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Im Herzen der Wildnis (Wilderness #1)

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Paradise heißt der Ort im Staat New York, zu dem sich Elisabeth Middleton 1792 aufmacht. Dort leben ihr Vater und ihr Bruder, und dort will sie Kinder unterrichten - gleichgültig, welcher Hautfarbe und Herkunft. Aber am Rande der Wildnis begegnet sie einem Menschen, der ihr ganzes Leben verändert.
Hardcover, 863 pages
Published 1999 by Heyne (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
Aug 11, 2011 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.
Aug 25, 2012 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.
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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Lucia
Jul 24, 2015 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!
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
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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Melodie
Feb 24, 2015 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 F.
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
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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Cam *is the worst*



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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Kimberly
Jun 29, 2011 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
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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B the BookAddict
Dec 12, 2015 B the BookAddict rated it really 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
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Beth F.
Jul 23, 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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Diane Lynn
I loved this story set in the 1790's, mostly in upper New York State. I was immediately drawn into their lives, the characters and plot were very well done. There is a large cast of characters but fortunately there is a list at the beginning of my book which I had to refer to from time to time. I enjoyed the survival bits in the wilderness and some parts were also suspenseful. My only one minor complaint is that one love scene had a little too much information for me. That didn't affect my overa ...more
Mishelle LaBrash
Aug 28, 2011 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..
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
Nov 13, 2011 Toni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Quinn
Aug 11, 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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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
Shelly
Although this didn't take me as long as I had originally thought it would, I still struggled to finish it. Really, I'm not finished, because there are several more books in the series, but I'm in no rush to read them. I hate to say that after 758 pages, but it's the truth. I didn't love the book, but I didn't hate it either. It was just kinda meh. I hate it when that happens, but whatcha gonna do?

First off, the length really didn't bother me. It's one of the longest books I've tackled in reading
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Marguerite
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MelissaB
I would classify this book as historical fiction with romance in it. The setting is the New York frontier in the late 1700's. I think the author took the characters from the movie last of the Mohicans, then wrote the story of what happened to Hawkeye and Cora's son. The book was very interesting. The secondary characters and the setting were described in great detail. This book is the beginning of a series but I haven't read the rest of the books yet. I think the rest of the books might be even ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Well, it is much slower then Outlander, and not as emotionally connecting...and although I would recommend it for Outlander fans, I would also warn them not to expect another series like Diana Gabaldon's.

Cindy
May 31, 2016 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. . .nice break from the deeper than deep Diana Gabaldon series's. I really liked the characters. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
1st Read 12/3/11

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Mitzi
I listened to this book and liked it a lot. Not up to Outlander quality, but still very good and I’m looking forward to next book in series.
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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.” 5 likes
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