The Endless Forest (Wilderness Series #6)

The Endless Forest (Wilderness Series #6)


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The Endless Forest (Wilderness Series #6) by Sara Donati, Kate Reading

With a master storyteller's skill and a historian's precision, Sara Donati has delighted readers and critics alike with her bestselling novels of the nineteenth-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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781415966150
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Sara Donati's Wilderness Series , #6

About the Author

Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi, a native of Chicago. She lives with her husband, daughter, and various pets between Bellingham Bay and the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Endless Forest (Wilderness Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
dabeanster More than 1 year ago
As an Outlander fan, I was looking for a series to read as I wait for Diana's 8th book to be completed. This series was recommended. It is difficult to read other series after reading Diana's descriptive stories. I feel that out of all the books from this Wilderness Series, The Endless Forest is by far the BEST! I fell in love with her writing in this book-to me, Sara's writing has become more like Diana's. This could be a stand along book because Sara does go back to explain plots and characters from the previous books; however, because this is more the legacy of Elizabeth and Nathiel Booner through thier children, reading the previous books gives you deeper understanding AND CONNECTION to the characters. As the other books in the series concentrate on other children of Elizabeth and Nathaniel, this is no different. It is centered around their son Daniel and Martha. Their cute love story is refreshing and I felt that Sara has done an excellent job of developing both characters very well. It's playful and very fresh! I found myself laughing at many parts. The other children and thier spouses are mentioned but are minor characters - Lily & Simon (who I loved in Fire Along the Sky), Jennet & Luke, Ben (Hannah's husband). Their subplots are in the background. The youngest sister of Daniel, Birdie, is well developed in this book-I wonder if Sara does write a 7th book if it will be about Birdie.... Sara does include an Epilogue of articles and notices from a newspaper that Elizabeth eventually brings to the village. It expands 20 years and you find out what happens to the bonner clan. It does end the series well, but it also leaves room for more and possibly another book. All and all, if you love the Bonner clan you will love this book. It is my favorite of the series.
Jamie Eggleston More than 1 year ago
Sara donate is amazing. Literally I don't think I did much but read through the entire series. Was sad when I finished the series, it's that good.
annierabbit More than 1 year ago
I just bought the first 5 of the books in this series and have already read two of them. This is a wonderful series but I guess I'll have to do without the final book unless the price becomes more reasonable as the first 5 were. It's shameful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the other books and loved them. This one started out promising to be a good read as well, but I must say I'm disappointed in it. I had to check and make sure I wasn't reading a Harlequin romance instead. The continual coverage of Martha and Daniel's sex is getting tiring. How many pages are really necessary to cover it? Also, she seems to go down a path then drop the reader. I am more interested in what ever happened to the plot to use Curiosity's chickens than I am what new positions Martha and Daniel are going to try. There are a lot of pages that could have easily been left out.
jenmurph21 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series. I enjoyed this book too, except for the Epilogue at the end. The ending of the book was really good, but the epilogue felt melancholy. I would have given this book 5 stars if not for the epilogue. I think the author tried to wrap up and tell everyone's story, but didn't have time and so she used the epilogue to end things. I didn't like that, I would have much have things left to interpretation rather than have it all spelled out for the reader. However, the book is very good and a fitting conclusion to this series. I enjoyed Daniel and Martha's story and I was pleased with the way the author finished Jemima's story. If you've read the rest, read the last of the series. If you don't want to know the fates and future's of everyone in Paradise, don't read the epilogue. I wish I hadn't.
pawAC More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when this book came out. I loved the way all the Bonner childrens lives were explained and brought to closure. I was sad to know that this was the final book as I have read and reread this series 3-4 times. But I think the way the book ended gave us the feeling that Nathaniel and Elizabeth lived their lives to the fullest and lived to see their children and grandchildren grow and live full lives. I will dearly miss them though. Nathaniel and Elizabeths story will remain one of my favorites always!
paige_vaughn More than 1 year ago
I'm going to miss the Bonners terribly, but I'm glad that they stuck to a realistic ending of mortality. The Wilderness series have always taken me away to the intense, clear description where you could almost taste the atmosphere created of Paradise. Nathaniel and Hannah have always been my favorite characters from the beginning but I found myself wondering about Jemima and how she explained where she came from. Thank you, Sara, for a wonderful and exciting journey that should remain as timeless as this series!
trapper63 More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed the Bonner Family journey. I was very invested in the characters and cared about how they survived their adventures. The history sprinkled within the story was an added bonus. I would characterize this series as a romantically adventurous historical tale. This series is an easy read that takes you to a different time. A true enjoyment!
Scrabbles More than 1 year ago
Overall, I have really enjoyed Donati's Wilderness series, especially the third, fourth, and fifth books, so I was looking forward to completing the series. Unfortunately, I came away disappointed. This book lacks the rich description and crafting of characters that make her previous books so good. It was good to have some questions put to rest, but then Donati hints at a relationship or some history between two characters and leaves that question unanswered. There were a couple of minor contradictions between this book and the previous works, as well, and I thought the way she ends the series was just too depressing. Donati has had a bad habit of killing off some of her most interesting and enjoyable minor characters between works, and this one is no different. Also, her characters in this one were flat, especially Martha & Callie; I never felt as though I got to know them. The only exception is the character of Jemima Southern; we are shown a side of her that we always suspected was there but even that was handled somewhat predictably. The whole book just seemed somewhat of a perfunctory ending to a series that was othewise rich & well-written.
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Pads out.
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I loved the whole Into the Wilderness series and was mostly happy with how all the loose ends in the characters stories were finished. I have recommended this series to several of my friends
MissWonder1965 More than 1 year ago
This is actually the first book I purchased. I found it at a thrift shop for $1. After I started reading, I enjoyed it so much, but was curious about the author. I found out this was book #6 ... so of course I stopped where I was, and ordered the first 5 books. I'm on #4 ... each one a story about a strong woman and her coming of age in the early 1800's.
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This review is intended to be taken as constructive. I fell in love with the colorful characters and settings. Grew to know them well. However, it felt like the aurthor was in a rush to be done with the telling of this story. At times there was interuptions in the flow, and it was confusing and disconcerting. I pray Ms. Danati will continue to write historical fiction. Will keep my eyes open for her next works!
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Hey did you guys find katrose?!? Is she still looking for primrose? Kamara
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*grins* Thanks nattie
Hammbone More than 1 year ago
Lots of adventure. Great characters which I have missed upon finishing the series. My only regret is that there were not more books in the series