Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness, #3)
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Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness #3)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  5,902 ratings  ·  199 reviews
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...more
Kindle Edition, 672 pages
Published (first published May 17th 2002)
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Lori McD
I admit that, at first, I wasn't sure about this 3rd book in the series... I didn't like making such a time jump from book #2. I felt as though I'd missed important things in the Bonner's lives.

But as I put those thoughts away and allowed myself to become part of the story, I realized that the author is intent on giving us glimpses of the most important parts of their lives. We still have most of the main characters, but this time, the younger generation is growing up and, in some cases (such as...more
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This whole series has captured me this summer! I swear there were days on end when I did only the minimum of work so that I could read, read, read. I was disconcerted by the amount of time that had passed between the second and third book. I spent a good bit of time trying to fill in the blanks. This book seemed a bit more pedagogic - more pedantic than the first two. Although I agree with her points, I'm not sure I like the influence on the story. As always, I had a hard time seeing characters...more
Shell Schroth

This installment of the amazing Bonner's, tore my heart out.

Hannah as a young woman, blossoming into her own was amazing, and very touching.

The insight into the twins as they grow was a neat side story, and of course Elizabeth and Nathaniel. This couple do not require words for the awe they inspire.

However, as I mentioned, it was a tear jerker of the first order, burstung with OMG moments, and not always easy to read, but epic in its own right.

Another well earned Kudos to Donati.
Alec Hastings
I just finished the third book in Sara Donati's series (first two: Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore). Perhaps it's because I'm older man now (I'm a little embarassed to admit this) but I was getting a little choked up at certain points in Lake in the Clouds. Then I realized that this is what I love about literature. It makes us feel! We live in an age when science has seemingly eliminated all mysteries. Everything can be explained. The rational approach can be applied to all problems...more
I was a little confused at the beginning because a lot of things were skipped and you got just small snippets of information here and there, but then the story got going again and I was hooked just like in the first two books. I wish there had been more written on Robbie (I won't go into detail and ruin it for people who haven't read) but I was very disappointed that this didn't get more coverage. This book was much better than the second book, it took place in Paradise for more of the story and...more
You learn more about the Bonner family. The children who are much older now come into the story more. I was so pleased to learn more about Hannah and her new romance. Can't wait to see how that turns out.
I can't stop reading these books, fascinating family and history.
Jessica Workman Holland (Tales Between the Pages)
To be honest, I didn't enjoy Lake in the Clouds by Sara Donati as much as I enjoyed Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, the first two books in the series. Don't get me wrong, I still thought it was an enjoyable read. I liked it a lot, in fact. Ultimately, though, Donati experiences some growing pains writing this series. Lake in the Clouds is very much a transitional novel, switching from Elizabeth and Nathaniel's primary POV to Hannah and Lilly's POV. From what I can tell, this is...more
I think this is my favorite book of the series so far. As a recap (and spoiler if you haven't read the first few books) Elizabeth was a spinster woman who came to America to teach school. However, she meets Nathaniel Bonner and falls in love and together they must elope and find a way to restore property back to its rightful owners, the Mahican. When this has settled they are inexplicably rushed to Scotland to rescue their twins who have been kidnapped. An earl there wants an heir and Nathaniel'...more
Kura Kitty
I happened to pick up this book secondhand on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. If you're looking for a good long read filled with diverse characters this is it. I enjoy historical fiction and this book provided enough detail to make it plausible. I liked the two plot lines that came together and almost all of the characters. It was confusing at first to keep everyone straight, especially as I hadn't read the previous books. However since there is a character list and the story was interestin...more
What will we do to squeeze in time for our cherished historical sagas? I'm finally getting back to the WILDERNESS series by Sara Donati. What's on your mountain? Read this review and more about historical reading at my blog, the TBR Mountain Range.

Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness, #3) by Sara DonatiBeing able to travel along with some of the same characters throughout the WILDERNESS series is like visiting with old friends. Sara Donati writes a colorful novel that takes you on a historical journey with her characters as your guide. You can't he...more
Gail Amendt
This is not my favorite novel in this series. I did enjoy it, but I found it somewhat disjointed. I suspect it was a difficult novel to write, as it is a transitional novel, as the author moves to telling the story of the next generation of the Bonner family. There is a large leap in time that must be dealt with, and a lot of change and maturing in the characters. There are several different plot lines, and the transition between them sometimes seems awkward. We also have to deal with the fact t...more
A decade has passed since this series last left off after Dawn on a Distant Shore and much has changed, not so much for the Bonners… though life has certainly continued for the family in that they have loved, lost, and aged… but in how Donati explores the Bonners’ story. Nathaniel and Elizabeth are now supporting characters. Consequently, much of the book’s action is presented from different perspectives – familiar in characterization but strangers in voice.

Primarily, the novel is split into thr...more
Much like the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Sara Donati's Wilderness series is a commitment in that they are long and detailed, but give much back for your effort. While I felt the last book in the Wilderness series Dawn on a Distant Shore was just okay, I pressed on and am glad I did. Lake in the Clouds was a huge improvement on its predecessor. It had wonderful twists and turns throughout. For historical fiction fans, there is a real sense of post-Revolutionary America (Canada, too) on t...more
This third book in Sara Donati's "Wilderness" series is so much better than the second one. It focuses on Hannah, Elizabeth and Nathaniel's wise "half-breed [sic]" eldest daughter, as she grows into a woman, a healer, and eventually a wife. She leaves Lake in the Clouds, her home, and ventures into New-York in 1802 to the Kine-Pox Institute to learn about White (O'Seronni) medicine, especially the new "inoculation" which promises to protect against smallpox. As always, Donati has done her resear...more
I really love this series, though the books are long I enjoy settling into each one of these. I was really looking forward to this one because I've always liked Hannah, but I was kinda let down. I was expecting a nice love story to be woven in between her and Liam but I was waaaay off. I ended up so angry with him and even though by the end he had made amends to a point, I was still miffed and hurt! I knew very early on that I wanted Hannah to find someone else and I do like Strikes the Sky but...more
Alexandria Brim
Jun 05, 2012 Alexandria Brim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fellow history lovers, people who like Diana Gabaldon
Donati's third book starts a few years after Dawn on a Distant Shore where the twins are now young children and Hannah is a woman. Some sadness has come to the Bonners. (view spoiler)

One day, a young pregnant black woman stumbles onto Hidden Wolf. She is a runaway slave and has people purs...more
Erica Bailey
First, I love this series the first 2 books were full of everything I love. Suspense, action, history, romance. I immediately felt like I knew the Bonner's. That being said I was extremely disappointed in the beginning of the 3rd book, it starts 8 years after the 2nd! Into the Wilderness starts in 1792; Dawn on a Distant Shore immediately starts where the 1st left off in 1794 but Lake in the Clouds doesn't start until 1802! I felt like I missed a huge chunk of the Bonner's lives! When I first st...more
Heather (Let's-Go-Pens-We're-Gonna-Take-This-One)
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Read for the third time. April.

Reading for the second time. June 2010
Lake in the Clouds is Book 3 that follows the Bonner Family.

Hannah is now 18 and is becoming a healer like the other strong women in her family. She has taken on a new but very dangerous patient who is an escaped slave and she's trying to get her to safety with the help of her father Nathaniel and step mother Elizabeth.

Nathaniel and...more
After reading book 2 in this series, I was a little concerned that they were going downhill. It wasn't as good as the first title, and was slow-paced. Book 3, however, picked up some steam and had me interested from the start. I'm still very much enjoying this time period - there's so much change starting and about to happen. People are questioning slavery, the west is being explored, and new innovations in health care - namely the smallpox vaccine - are changing the way people live. In this boo...more
I'd actually give this 4.5 stars, if I could.

I really liked this installment of the Wilderness series. There are new characters, some really likable and some that are sooooo easy to hate.

The latter half of this book really focuses on Hannah, and I enjoyed that. I liked her as a little girl in the other books, and she's an enjoyable adult / teenager (18) in this book. She's smart, sweet, and honest, a lot like Elizabeth. However her medical training also in my mind is yet another reminder of th...more
This was the third book in Donati's Wilderness series. A good deal of this story focuses on the younger citizens of Paradise, particularly Hannah Bonner who is now a young woman. Lily Bonner, one of Elizabeth and Nathaniel's 8 year old twins, is one of the characters that was focused on quite a lot. Her character has been fleshed out; as was Jemima Southern, Moses Southern's daughter. I don't feel that Nathaniel's character had all that much significance in this story, and I got to see a changed...more
This was my favorite of the first 3 books of the Wilderness series that i have read so far. the main character is 10 year old Lily. She is inquisitive, brave, serious, impetuous. Her adventures in the wilderness with her twin brother Nathaniel are delightful. There are some wonderful "bad guys" in this book too. And Hannah begins to figure prominently - a 16 year old girl with a deep passion for healing.
Historically, i have no idea of the accuracy of the books, but they surely seem authentic. i...more
Melissa Stebbins
This is the third book in the series about Elizabeth and Nathaniel. The story begins with the discovery of a runaway slave (Selah) and subsequently splits into two separate plots with Elizabeth and Nathaniel leading Selah to freedom and Hannah embarking on a trip to New York City to learn how to vaccinate for small pox. Hannah is the leading character in this book with Elizabeth and Nathaniel even taking on a more supportive role. For me this was a bonus as I really enjoyed Hannah as a character...more
Thom Swennes
Lake in the Clouds by Sara Donati is the third volume in her Into the Wilderness series. The endless forest of northern New York is the setting and the date is 1802. The American nation is still in its infantile years and soon to grow and develop westward. Slavery is still present throughout the young country and abolitionists were already actively spiriting slaves northward to Canada. Slavery and the fight against it is the main theme that runs throughout the book. Although the book, in its ent...more
Nancy Schober
Characters you care about through their heart-breaking losses. A plot you can sink your teeth into. Toe curling kisses with strong silent men. Abolitionists and the Underground railroad. Donati has a deep and uncanny understanding of human relationships and her humor is irresistible. Doesn't get any better than this.[return][return]Quotes;[return][return]"she knew exactly how it would be, down to the things she would say to each individual, and the way people would look at her.[return][return]Sh...more
I was not pleased with the story starting 8 years after the end of Dawn On A Distant Shore. I feel as if I have missed so much. But the story has taken hold and as of yet it's my favorite book of the series. Hannah has brought sexy back and is a young, intelligent woman. Her and Kirby's tryst was definitely pleasing to read. Jemima and her schemes have put a damper on the feelings I developed for Liam Kirby. I love that Hannah went to experience the city. Little Lily is growing into a full blown...more
Donati continues the saga of the Bonner family as they struggle to survive in the wilderness of New York in 1802. They live on a secluded farmstead, high up on a mountain; the nearest town is named Paradise, a cruel joke for a place full of suspicious, fearful gossipmongers. Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner are solid citizens and loving parents, a kind of Ward and June Cleaver in buckskin. Hannah, a bright, courageous young woman who dreams of becoming a doctor, is Nathaniel's half-Mohawk daughter...more
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Sara Donati is a pen name of Rosina Lippi. Notice: Sara does not age. Rosina does. R is also here on Goodreads; any and all reviews will show up under Rosina Lippi, so she's the one to follow. Sara just sits here eating bonbons.
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