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Fire Along The Sky (Wilderness #4)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,058 Ratings  ·  238 Reviews
Sara Donati's bestselling saga of an American family's struggle for survival in the northeast wilderness continues. The year is 1812, and Nathaniel's daughter, Hannah, has returned to Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner. But mourning the loss of both husband and child, she is a shadow of a girl they once knew. Nonetheless, she resumes her medical duties in the village of Paradi ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published March 7th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published 2004)
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May 09, 2016 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 in the Wilderness series picks up the Bonners ten years after Hannah's marriage and departure from the family nest. It chronicles her journey back to the family having lost her husband and son. I found this to be jarring and a big disappointment. However throughout the course of the book the holes in her marital history are filled in somewhat, but not to my satisfaction.
The rest of the Bonners and their relationships with the citizens of Paradise are given a lot of ink and I was glad of
Gail Amendt
Oct 26, 2012 Gail Amendt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a bit of a hiccup with the third book, this series is back on track with the fourth. Set ten years after the last book, we find the Bonner children grown, Hannah returned from the west having lost her husband and son, and the family being caught up in the War of 1812. We see small snippets of the war as it played out along the border between New York and Quebec, but never the big picture, and while for me that is a little frustrating, I also appreciate that it is exactly the way war is exp ...more
Nov 09, 2009 Tonya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, after the last book in the series I was sure that I wouldn't read another one... I was wrong. Somehow "Fire" found it's way into my shopping bag after a brief trip to the local BAM.

I was so happy that Donati didn't kill off Curiosity Freeman but was shocked that Dr. Richard Todd met an early and quite painful demise. Hannah's husband (who just appears out of nowhere in "Lake in the Clouds") never really materlizes in "Fire." His story was poorly told and their marriage was a complete waste
I couldn't bring myself to like this novel as much as the others in the series. As a bit of a recap, the series starts out with Elizabeth coming to America from England to be a school teacher. A self professed spinster, she is surprised when she falls in love with outdoors-man Nathaniel Bonner. She elopes with him in an effort to not only be with him forever, but also restore property rightfully to the people who own it. The next novel is a bit down the road and she has just given birth to twins ...more
Mishelle LaBrash
An absoloute, without a doubt 5 + star read for me~ Until it wasn't....

WHY, Sara?~ Why would you do this to your fans? I dont see the sense in it at all, other than to shatter our hearts and kill all hopes we had... all the books~ All the time invested and the WAITING for that certain IMPORTANT SOMETHING to finally happen~ For what? For that? My heart was constantly in my throat as I caught on to the early hints, for that long awaited moment~ Page after page, at warp speed~ Gitty with excitement
Jul 16, 2011 Aly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to really get involved in this segment of the Bonner's story. I can't quite determine why as I've been eager to hear more about Jennet since she was first introduced. I was a bit upset that Hannah's story took such a sad turn after the bright childhood she had. I loved watching Lily & Simon fall for each other, and Luke and Jennet keep me happy as well. I wanted to know more about how Blue Jay suddenly came home with a wife having found her sometime after leaving the prisoner ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When I first picked up Into the Wilderness and started reading I nearly died of happiness to see the characters from one of my favorite movies (The Last of the Mohicans) in it!!!!The first three books were wonderful and fabulously written. Watching Elizabeth and Nathaniel's relationship grow and their children was an absolute pleasure. I did have some hesitations at first with Lake in the Clouds, but Donati's style and writing cleared up some of the earlier hesitations I had.

Now onto Fire Along
Nov 22, 2010 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this series because I read The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon and LOVED it. I heard that Clair/Jamie, from Outlander, made an appearance in these books so I had to read it.

It wasn't as good as Outlander but I did enjoy the story and the characters very much. It's much along the same lines as Outlander (without the time travel) and very well written. You get invested in the characters and want to follow them though life.

I've read the entire series and LOVE how it matures with the
Alec Hastings
Mar 02, 2014 Alec Hastings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara Donati does it again. This series is definitely all it is cracked up to be: an epic of historical fiction, adventure, and romance (not the cloying, sticky kind). Jennet's husband, the Laird of Carryk, has died and the young Scotswoman boards the Isis and sails to the New World to see her American cousins in the endless forests of upstate New York. The War of 1812 commences, and Daniel Bonner and Blue Jay leave home to fight the British invaders. Lily Bonner goes to Montreal to study art, an ...more
Not a strong showing compared to the other books in the series. Hannah's "reawakening" was perhaps the only interesting thing that happened through the first 75% of the novel, since the rest of that page space was about Lily basically being a petulant 18-year-old girl unable to make up her mind, and her plot line, such as it was, was not remotely interesting. We did not need multiple chapters about dinners and sleigh rides and tantrums. All of what little plot there was in this book happened in ...more
Once again, I find myself captivated by the story in this series. I'm listening to the audio book and Kate Reading does a wonderful job rendering the many characters in the story in a believable way.

In this story, the focus shifts away (but not too much) from Nathaniel and Elizabeth to the children: Daniel, Lily and Hannah. Jennet also is a key character in the story as well as the Nathaniel's oldest son Luke. Daniel is off to the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain, Lily is restless and go
Nov 06, 2014 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving this series!
Sammy Jarvis
Nov 02, 2014 Sammy Jarvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fire along the sky was absolutely, hands down the best book in the series so far.

So much happened in this book that it was hard to put it down. Donati introduced a few new characters to Paradise which was a really refreshing break.

Please note my review is SPOILER FREE.

I absolutely loved getting to know Lily and Simon Ballentine. I read some reviews that said Lily was dreadful annoying, immature and unsettled. I loved this about her character. I think it was Hannah who said something along the
Mar 29, 2010 Leea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I enjoyed following the Bonner women into this book. Loved Lily and her many spirited remarks and her courage. Hannah's story is so sad and yet i know she is do for some real love. I loved it!! Fast paced, new story line and new romance for the young Bonner women.
May 08, 2012 Paiman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHAT!!! That's how you're going to end a book! Like in a middle of an episode of a show in the muiddle of it's season. I see your game Ms. Donati...Queen of Swords next it is!

Good thing you filled thing you filled this book with sexy men. ;)
Jan 21, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely enjoyed this book waaay better than the last. The main difference was the fact that this one had a couple love stories going on with Luke/Jennet and Lily/Simon. My main issues though had to do with Lily. I was SO frustrated with her treatment of Simon at the beginning and her general wishy washy-ness. There were even a few times I thought Simon was better off without her and that he didn't deserve her. Luckily though since these books are lengthy, we got to see her turn around and com ...more
Rebecca Young
Jul 24, 2015 Rebecca Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Jessica Gage
I loved this book, just as I have loved the entire series so far. Even though these books are lengthy, the author keeps my interest going! This book features Hannah, also known as Walks-Ahead or Walking-Woman, as she grasps with the new reality of her life having lost her husband, Strikes-the-Sky, and their young son due to wars. We also are reintroduced to Jennet, a relative from Scotland who is featured in this book. The Bonner children are growing, marrying, and striking out on their own and ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, owned-in-print
Another deliciously addictive chapter of this sweeping family saga
Jun 04, 2016 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 27, 2014 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stunning 5 star read in this series. I'm a bit of a history buff, so love the historical detail (although some liberties were obviously taken). As a Canadian, I also found it interesting to see the American view on the War of 1812. I had originally put off reading this installment, as after reading the blurb I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Hannah's heartbreaking situation. Yes, some tears were shed on my part for sure as we learned further details, but I thought it was very w ...more
Jenny Q
4.5 Stars. Ten years have passed since Hannah married Strikes-the-Sky and walked west with him to live among his people and now she is back in Paradise, alone, a quiet shell of her former self. She's not the only one who's found their way home to the welcoming arms of the Bonner family. Her newly widowed cousin from Scotland, Jennet, has arrived looking to rekindle her relationship with her first love, Hannah's half-brother Luke. Luke's home, too, and he's brought his business partner, fellow Sc ...more
Thom Swennes
Jul 25, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel Fire Along the Sky is the fourth volume of the six-part Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. Spanning the time that the newly independent United States was again engaged is a bitter struggle with England in the conflict known in history books as the War of 1812. This historical novel, as indeed all of the novels in this series, give reference to general historical events without placing either the characters or any events in any particular historical incident which, in my opinion ...more
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Jun 17, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading Fire Along the Sky, which is a sequal to Into the Wilderness, one of my favorite books.

I found Dawn on a Distant Shore a few years after I read Into the Wilderness by accident and was very excited and loved the book. I just reread both of the 1st two books and saw in the back that Fire Along the Sky was "coming soon" in 2004 (which, when I got the book, seemed like eons away), so I ran out to Borders to get it, but (1) it wasn't in stock and (2) it's not out in paperback till Novembe
Alexandria Brim
In her fourth book, nearly ten years have passed since Lake in the Clouds. The War of 1812 has started and not even the residents of Hidden Wolf are spared. Lily, ready to go study art abroad, has her plans put on hold. Her brother Daniel and their cousin Blue Jay long to go fight. Elizabeth wishes to keep all her children on Hidden Wolf, safe. And into this walks Hannah, a shadow of her former self. The Bonners are also surprised by the arrival of Luke, Nathaniel's illegitimate son, and Jennet, ...more
Erica Bailey
Jan 16, 2013 Erica Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book! The wilderness series is a must for any Outlander or historical romance fan. Against most opinions, I actually liked Lily you watched her grow from a girl into a woman, she reminded me a lot of Elizabeth in the 1st book. I loved her conflict between Nicholas & Simon & may I say without giving any spoilers that I was cheering for Simon the entire time & couldn't wait to turn the page to see whom she chose!

I was disappointed when I started to read Lake in The Cloud
Laurel Bradshaw
One of my favorite authors.

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With epic sweep and breathtaking adventure, Sara Donati’s bestselling saga of an Early American family’s struggle for survival in the Northeast wilderness continues with the story of an indomitable woman and an unforgettable journey of redemption across a young nation threatened by the flames of war.

The year is 1812 and Hannah Bonner has returned to her family’s mountain cabin in Paradise. But Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner can see that
Amy Pritt
Nov 29, 2013 Amy Pritt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. I found it to be immensely more engaging that the third novel in this series. It ended on a cliff-hanger that's making me anxious and excited to pick up the fifth book! I love these characters more and more as they each evolve!

I was glad to see Elizabeth come back more to her old self from the first book than she was in the third. Nathaniel is becoming more and more like his father, Hawkeye, with each passing novel. Their love is unwavering, even after the twenty t
May 09, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Read for the third time. April 2011

Reading again for the second time. Love this series. July 2010

Sara Donati’s continuing saga of the Bonner family in Early America is another great addition to the series. Its sbeen 10 years since Hannah has been home to her family and she has lost much in those years. She has come home alone without her husband and her son. She is broken and speeks nothing of what has happened
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Other Books in the Series

Wilderness (6 books)
  • Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, #1)
  • Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, #2)
  • Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness, #3)
  • Queen of Swords (Wilderness, #5)
  • The Endless Forest (Wilderness, #6)

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