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En Tierras Lejanas (Wilderness #1)

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Elizabeth Middleton, una mujer de espíritu independiente e ideas avanzadas, arriba en 1792 a los flamantes Estados Unidos de Norteamérica para reunirse con su padre, que ejerce de juez en la localidad de Paradise, al norte del estado de Nueva York. A sus veintinueve años, la joven no se siente atraída por la idea del matrimonio, y su principal deseo es dedicarse a la enseñ ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Publicaciones y Ediciones Salamandra (first published August 3rd 1998)
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Cameron It took me two books into this series to figure out what was bothering me. You know how, even though you love all the characters in Outlander, you…moreIt took me two books into this series to figure out what was bothering me. You know how, even though you love all the characters in Outlander, you just can't wait for Jamie and Claire to be alone? Just to eavesdrop on their coversations, get a glimpse into their thoughts, and by golly, to be a fly on the wall when they make love? Donati's are like the Outlander series, except without two such compelling central characters. I love the history, the world building, all of the "secondary" characters like Curiosity and Hannah, Aunt Merriwether and Runs From Bears. But the minute Elizabeth starts talking or thinking, or God forbid, interacting with Nathaniel, I speed-read ahead. Both are so wooden and so devoid of any nuance, shading or humor that it's impossible to root for them and difficult just to go along for the ride. But the plot and the rest of the characters keep me hooked. So it's a bumpy ride. You may find them less boring or off-putting than I do, and if so, Enjoy!(less)
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Sara Donati Yes, Diana formally gave permission for the brief mention of her characters.
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ALPHAreader
Sep 15, 2010 ALPHAreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OUTLANDER FANFICTION?

It’s impossible not to compare Donati’s series to Diana Gabaldon’s epic ‘Outlander’. Both series are historical romance, on a grand serial scale, and the marketing of Donati’s series is largely reliant on Diana Gabaldon. Not only does a Gabaldon quote appear on the front-cover of ‘Into the Wilderness’, but Donati thanks Gabaldon in her acknowledgements. And the most obvious comparison is the fact that Donati’s books are a sort of fanfiction crossover to Diana Gabaldon’s famo
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 06, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
The book had blurbs praising it from romance writers Diana Gabaldon and Amanda Quick and the trade magazine Romantic Times. Not a good sign I'd like it, if this was being marketed to those who frequent the romance aisle. The prose was more readable than most books I've read marketed as romance, even if hardly stellar, but what killed this novel for me is how it takes the "historical" out of historical fiction.

This is set in the New York frontier in 1793, dealing with the twenty-nine-year-old El
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I read this as an unabridged audiobook and it seemed like tape one consisted of author thank you's and an unending listing of family trees involved in her story and I assumed I'd be in way over my head with this one. I was right.

Elizabeth is a 29 year old spinster who wants nothing more than her independence and to teach young children. With this in mind, she sets out into the wilderness that is "Paradise" to join her father and brother. What she doesn't know is that her father who faces financi
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Carolyn F.
Jan 16, 2010 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot. I made the mistake of listening to someone say it was in the same vein as Outlander, which kind of ruined it for me at first. But then when I just sat back and enjoyed the book for itself, I really enjoyed it a lot.

PS How many times can I use "enjoyed" in this review - apparently 3.
Lucia
Sep 07, 2014 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
With my new found love for historical fiction (thanks to Outlander) and with my love for Last of Mohicans movie, it was just question of time when I would read this book. And I am glad that I chose it for my summer read. I got somehow lighter read than I expected but I enjoyed it nonetheless and I definitely plan to read next instalment!
Belinda
Jun 09, 2009 Belinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For any Diana Gabaldon fans, rejoice, my friends, rejoice!

I know you've waited a long time for more Claire and Jamie, with *years* between sequals. You can bridge that horrible gap with my new find, Sara Donati.

OK, I admit, I've only read the first book. But it had that headstrong female character, the dangerous-but-charming love interest, the chorus of earthy and interesting background characters. All are positioned against a distant time in history where life was hard (really hard, dammit, no
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B the BookAddict
Apr 02, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: GR
Shelves: hist-fiction

No review, I'm too busy getting stuck into book #2 of the series. 4★
Jill
I have read all of the books in this series. I have also read all of the outlander series. Now for me the outlander series began to fall flat especially in the last few books. However every single book in this series has held my attention and earned my love and respect. By the time you read all these books you will feel like you are reading your own family history, these characters, Elizabeth, nathaniel, Hannah, Lilly, Daniel, curiosity will move into your heart and will never leave. I have read ...more
Melodie
Oct 02, 2011 Melodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Middleton has a mind of her own. In the twilight of the 1700's that is not a good thing. English born, she has made her way to fledgling America to live with her widowed father and brother in upstate New York. And it takes no time at all for her to be at odds with current convention and the local townsmen. In matters of politic and romance, Elizabeth and her outspoken beliefs stand alone....almost.
I have enjoyed this sweeping historical drama from the first page. It has been quite a
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Linda O'Donnell
I have really enjoyed the first book in the series entitled Into the Wilderness. The basic storyline has been well-researched and there is great depth in the character development. It is refreshing to have the main character depicted for her intelligence, her analytical skills, and her strong resourcefulness. This is not your typical historical fiction with bodice ripping and muscular physiques on every page. Elizabeth is even deemed a spinster, being a woman in her late twenties, not a robust 1 ...more
Linda C
Aug 01, 2010 Linda C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, this book didn't really capture my interest, especially since I had hear such good things about it. It was closer to a bodice-ripper than it is to Outlander.

It was entertaining enough, and I may, at some point, pick up the next one in the series, but the central plot, i.e. the romance between Nathaniel and Elizabeth, didn't grab me. I just didn't get it. While there were moments that Nathaniel was rather sexy (the long dark hair, the silver earring), at the end of the day, he was a backwo
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Marquise
I've had this book for years, but was always reluctant both to crack it open and to give it away. Until I decided to do both: read it first and give it away after. The result is, I'm keeping the book till it rots.

Ironic, isn't it?

Looking back, I can pinpoint my wariness as stemming from two things: for one, that it was compared to, linked to, and said to be copied from "Outlander" and heartily recommended for and by fans of Gabaldon. And the thing is, I disliked that book, so the surest way to g
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I'm so surprised that the majority of the reviews for Into the Wilderness are most concerned about explaining why it has nothing to do with the Outlander series or why, on the contrary, its author, Sara Donati, is Ms. Gabaldon's perfect little disciple, just because she's friends with her and writes HR.

Guys, get over Outlander! Not even Ms. Gabaldon wrote the same book twice, why would another person - another author - with her own writing style and brain, and voice and ideas, want to replicate
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Shelli
I enjoyed this as a summer read. It definitely wasn't as deep as many other historical fictions novels I've read. It felt much more like historical romance. The funny thing is, the romance wasn't my favorite part of the book. I actually liked the setting and the Native American characters the best. I listened to a lot of this and think the narrator did a nice job especially with the Scottish and Native accents and words. I didn't go into this with huge expectations, so just found it a light and ...more
Kimberly
Sep 13, 2009 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kimberly by: Michelle
Into the Wilderness left me very underwhelmed. It had all the elements of a story that I would typically like: romance, nature/wilderness, drama, etc. But, the writing was just off. Here is an example of a clunky passage (two characters are making out):

"He realized that she was trying to talk to him, and he came back to himself a little. His name. She was summoning him to her. He drew it from her mouth, swallowed it whole. Gave her back her own name, fed it to her with his tongue."

It brings ima
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Maliha
Something must be very wrong with me since I did not LOVE this novel despite all its 5 star reviews. I am a huge fan of the Outlander series and pretty much anything Diana Gabaldon decides to write so I read Into the Wilderness because of her praise and her fans' praise for this novel. And I have to say that it was just OKAY; it was not bad. The author definitely put a good amount of research into the story but it failed complexity. The characters were not as developed as they could have been an ...more
Carol Brill
Nov 07, 2016 Carol Brill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book intimidated me, first, it's 876 pages of small print, and in the opening there is a 3 page chart of characters--too many pages and too many characters, not my favorite kind of read.
It's strength for me is the strong, well-written sense of time and place, this New York mountain village of the 1790's is so well drawn it's like another character in the book.
I enjoyed the primary characters. Elizabeth Middleton who leaves England to join her father in this remote place. She is a 29 year ol
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Mary
I'm perplexed as to why this series, and this book in particular, are compared to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. I'm a big Outlander fan, and while I feel her most recent books are somewhat self-indulgent and episodic, I still like them. They are well-written and despite being long-winded and sometimes far-fetched, they are usually entertaining. Not so with this book.

The author had a genius idea to write the sequel to the The Last of the Mohicans movie, which is still one of my favorite movies. It
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Albagar90
Mar 15, 2017 Albagar90 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leídos-2017
me ha tenido enganchada desde el minuto uno, con una descripcion al detalle, bien narrado y con unos personajes bien descritos tanto los principales como secundarios, es la primera vez que leo algo de esta autora y apartir de aqui no sera el ultimo.
Beth F.
Jul 14, 2008 Beth F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diana Gabaldon lovers
Recommended to Beth F. by: goodreads members who love Diana Gabaldon!
After hearing all the Outlander fans raving about this book, I knew I needed to pick it up because I count myself among their ranks!

The story was very engrossing and I raced through the first third of the book because I could not put it down. The middle part of the book was also enjoyable, but I felt myself losing some interest towards the end. Aaaand…maybe “losing interest” is too harsh because that doesn’t sound right to me, but it certainly lost that magic that happens when you can’t put a p
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Quinn
Jul 14, 2010 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Into the Wilderness was quite a surprise for me. Firstly, I wasn't expecting an 876 page brick. Then, given said dimensions, I was expecting an epic saga. It may be epic in scale, but was surprisingly narrow in scope and plot.

The book spans 12 months in the life of the people of a small settlement called Paradise, and focuses on the fight for ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where a small group of Native Americans live and hunt.

The primary characters are Nathaniel, son of Hawkeye from the
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Mishelle LaBrash
Dec 26, 2009 Mishelle LaBrash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is among the top 4 favorite series ever... I love everything about these books. You love, cry, laugh, hurt, hope, believe and grow with the entire Bonner clan... Sara Donati is a genius.. and I hope she graces us with another series very, very soon... Having finished this series left me with a hollow feeling... And that doesn't happen often with me..
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
Fun historical romance/adventure. This is about as close to a romance novel as I get and I enjoyed that aspect of it (though the sex scenes began to get a little repetitive). For some reason, though it is a really long book, I expected it to mostly consist of a huge drawn out will-they-or-won't-they and was pleasantly surprised when that issue was resolved fairly early and the plot moved on to other adventures. However, I am uncomfortable with the author's appropriating the protagonists from The ...more
SummerAmethyst
Ok, so really I am only about 1/2 way through this book, so it may or may not be fair to give a full review. But I am going to write one anyway because I can't say for sure that I will be finishing the book. I gave it 3 stars because over all the story isn't bad and there are some good points about it. The characters are pretty likeable or unlikeable depending on what we are supposed to think of them and the plot is pretty decent with enough description to allow you to "see" what the character i ...more
Toni
Aug 23, 2011 Toni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Denise
Nov 17, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati did not disappoint! This is the first book in a series of three books. Donati cleverly combines drama, romance, history and adventure in the wilderness of upstate New York State in the late 1700's. The compelling storyline and memorable characters (Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Richard Todd, to name a few) made for an exciting page turner. The characters struggled with issues that are timeless. ( freedom, class differences, laws of the land). Sara Donati leaves the rea ...more
Donna
May 29, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid 4 stars for me. I enjoyed reading this. I've read some of the other reviews....some say it's similar to the Outlander series, some say it definitely is not. For me, it had some similarities when it came to the love story and the time period, but it is its own thing. I liked the nod that it gave to Ian Murray and his red headed giant Scot of an uncle. That was fun to see a couple of my favorite characters mentioned in this.

I loved the historical story. (I came across one inaccura
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Irene
Nov 26, 2016 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a romance set in an American frontier town of upstate N.Y. in the late 1700s. The author tried to prevent this from being classified as a bodice ripper by setting it in the middle of a land dispute, but there was enough bodice ripping to warrant the category. The characters were stereotypes of contemporary literature, the physically strong and morally virtuous Native Americans and the greedy, drunken, morally vacant European settlers. The romantic leads are exactly what female readers of ...more
Denise
I listened to the audio version of this book, an epic 30 hours of lengthy narrative, very detailed descriptions about nature, terrain, and cultures. I am sure it could have been cut down immensely, but being a Ny'er myself, I actually enjoyed the descriptions of 1792 upstate NY.
That aside, the love story between Nathaniel and Elizabeth was beautiful and filled with many road blocks and prejudice that they manage to get through. If you have ever read The Last of the Mohicans you will recognize
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Beth
I was utterly swept away by this book. From the very first page I was pulled into the story and completely emotionally invested in the characters and their journeys. I adored Elizabeth (such a strong character) and I swooned over Nathaniel (where can I find me a man like him? :-P ). I loved how it was a sequel of sorts to The Last of the Mohicans (one of my favorite movies). I return to this book whenever I'm in need of a well thought out historical romance and I relish every minutes spent withi ...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.

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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“Elizabeth Middleton, twenty-nine years old and unmarried, overly educated and excessively rational, knowing right from wrong and fancy from fact, woke in a nest of marten and fox pelts to the sight of an eagle circling overhead, and saw at once that it could not be far to Paradise.” 28 likes
“She wore her determination like war paint.” 6 likes
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