Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness

eBook - 1998
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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 portait of an emerging America.

Praise for Into the Wilderness

"My favorite kind of book is the sort you live in, rather than read. Into the Wilderness is one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place. I can think of no better adventure than to explore the wilderness in the company of such engaging and independent lovers as Elizabeth and her Nathaniel." --Diana Gabaldon

"Each time you open a book you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise." --Amanda Quick

"A beautiful tale of both romance and survival...Here is the beauty as well as the savagery of the wilderness and, at the core of it all, the compelling story of the love of a man and a woman, both for the untamed land and for one another." --Allan W. Eckert

"Lushly written . . . Exemplary historical fiction." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Epic in scope, emotionally intense." -- BookPage
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780440338079
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
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ArapahoeJenny Oct 14, 2018

This is the first book in a series set after "The Last of the Mohicans". Epic and romantic - great for fans of the "Outlander" series!

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DorisWaggoner
Apr 03, 2018

Much of this first in a series of six novels is reminiscent of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, later in time, set in Upstate New York, minus the time travel. A few of the characters from that series even have bit parts here. I first read Into the Wilderness before I first read Outlander, so I didn't see the connections. All that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, in spite of some cardboard characters. Elizabeth Middleton, proper 29 year old spinster from well off English family comes with her profligate brother to join their father in tiny frontier settlement in the wilderness northwest of Albany. She doesn't know that her father's plan is to marry her off to the town doctor, to settle his debts and her brother's gambling debts. But the Native American tribe who shares the area learns to call her "Bone in her Back" for her stubbornness and persistence--Elizabeth has a mind of her own. She spent years preparing to teach school, and told her father, the judge, of her plans. He doesn't tell anyone, hoping his matchmaking will go smoothly. All kinds of crises interfere, except that she falls in love with Nathaniel, a Scot who was raised by the Natives, and they marry, disappearing into the bush. Elizabeth grows up fast, learning to do lots of things she'd never done before.

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happycanuck
Mar 10, 2017

For several chapters, the writing seemed stilted and immature. Only the plot kept me going. Surprisingly, the writing greatly improved by midway - almost as if another writer had taken over. Am looking forward to reading more works.

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melmccurdy
Aug 23, 2016

Epic, post-Revolutionary family drama, located in Indian territory and colonists' settlements of upstate New York.
Vivid characters.
Great dialogue.
Beautiful landscape.
Romance, tragedy, hostility, conflict.
Huge plot twist at the end.
Book 1 of a 6 books series.

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savtadina
May 19, 2016

I read the author's book, THE GILDED HOUR, set in NY in the late 1800s and thoroughly enjoyed it, for the well-researched historical setting as well as the stories of the two women doctors, an oddity at the time.

So I was looking forward to this book, but found it disappointing. I enjoyed the historical setting and the characters but I felt I was going from one "soap opera like" disaster to another. I think the author tried to accomplish too much and that some of the characters, including Julian, were just a bit too unbelievable.

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amyccjohnson
Jan 08, 2015

Fans of "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon will enjoy this series. It's a historical fiction with a few guest "appearances" by characters from Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. Easy to read but still with suspense. The only downfall is that the ease at which characters solve their problems are fairly simple to predict.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jan 03, 2015

As a huge fan of the Outlander series I was so happy to find this book. The first in the series features a strong female heroine in a wild, new country. It has great historical details, beautiful landscape imagery, and a slow building, intense, passionate love story.

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terrysam
Nov 17, 2014

Would love to get it on Audiobook to listen to in the car or at the gym!!!!

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elos
Jun 29, 2014

Wow, I loved this book. It was a great story and I loved the historical setting. I just discovered it is the first of a series. I'm going right on to the next book.

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IV27HUjg
Dec 17, 2013

Liking this & the research author has put into it for details. The romance is ok, not some trashy bodice ripper. Appreciate author using old Scots language correctly - you ken? Understand?

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