Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness Series #3)

Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness Series #3)

by Sara Donati
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Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness Series #3) by Sara Donati

In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, award-winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast, untamed wilderness of late-eighteenth-century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family. Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nation’s past—and in the life of the spirited Bonners—as their oldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever. Masterfully told, this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient, adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century.

It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah’s half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth’s school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides—one Scots grandmother and one Mohawk—and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.

After a long night spent attending to a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain. She calls herself Selah Voyager, and she is looking for Curiosity Freeman—a former slave herself, one of the village’s wisest women and Elizabeth’s closest friend. The Bonners take Selah, desperately ill, to Lake in the Clouds to care for her, and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost ten years. The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge. For a bounty hunter is afoot—Hannah’s childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby.

While Elizabeth and Nathaniel undertake a treacherous journey through the endless forests to bring Selah to safety in the north, Hannah embarks on a very different journey to New-York City, with two goals: to learn the secrets of vaccination against smallpox, a disease that threatens Paradise, and to find out what she can about Liam’s immediate past and what caused him to change so drastically from the boy she once loved. The obstacles she faces as a woman and a Mohawk make her confront questions long avoided about her place in the world.

Those questions follow her back to Paradise, where she finds that the medical miracle she brings with her will not cure prejudice or superstition, nor can it solve the problem of slavery. No sooner have the Bonners begun to rebound from their losses—old and new—than they find themselves confronted by more than one old enemy in a battle that will test the strength of their love for one another. Hannah faces the decision she has always dreaded: will she make a life for herself in a white world, or among her mother’s people?

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ISBN-13: 9780553582796
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2003
Series: Sara Donati's Wilderness Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 66,127
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi. She lives with her husband, daughter, and various pets in an area between the Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say that I was not sure how good this book was going to be, because I was a bit disappointed with Dawn on a Distant Shore. But Donati is back on sure footing here, and is writing about what she knows. I found the 8 year or so time lapse from the end of Dawn on a Distant Shore disconcerting at first, but it ended up being effective, allowing us to see the maturing of LIly and Daniel & especially Hannah (although Lily spoke a bit too maturely for a girl of her young years). It was nice to see all of the old characters and to meet some new ones. Hannah is very likable (and for Diana Gabaldon fans who are also Sara Donati fans perhaps you might appreciate that Hannah is a character entirely unto herself, rather than an extension of her father, as Brianna Fraser seems to be). Some bits were confusing, but will clear up after a second read--however, the last 200 pages or so are tremendously exciting, as the reader is back in Paradise with a terrific plot. All in all, I would say it was a very good book--I enjoyed it and will definitely read it again and again. I have to say that I feared the series would tire itself out, but it has not--in fact, it leaves me with anticipation of another book. Fantastic job, Ms. Donati!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read Into the wilderness I thought it was one of the best books ever written. The writing is excellent, the language beatiful and poetic yet easy to understand and the descriptions of people and places so vivid. The charachters are very strong and halfway through the book I felt as if I had known them for years. Lake In The Clouds certainly does not dissapoint. There is everything from passion, love, humor and adventure. The author very bravely and honestly deals with issues such as racism, class issues and political injustice. To classify this book as a mere romance novel would be very unfair in my opinion and I would definetly recommend it anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in a fantastic series. If you like Diana Gabaldon you will love this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sara Donati has written another outstanding novel! It is rich in it's portral of her wonderful and unique characters and their adventures, loves, trials and triumphs. Read all of her 'Wilderness' book and don't miss a second of any page!
Jamie Eggleston More than 1 year ago
Read the first two from library, but bought the rest of the series for my nook. Loved the whole series. Characters are well rounded, felt like I was in the story. Full of emotion and drama. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful series that will leave you thinking of the characters long after you read it. This is one of the few series I could read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lake in The Clouds was wonderful, but I've thought that about every book in the series. I love how the descriptions are so vivid and how I begin to feel what the characters are feeling. If I'm right about the seen the previous reviewer was referring to, in my opinion, it wasn't a big deal. It was only a page and a half long and would only offend certain people's 'moral values'.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1802 escaped slave Selah Voyager arrives in Paradise near Half Moon Lake, New York. The ailing Selah seeks Curiosity Freeman, but runs into Elizabeth Bonner and her stepdaughter Hannah instead. Because Selah is sick, Hannah a healer insists on helping the runaway slave regain her health. On Selah¿s tail is bounty hunter and former Paradise resident Liam Kirby, who Hannah loved when they were children. Though Liam¿s appearance tosses her heart for a loop and avaricious neighbors see reward money for turning in Selah, Hannah believes she must follow her values and do the right thing for the runaway slave. Though her actions are noble, Hannah¿s endeavor places herself, her school teaching father, and her stepmother in danger. Fans of historical novels need to read LAKE IN THE CLOUD, a tremendous early Americana tale that brings alive the first decade of the nineteenth century as few books have accomplished. Though rich with interwoven detail, the intelligently and exciting plot contains era issues that the strong cast enables the audience to comprehend including how courageous the Bonner family is. Mindful of the great works of Van Reid, Sara Donati continues her epic adventure (see INTO THE WILDERNESS and DAWN ON A DISTANT SHORE) with another winner. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only 20 pages in and im sore disappointed. 10 years have passed since book 2. Luke and giselle in scotland, elizabeth has another kid that dies along with falling day and elizabeths father....i thought those are major events. Hopefully book gets better
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There were parts of the book that were very slow and I found myself skimming. While I usually like a long novel, Lake In The Clouds was too long. I loved being able to continue with this interesting series and its characters, however, and thoroughly enjoy Donati's books.
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Angelkixxes3 More than 1 year ago
Lake in the Clouds is #2 on my favorite list for this series. I would highly recommend this series. Especially if you are a Diana Gabaldon fan. Very similar writing styles!!
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Love this series!
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GeoJam More than 1 year ago
My favorite book is the the first in this series but it is a must to read them all. You become inthralled with the characters and have to know their stories and how it will all turn out. This is a historical drama that takes its time to tell a story and give you the since of time and place. Enjoy being transported to the new world and its freedoms and hardships!
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