Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati

Sara Donati's extraordinary debut novel, Into the Wilderness (a loose retelling from a woman's viewpoint of The Pioneers, James Fenimore Cooper's sequel to The Last of the Mohicans) now has its own sequel. In the first book in the Wilderness series, set in the wilds of the New York frontier in 1792, Englishwoman Elizabeth Middleton met and married Nathaniel Bonner, a white man adopted into the Mohawk tribe. As Dawn on a Distant Shore opens, Elizabeth and Nathaniel's marriage is about to be blessed with twins, but their happy family is soon divided by the news that Nathaniel's father has been imprisoned in Montreal. When Nathaniel attempts a rescue, he, too, is arrested and sentenced to be hanged as an American spy. Elizabeth risks everything to free both men — and, eventually, her efforts bring them to distant Scotland, where a wealthy and titled kinsman offers them a new future in a world they never imagined.

I really enjoyed this book, I feel like I know the family so well now. I will admit that I wanted there to be one more chapter in this book (though I can't really say why without a spoiler).
I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Figured that I would do one book a month, so have to wait another week before I can continue with my new friends.

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