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Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness #3)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,209 Ratings  ·  290 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
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Bantam (first published May 17th 2002)
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Alec Hastings
Jan 11, 2014 Alec Hastings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took a little longer to get through then I usually like. I've been in the waiting room at our children's hospital waiting for my son to come out of a 6 hour surgery. While it helped the waiting to go by rather quickly, the rest of the day I picked my book up in small increments of time between trying to help keep him comfortable (and I managed to crochet two slouch beanies.)

This was still 4 stars because I'm completely enjoying this series, but it wasn't my favorite so far. I'm not sure if
Apr 18, 2016 Melodie rated it it was amazing
Part three of the Into the Wilderness saga catches the Bonners as their oldest daughter Hannah comes into her own as an independent young woman and talented healer. It is a difficult time on the mountain and off. Slavery and all it's ugliness is at issue. I was not aware that the northern states allowed slaves, so this point was particularly jarring to me. It prompted me to research a bit and indeed slavery was allowed in the northern states, New York in particular.
The Bonner's with their str
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
Aug 19, 2011 Clmk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2009 Cam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 11, 2016 Billie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd book of the Wilderness series kept my interest with the characters the author introduced from books 1 & 2. The conclusion has encouraged me to read the next book from the author. Great historical fiction from an adventurous era!
Jun 11, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this series I would say I enjoyed the first two more, but honestly I think its because I went into it just after (and I mean just, like minutes after) reading The Winter Rose (from The Tea Rose series which is also fantastic!). This book was very good and I did enjoy it. There was a lot about slavery, medical issues, specifically smallpox, and New York. This author does a great job of taking history and putting it to fiction so we can get a good image of the times. I never realized how the sm ...more
Mishelle LaBrash

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.
Sarah Beth
This novel is the third in the series that began with Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore and continues to follow the Bonner family: Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner and their children. The last novel left Elizabeth and Nathaniel still in England, after being forced to leave their home in New York to reclaim their twin infants. This novel picks back up multiple years after where the last novel left off. The twins Lily and Daniel are now eight years old and Hannah, Nathaniel's half Nati ...more
Rebecca Young
Sep 16, 2014 Rebecca Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Rebecca by: Jessica Gage
This is book #3 in the Wilderness series, and I loved it, just as I loved the first two. I cannot wait to continue reading these books. This book features Hannah Bonner, also known as Walks-Ahead in her Mohawk tongue, and the life-changing decisions that come to her as she matures from a young girl to a young woman. She has honed her medical craft and is invited to New York City to learn about smallpox vaccinations--All with the idea that she will take what she learned back to her village in Par ...more
This is my favorite in the series so far, with a good mix of drama, tension, bittersweet events, and actual plot. The characters seem more dynamic; yes, Elizabeth perhaps takes a back seat to Hannah and seems more timid and afraid, yet it is more believable that characters have weaknesses rather than ever the perfect heroine. I liked the different character perceptions - it is always enjoyable to see how characters view each other, to see if my own impressions match theirs - and I like that, whi ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2010 Leea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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.
Heather Jones
By the end I was into the storyline and characters but I didn't like that it skipped 10 years and there wasn't enough focus on the original characters of Elizabeth and Nathaniel. It took me awhile to get used to the new storyline and ages of the kids and then I finally felt connected to the timing and the book was over.Now the next book is going to skip another ten years and I'll have to get used to the other kids being adults too. It also irked me that what parts Elizabeth was in she was weak a ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't stop reading these books, fascinating family and history.
Barbara Helen Plumb
Now a lot of reviews of this series classify it as Romance and while there is definitely a fair deal of romance that is not the dominant theme. I would place them more correctly on the Historical Shelf and maybe a smidgen over onto the Romance shelf.
I did not enjoy Hannah's story in the city, I must admit to scanning over quite a few pages and rejoining the story once it returned to Paradise. Hannah is just too perfect a character for me - she needs a few flaws.
Once back in Paradise the story hu
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
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 04, 2011 Kura Kitty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2012 Dorine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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 h
Gail Amendt
Oct 10, 2012 Gail Amendt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2010 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  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
Erica Bailey
Jan 13, 2013 Erica Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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May 09, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolutefavs
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
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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.

BUT: Sara has been busy. She has a new novel coming out September 1, The Gilded Hour. More about the novel here. Or you can have a look at the weblog. Rosina writes the pos
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  • Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, #2)
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“Elizabeth knew that if she climbed the ladder she would find that the twins were in the same bed, sleeping back to back. She could go up there now and separate them, but in the morning she would find them together again. They might bicker and wrangle endlessly during the day, but in sleep they could not deny the bond that had been forged in the warm dark waters of the womb. One day circumstance or age or both would separate them for good, but they were in no hurry for that day to come, and neither was Elizabeth.” 1 likes
“There’s no need to whisper,” Elizabeth told her now. “You could sing at the top of your voices and no one would hear you out here on the water.” But the women smiled at her suggestion in surprise and unease, as if she had told them that they could fly.” 0 likes
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