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The Endless Forest (Wilderness #6)

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With a master storyteller’s skill and a historian’s precision, Sara Donati has delighted readers and critics alike with her bestselling novels of the nineteenth-century New York frontier. Now she brings us The Endless Forest, set in the remote village of Paradise, where the Bonner family that readers first met in Into the Wilderness make their home.

The spring of 1824 is a
Published February 2nd 2010 by Bantam (first published December 15th 2009)
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I loved this series. I read it because I was a huge Diana Gabaldon fan, and I saw her recommendation on the cover of the first book in this series. However, I became a fan of this series based on it's own merits and the talent of the author, Sara Donati (Rosina Lippi). I won't waste anyone's time giving my own synopsis of the story, that is better done by the author. I do want to say that I appreciate the world and the characters created by Ms. Lippi, and that it was a pleasure to spend some tim ...more
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Gail Amendt
Wow, where do I even begin? For the past two and a half months I have been on an epic journey with the Bonner family. I first started this series largely because it was recommended by Diana Gabaldon, and many reviewers have compared it to her Outlander series. It is similar, in that it is very well written romantic historical fiction, with very strong, well developed characters. It even makes reference to a couple of the characters in the Outlander books in the first book of the series. I soon s ...more
What a finish!!! At least I am assuming this is the last in the series. All the loose ends were tied up in the last few pages and in such a unique way. When our library acquired Queen of Swords and paperbacks of all the previous books in the series, I knew it was time to reread the whole set, especially since I had been waiting to read the 'Fire' one. Two weeks and many late nights later,I was finished with all that had been published so far and waiting for 'Forest'. This week it came to the lib ...more
ENDLESS FOREST ends the saga of the Bonner family and the series that started with INTO THE WIlDERNESS. The series opens in the 1790's and runs to a conclusion (in the ENDLESS FOREST)in the 1840's. The story takes place in colonial New York north of Albany at the edge of the endless forest. Through all the trials and tribulations of the Bonner family and friends you will travel a number of places, including Scotland, Canada, "the west", Florida, New Orleans and more. When they go off to war, as ...more
This is the sixth and final book in the series that started with Into the Wilderness. At the outset this is meta-fiction/ historical fiction the son of Hawkeye from The Last of the Mohicans and Elizabeth Middleton, a Jane Austen character, meet and fall in love.

Now it’s thirty years later and this novel is mostly concerned with their grown children and grandchildren. Martha, who is the villain Jemima’s daughter, falls in love and marries Daniel (Elizabeth & Nathaniel’s son) who lost the use
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I am Rosina Lippi, aka Sara Donati, author of the Wilderness series. If you've come here because you are wondering about a book in the series called "Journey's End" please note: there is no such book. The sixth book in the series is called "The Endless Forest" and that is available here on Amazon for preorder. Journey's End was a working title that somehow (mistakenly) found itself way onto Amazon, but I don't seem to be able to get them
This wonderful conclusion to the Into the Wilderness series takes place in 1824 Paradise, New York, a small but growing village which, due to the author's descriptive writing, almost becomes a character in and of itself. The Bonners, Donati's multilayered, fictional family come alive in this story, both as individuals and as a family unit. The result is a terrific narrative with a very satisfying resolution of previous storylines. I will miss these books, but see myself going back to revisit.
"5 Stars!!"

“I have loved the stars too well to fear the night.
~Elizabeth Middleton Bonner”

WOWZA!!! What a great story!!!! I am super bummed it's over :( These books are a must read for anyone that loves a good book action, adventure, history and romance all rolled into one... amazing characters and the settings are written so well I almost felt as if I was there. I really enjoyed this last installment as it was a WHOLE book that took place in Paradise in the Endless Forest with the Bonner Clan.
Ah, the final book. The challenge for anyone who ever writes a series - how to wrap things up so that you tell the story you intended to tell, while satisfying readers with the story they want to hear. It's a tough line to walk, and Donati does it quite well.

I loved the return to Paradise and the extended Bonner family. The prologue with Curiosity catching us up on what's happened was wonderful. Curiosity is one of my favorite characters and I loved her in this book. I also really enjoyed the ec
OK--three and a half stars. I read it quickly, to find out what happens to all of the characters.

It's one of the better books in the series (although I liked "Queen of Swords" a lot, being full of colorful detail about New Orleans in 1814: real characters, events and place). The epilogue is very satisfying and feels almost real.

But there's something kind of flavorless about the writing. When an author accrues such a large cast of characters, she's got to give them something to do, a way to tell
The previous book in this series (Queen of Swords) came out like in 2006/7 - I can't remember which. Since I've read about a gazillion books since then and since I have reading retention problems anyway, I was having a few problems remembering some of the character's back stories. I was a little bit disappointed that the author assumed that people would remember. I know these characters have been her life for the past umpteen years but they aren't necessarily foremost in the minds of everyone. I ...more
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My Thoughts: I loved this book. Although it didn't have as much adventure as previous books, Donati was still able to keep up the momentum and keep the reader interested. I have to give Donati credit. She knows how balance the overall storyline in her 6 book series from one generation to the other. Other major series, like Outlander, tend to focus too much on one generati
Alright so call me naive but I like stories that are all wrapped up happily ever after. I floated through this book on a cloud of happiness, loving the stories of the Bonner clan all together at last, everything coming together nicely for the characters we have followed for six books and then WHAM - the Epilogue! I know that people die, but after loving these characters for so long, I really didn't want to know about it. Thankfully there were some happy hightlights in there as well but I must co ...more
I can't remember when or why I ever started reading this series, except that it was long ago and probably had to do with my fondness for pioneer stories. The whole series turned out to be more romance-y than I might prefer but I managed to get sucked in anyway. Now the series is done and, as always, I am sad to say goodbye to people with whom I just spent 600 pages, but I'm glad that everything got wrapped up in the end. I was a bit worried that I'd be lost, given that I read the previous five b ...more
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April Dinucci
I am always sad to see a series such as this end. It must be a very daunting task to have to close out in words the lives of so many loveable characters. This was not my favorite of the wilderness series but the love building relationship between Martha and Daniel was beautifully written as was all the back story of the Bonner crew. I found Mima's story lagging and almost inconsequential by the end. And OHHH the epilogue! What a tear jerker that was. But I must thank the author for such a wonder ...more
What a wonderful series this has been. To me, it has the same effect on me as the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. All these wonderful characters, developing over the time of the series. The stories of each blending in with the ones gone before. The Bonner clan come together in this final book of the series.

I cant recommend this series enough, but please start at the beginning as Sara Donati gives little detail of the stories that have gone before and you really dont want to miss any of it. I
Deb Whicher
The Into The Wilderness series is one of the best I've read in years. Well written with good historical detail. What makes this series one of the best to me? The characters. Ms. Donati (Rosina Lippi), makes you care for the characters whether you love or hate them. I'm now in mourning for Elzabeth, Hannah, Jennet, Hawkeye, Curiosity and Paradise residents in general. I highly recommend this series to people who have been told to read the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon but couldn't get past ...more
The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it’s also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners’ ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.

In the sudden peace that follow
I love this series. I first started it between releases of the Outlander series. It's a different time and different storyline but there is family and caring about each other. It hooked me. The Endless Forest brings everyone back home for closure. We finally hear what happened and see kids grown up. The last years are covered by articles clipped from the local paper. It allows you to keep seeing them as real people with sadness and happiness. It made me cry. I will miss the characters in this se ...more
I absolutely loved this series and the final book was the best one in the series, in my opinion. I am going to miss the characters in this book now that it's over. For those who enjoyed the Outlander series, this is a must-read series as there are a lot of similarities.
Loved this series, so sad that it's finished. All the loose ends were tied up and they all lived happily ever after...until the epilogue, which was probably realistic in that time period, but only made me sad.
This was definitely my favorite book in the series. I especially liked the ending, and thought that Donati did a great job of wrapping up loose ends.
Probably should not have read the epilogue at the hairdressers because I got all choked up.

So sad to see the series end, but it did end on a perfect note.
Shell Schroth
When I manage to peice my heart back 2gether, I may find myself able to write a review......
I usually don't like when a series branches off from the main characters but I thoroughly enjoyed these last two books in the series. These books were still very exciting and just as thoughtful as the very first book in the series. I actually found myself comparing these to Outlander and I think they are definitely just as good. My only complaint about this last book were the newspaper clippings at the very end listing various deaths...some of them main characters and it just felt very unnecessa ...more
Unlike the others in this series the last novel stays mainly in Paradise. There are no crazy journeys that take you across the bush or across state lines. There are no wars involved or epic battle scenes. It's a lot of wrapping up of the Bonner clan and I loved every second of it.

It was a lot of home life and it was interesting to see how the Bonner children grew up and what choices they made with their life. I will say that I was super confused for a bit about who was who because there are SO M
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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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Wilderness (6 books)
  • Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, #1)
  • Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, #2)
  • Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness, #3)
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