you really felt like you knew the characters after reading about them for so long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca Rahey | 6/3/2012

    " I'm so glad I decided to pick these books up again -they remain some of my favorite books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 6/1/2012

    " I'm sorry this series has ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 5/15/2012

    " Sad to finish this series; I often dreamed about the characters when I first started reading it. This is only the third book I've ever read that actually made me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 3/10/2012

    " Loved this series, not sure I liked how it ended, but it was different and all loose ends were tied up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/15/2011

    " Finally got to the end of this long family saga. Loved every one of the books. I'm sorry the story has come to an end, but it was done well. I'm not disappointed. I'd recommend this set of 6 books to anyone interested in historical fiction. A story well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle Druskin | 10/19/2011

    " I enjoyed this series immensely although some books more than others. Nevertheless, with Endless Forest, Sara Donati closes the door on characters we have gotten to know well over 6 books. "

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

    " Sorry to leave this wonderful family...but it is spring and I have to get to work outside! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 3/20/2011

    " I absolutely loved tyhis series, and was actually really sad when i finished this book cause i didn't want the adventure to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/10/2011

    " I loved this series, and really hated to read the last book. It was great, and I recommend this series to anyone who enjoyed the Outlander series. It is very similar, but I actually think I may have enjoyed the Wilderness series even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/19/2011

    " This novel was the perfect ending to the series. Beautifully written, historically told and I just plain loved it! I will miss this family and all the side characters too, but I have a feeling they will stay with me in my heart and mind for a long time to come! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/19/2011

    " An immensely enjoyable finish to an excellent series. Thanks for tying up loose ends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle | 2/8/2011

    " I enjoyed this series immensely although some books more than others. Nevertheless, with Endless Forest, Sara Donati closes the door on characters we have gotten to know well over 6 books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 1/31/2011

    " Apparently I forgot to add this when I actually read it last year. Donati finished the series with panache. I loved this book, just like all the others, and was pleased with the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/27/2011

    " The End of a Saga: well worth the read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/12/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this historical fiction novel. It had a lot of different characters to keep straight, and the story was interwoven well. I'm sure I'll try out more of Donati's work.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/8/2011

    " What a wonderful series. The epilogue...oh my...I thought I was going to need grief counseling. I felt like I was losing dear beloved friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/2/2011

    " This is the sixth (and last) book in Donati's fictional series about the Bonner family in early America. I have really enjoyed this series over the years. "

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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.