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Dawn On A Distant Shore (Wilderness #2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  9,646 ratings  ·  331 reviews
Sara Donati's debut novel, Into the Wilderness, was hailed as "epic in scope, emotionally enrapturing, grand adventure" (BookPage)and "a captivating saga...definitely the romance of the year when it comes to transcending genre boundaries" (Booklist). Author Diana Gabaldon called it "one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time, and l ...more
Published 2000 by Bantam
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Following up on my "rejoice, fans of Diana Gabaldon" review, I now urge you all to sit down with a proper cup of strong tea. Chai, if you have it. It's time for a reality check.

My previous whole-hearted "two thumbs up" for Sara Donati's "Into the Wilderness" -- the precursor to this book -- still stands. I was thrilled to find the second novel in my local Half Price Books for a measley $3.50. "Dawn on a Distant Shore" (terrible title) follows our Claire-esque heroine traipsing across the sea to
I was recommended this series because I loved the Outlander series. The first book was ok, and interested me enough to read the sequel.

This book was not as good as the first one, and the first one wasnt great. I never became very attached to the characters, they didn't seem to have much depth and didn't seem real to me. The story was silly. The last quarter of the book takes place in Scotland, and all the Scottish characters' dialogue is written phonetically. It was annoying to read, and very di
Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner do not have easy lives. Being the central characters in a continuing saga is hard work! This second installment finds them barely starting to build their lives together when wham bam they are separated when Nathaniel must leave for Canada to bail out his father and cousin, who have run afoul of the law. Circumstances conspire as they are wont to do, and Elizabeth is soon on her way to Canada when it reaches her that the trio is being held as spies!
This second ins
Well! The best thing I like about a good romance novel is - DETAIL! I like McNaught's for the same reason. All the characters are portrayed so thoroughly, emotions are whipped, situations are usually explained in such great detail and of the lead characters makes a major decision and the plot takes a twist. Donati's are different here. Its an almost predictable plot, with not too wavering characters, steadfast in decisions and all of that. Its usually the situations that play a major ro ...more
Since I enjoyed the first book in this series, Into the Wilderness, I'm not sure why it took me so long to pick up the second book. However, now that I've read it, I don't think I missed much by waiting. This novel just misses some vital spark for me. I also felt a lack of connection to the characters. The fact that I plowed my way through most of this book and then decided to bring other reading material with me on my vacation says it all. I didn't dislike the book, but it was just OK and I wan ...more
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Jenny Q
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This book is the sequel to Into the Wilderness, which I read late last year and really enjoyed. The story picks up right where it left off with a gripping series of scenes in which Elizabeth gives birth to twins at home on Hidden Wolf with only the help of her ten-year-old step-daughter. Meanwhile Nathaniel is trapped in the village by a blizzard, desperate to get home to his wife, whom he thinks is only having one baby. A good way to draw the reader into the story and w
Thom Swennes
Dawn on a Distant Shore
After reading ‘Into the Wilderness’ I picked up the second book of this very memorable series ‘Dawn on a Distant Shore’, from Rosina Lippi (aka Sara Donati). In addition to being an avid reading buff, I am a born animal lover (with a special affinity for canine companions). My heart strings were pulled with the arrival of Treenie, an independent but faithful dog that attached herself to Elizabeth and later Robbie in the first book. Her abrupt and heartless demise left me b
Despite changing the setting not only to a different country but also a different continent and introducing a whole new cast of supporting characters, Donati never loses sight of what made Into the Wilderness so special in her followup novel Dawn on a Distant Shore. After the Bonners learn of their connection to an heirless Scottish Earl, forces seem to conspire against them, taking the family across the Atlantic Ocean to confront their long lost relative. During their adventures, they face jail ...more
I finally read this one, ordered right after I finished the first in the series, and not sure will have the patience for more. While Into the Wilderness was eye opening, different and exciting, this one was more of the same. Same themes were repeated over and over - cuteness of babies, waves of homesickness, untimely deaths due to incurable sicknesses. What seemed like Elizabeth's strengths in the first novel, turned to predictability in the second. There were some neat insights, such as Hanna's ...more
I am really enjoying this series. This 2nd book was much better than the 1st. More character development, more detailing and good plot twists.
Not quite as good as the first in this series. I did enjoy the general premise, but the writing wasn't as smooth as the first. It felt like details were missing, and some sections were not as well thought out as others, etc. Without giving anything away, it felt like it took WAY too long to get to the main point of this part of the story. I'll read another, since these books get such high reviews. It seems that most authors who write a series, always have one or two that don't do much for the re ...more
If you read this, read Into the Wilderness first. I think a reader who likes the Outlander series and doesn't mind some action taking place in the 1790's in frontier New York State would like this book. For me it was 645 pages of the Bonner's attempts to solve their problems and the thwarting of their attempts at each turn. No sooner did I think something would be solved when a twist in the plot made things worse for the characters. Even though they finally were able to do what they wished, I go ...more
The 2nd book in the series, after Into the Wilderness, and a great read. This one didn't keep me up at night like the first one did but I really enjoyed it very much.

It was filled with the same characters I had grown to love and surprises that make me speak out loud in a crowded room with exclamation.

This one is definitely one that flows so well that you realize the book is almost ending but you have yet to get to the end of the story. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

I would definit
"3 Stars!!"

“I’ll come back to you, Boots, and you’ll be healed and we’ll be together. It’ll be warm enough then in the cave. We’ll get to know each other again where we started, you and me. How does that sound?”
Elizabeth brushed the hair away from his face. “It sounds as if you should be up and away, so that you can come home again. ‘Journeys end in lovers meeting,’ after all.”
“That’s one quote I’ll remember.” Nathaniel laughed. “It’ll serve me well on the long road home.”

Ugh I wanted to give th
I had hopes that this second novel would have been filled with corrections of the past sins of it's predecessor, only to find that it had plenty of sins on it's own.

The plot was enjoyable enough- it had twists and turns that weren't quite believable but I was able to swallow them well enough. The problem I had with it was while the first novel in the series had moments of laughable satirical drama, the drama in this sequel was lacking in any realistic solutions. If you have the upper hand, the s
Sarah Beth
This novel continues the story begun in Into the Wilderness. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner are happily married and living at Lake in the Clouds with Nathaniel's half-Native American daughter Hannah. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to twins Daniel and Lily, Nathaniel must travel to rescue his father in Montreal. Nathaniel winds up imprisoned and under threat of being hanged as a spy. In response, Elizabeth takes all three children on the road to try to save her husband's life. After being r ...more
I am so glad I returned to this book and series! After having dnfed it several years after reading about 20% of the print book, I started this book over by audio. The narration is done really well and the story is strong, complex and interesting. The beginning is definitely slow, but after the first 20% I was hooked. Great historical novel.
It was a fun read and a great continuation of the Wilderness series. I can't say I enjoyed it as much as the first novel, but I still could not put it down! I loved reading about the twins and what sort of cute things they'd do. And of course, one cannot do without Nathaniel and his words, that man could make a horses' knees quiver!
Kristin Hedstrom
This is the second installment in the "Into the Wilderness" series, the continuing saga of Elizabeth and Nathaniel and their families. Elizabeth and Nathaniel are trying to make their lives at Lake In The Clouds when they are whisked away to Canada and then to Scotland, much against heir will. For a time, they are separated from each other and their children, which I found heart-wrenching. While the book was interesting with some great twists that made me gasp out loud, it also has some parts th ...more
Carolyn F.
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I started reading this series as a result of searches for books like the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I wasn't sure at first - Diana's books are so intricate and intelligently written that it was hard to really compare. As I began to read the first book, however, I grew to love the characters just the same. It's very easy to become emotionally attached to the characters, places, and events happening throughout the world, just as it is in Outlander. The writing is intelligent and descripti ...more
I'm addicted to this series now. If you loved the Outlander series like me, then you will love this series. Can't wait to start the 3rd book now!
A great follow up story to Into the Wilderness. The series continues to draw you into the extraordinary Bonner family. I couldn't put the story down.
love this series started book three as soon as i finished this one
A.J. Maguire
I've always meant to pick up the second book in this series but never got around to it. I was very glad I found it when I did and admit that I enjoyed this story very much. Donati has a beautiful style and can paint pictures and characters so firmly in mind that you almost think they're sitting right beside you, telling you their story.

The only thing that kept me from placing 5 stars on this book was the ending. After spending so much time in the story I was expecting a bit more of a climax. Wh
I wasn't as taken with this book as I was the first one. While it promised to have a lot of action; kidnappings, rescues, etc., it was actually kind of boring. As a recap (and possible spoiler) the first book covered Elizabeth, a teacher who came to America and fell in love with outdoors man Nathaniel Bonner. Together they secretly elope so they can restore a piece of land to its rightful owners.

We are first taken to Canada where Nathaniel has gone to rescue his father and a Native American frie
So I should definitely explain why I'm only giving this book a 3. I loved Into the Wilderness because it fit precisely into the very narrow window of my kind of book - which involves a historical love story of two people meeting and falling in love. Obviously Dawn on a Distant Shore could never fit into that window, for the simple reason that that part of the story already happened in ITW. I knew this going into DOADS, but I periodically try to break out of my narrow window and, given how much I ...more
Gail Amendt
It took me a while to get through this second installment in the "Into the Wilderness" series, but that is not because it isn't a really good book. It is an amazing book, full of great adventure, interesting and well developed characters and fascinating history. We follow the lives of Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner (son of Hawkeye from Last of the Mohicans) during the politically turbulent time between the American Revolution and the War of 1812, when the world is unsettled by news of the unfold ...more
I will admit it, I wasn’t jumping at the chance to read this book. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the first one “Into the Wilderness”, just the opposite. But to me, the first book ended very well - I was satisfied and didn’t feel the need to carry on the story-line. Well, there I was at the library, in between books, and I happen to see “Dawn on a Distant Shore” . . . so I pick it up.

Exactly, what I was afraid would happen did. The book was too much! Everything seemed to happen to the Bonner
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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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