Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Into The Wilderness by Sara Donati

Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati's epic novel sweeps us into another time and place…and into a breathtaking story of love and survival in a land of savage beauty.

It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered-a white man dressed like a Native American: Nathaniel Bonner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, Elizabeth soon finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as with her own family. Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati's compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America. -

I love a nice fat juicy book, one that you can just sink your teeth into. This is is almost 900 pages long, exactly what one needs on these cold winter days. Just to curl up on the couch with Mr. Kindle, which is exactly what I did. This book was recommended from another reviewer. To be honest after I purchased it I did hesitate a little (other books this person recommended didn't pan out).

I loved this book, I really did. I found the characters were well developed, I could picture Wolf Mountain, the rivers, the schoolhouse and so much more. I have always had a hard time picturing what life was like in the 'old days' (1792 is when this book takes place) and especially the winters. This book was a good picture for me.

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  1. Is this the one in which Jamie and Claire Fraser from the Outlander series have a cameo appearance? I think I have this one on my shelf at home. Perhaps I will move it forward.

  2. Yes that is the one, though the appearance is very, very brief. Kinda cool though. Have you read all of the Outlander series? I have only finished the second book, so really interested to see how they make it over to the US.