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Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
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May 09, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, keeper
Read from May 09 to 19, 2010

I loved this book and, despite its length, I didn't want it to end. It reminded me of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. (And, indeed, a character from Outlander shows up in the novel. Under normal circumstances, this would really irritate me. Not with Donati.) There is definitely an epic quality to this book, but the characters are so compelling and complex that they can sustain the intense scrutiny.

Donati gives readers a good sense of what life was like on the New York frontier in the 18th century. Frontiersman Nathaniel Bonner is all man, a swoon-worthy romantic hero--he's protective, courageous, and completely devoted to Elizabeth, the heroine. Both characters have great depth and Donati gives them more than their fair share of challenges to face.

This book is the perfect blend of adventure, romance, and all-around great story-telling. I'm really looking forward to reading on in the series.
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