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In Zeiten des Sturms (Wilderness #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  8,921 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
Sara Donati's bestselling saga of an American family's struggle for survival in the northeast wilderness continues. The year is 1812, and Nathaniel's daughter, Hannah, has returned to Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner. But mourning the loss of both husband and child, she is a shadow of a girl they once knew. Nonetheless, she resumes her medical duties in the village of Paradi ...more
Paperback, German Edition, 765 pages
Published 2005 by Heyne (first published 2004)
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Kylie I wouldn't recommend it. There's too much of a backstory to fully understand what is happening without having read the others.
Cristy Kawaoka Yes, distantly. Remember Luke's father is Nathaniel, who is descended from the Earl of Carryck (thus the plot to kidnap his children and bring them to…moreYes, distantly. Remember Luke's father is Nathaniel, who is descended from the Earl of Carryck (thus the plot to kidnap his children and bring them to Scotland). Jennet is the illegitimate daughter of the now deceased Earl of Carryck. (less)
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Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 in the Wilderness series picks up the Bonners ten years after Hannah's marriage and departure from the family nest. It chronicles her journey back to the family having lost her husband and son. I found this to be jarring and a big disappointment. However throughout the course of the book the holes in her marital history are filled in somewhat, but not to my satisfaction.
The rest of the Bonners and their relationships with the citizens of Paradise are given a lot of ink and I was glad of
Gail Amendt
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a bit of a hiccup with the third book, this series is back on track with the fourth. Set ten years after the last book, we find the Bonner children grown, Hannah returned from the west having lost her husband and son, and the family being caught up in the War of 1812. We see small snippets of the war as it played out along the border between New York and Quebec, but never the big picture, and while for me that is a little frustrating, I also appreciate that it is exactly the way war is exp ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am completely enjoying this series. The thing I liked the most is that these books pull me in and they become a bit of an escape for me (which I'm needing this summer). I wish I had more to read to get me through the next week or two. I love this kind of historical fiction. It covers multi generations. It also has great characters and a great historical background.

The characters from previous books were evolving in this book (the 4th in the series) and there were some new characters introduced
Mishelle LaBrash
An absoloute, without a doubt 5 + star read for me~ Until it wasn't....

WHY, Sara?~ Why would you do this to your fans? I dont see the sense in it at all, other than to shatter our hearts and kill all hopes we had... all the books~ All the time invested and the WAITING for that certain IMPORTANT SOMETHING to finally happen~ For what? For that? My heart was constantly in my throat as I caught on to the early hints, for that long awaited moment~ Page after page, at warp speed~ Gitty with excitement
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, after the last book in the series I was sure that I wouldn't read another one... I was wrong. Somehow "Fire" found it's way into my shopping bag after a brief trip to the local BAM.

I was so happy that Donati didn't kill off Curiosity Freeman but was shocked that Dr. Richard Todd met an early and quite painful demise. Hannah's husband (who just appears out of nowhere in "Lake in the Clouds") never really materlizes in "Fire." His story was poorly told and their marriage was a complete waste
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just loving this saga. I need more audible credits for book 5. Wait til June.
I couldn't bring myself to like this novel as much as the others in the series. As a bit of a recap, the series starts out with Elizabeth coming to America from England to be a school teacher. A self professed spinster, she is surprised when she falls in love with outdoors-man Nathaniel Bonner. She elopes with him in an effort to not only be with him forever, but also restore property rightfully to the people who own it. The next novel is a bit down the road and she has just given birth to twins ...more
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this series because I read The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon and LOVED it. I heard that Clair/Jamie, from Outlander, made an appearance in these books so I had to read it.

It wasn't as good as Outlander but I did enjoy the story and the characters very much. It's much along the same lines as Outlander (without the time travel) and very well written. You get invested in the characters and want to follow them though life.

I've read the entire series and LOVE how it matures with the
When I first picked up Into the Wilderness and started reading I nearly died of happiness to see the characters from one of my favorite movies (The Last of the Mohicans) in it!!!!The first three books were wonderful and fabulously written. Watching Elizabeth and Nathaniel's relationship grow and their children was an absolute pleasure. I did have some hesitations at first with Lake in the Clouds, but Donati's style and writing cleared up some of the earlier hesitations I had.

Now onto Fire Along
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to really get involved in this segment of the Bonner's story. I can't quite determine why as I've been eager to hear more about Jennet since she was first introduced. I was a bit upset that Hannah's story took such a sad turn after the bright childhood she had. I loved watching Lily & Simon fall for each other, and Luke and Jennet keep me happy as well. I wanted to know more about how Blue Jay suddenly came home with a wife having found her sometime after leaving the prisoner ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHAT!!! That's how you're going to end a book! Like in a middle of an episode of a show in the muiddle of it's season. I see your game Ms. Donati...Queen of Swords next it is!

Good thing you filled thing you filled this book with sexy men. ;)
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I enjoyed following the Bonner women into this book. Loved Lily and her many spirited remarks and her courage. Hannah's story is so sad and yet i know she is do for some real love. I loved it!! Fast paced, new story line and new romance for the young Bonner women.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving this series!
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, owned-in-print
Another deliciously addictive chapter of this sweeping family saga
Alexandria Brim
In her fourth book, nearly ten years have passed since Lake in the Clouds. The War of 1812 has started and not even the residents of Hidden Wolf are spared. Lily, ready to go study art abroad, has her plans put on hold. Her brother Daniel and their cousin Blue Jay long to go fight. Elizabeth wishes to keep all her children on Hidden Wolf, safe. And into this walks Hannah, a shadow of her former self. The Bonners are also surprised by the arrival of Luke, Nathaniel's illegitimate son, and Jennet, ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Bonner is returning to her home, she has lost her husband and her son. Jennet is on her way to Luke, her husband of 10 years has died and now she can be with the person she truly loves.

The twins Lily and Daniel have grown up, Lily is quite the artist and feels constrained living in Lake in the Clouds, while Daniel wants to join the war against the British in the War of 1812.

Many things will change in the course of this novel, will Hannah tell her tale of Tecumseh and her part in it, will
Pam Joslin
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Sara Donati has woven a tale that's hard to put down from start to finish. It's so interesting, it's hard to remember that you're hearing a little about a bit of American history. The extended family encompasses all of the spirit and the genetic makeup of the American eastern frontier. I'll be glad to continue reading the saga of the Bonner family in the Wilderness books to come.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Everyone of us has got a few demons that we carry with us wherever we go, whether we want to or not. They can't be shook off or run away from." They need to be dealt with and not avoided.

Love the continued story of the Bonner family and friends.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent series for anyone who enjoys a good generational historical novel. Sara Donation has a real gift for pulling her readers into New York and Canada in the late 1700.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it took me longer to read (I read other books in between). I am enjoying this series. Onto book 5--Queen of Swords.
This story is mostly about Lily with a little Hannah and Jennet thrown in. Huge cliffhanger with Jennet.

I would have given 5 stars except for the cliffhanger and the unanswered question of what happened to the married man.
Cynthia Frazer
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it in two days, didn't get much else done.
Jenny Q
4.5 Stars. Ten years have passed since Hannah married Strikes-the-Sky and walked west with him to live among his people and now she is back in Paradise, alone, a quiet shell of her former self. She's not the only one who's found their way home to the welcoming arms of the Bonner family. Her newly widowed cousin from Scotland, Jennet, has arrived looking to rekindle her relationship with her first love, Hannah's half-brother Luke. Luke's home, too, and he's brought his business partner, fellow Sc ...more
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Laurel Bradshaw
One of my favorite authors.

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With epic sweep and breathtaking adventure, Sara Donati’s bestselling saga of an Early American family’s struggle for survival in the Northeast wilderness continues with the story of an indomitable woman and an unforgettable journey of redemption across a young nation threatened by the flames of war.

The year is 1812 and Hannah Bonner has returned to her family’s mountain cabin in Paradise. But Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner can see that
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolutefavs
Read for the third time. April 2011

Reading again for the second time. Love this series. July 2010

Sara Donati’s continuing saga of the Bonner family in Early America is another great addition to the series. Its sbeen 10 years since Hannah has been home to her family and she has lost much in those years. She has come home alone without her husband and her son. She is broken and speeks nothing of what has happened
Sammy Jarvis
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fire along the sky was absolutely, hands down the best book in the series so far.

So much happened in this book that it was hard to put it down. Donati introduced a few new characters to Paradise which was a really refreshing break.

Please note my review is SPOILER FREE.

I absolutely loved getting to know Lily and Simon Ballentine. I read some reviews that said Lily was dreadful annoying, immature and unsettled. I loved this about her character. I think it was Hannah who said something along the
Once again, I find myself captivated by the story in this series. I'm listening to the audio book and Kate Reading does a wonderful job rendering the many characters in the story in a believable way.

In this story, the focus shifts away (but not too much) from Nathaniel and Elizabeth to the children: Daniel, Lily and Hannah. Jennet also is a key character in the story as well as the Nathaniel's oldest son Luke. Daniel is off to the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain, Lily is restless and go
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stunning 5 star read in this series. I'm a bit of a history buff, so love the historical detail (although some liberties were obviously taken). As a Canadian, I also found it interesting to see the American view on the War of 1812. I had originally put off reading this installment, as after reading the blurb I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Hannah's heartbreaking situation. Yes, some tears were shed on my part for sure as we learned further details, but I thought it was very w ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Wilderness (6 books)
  • Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, #1)
  • Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, #2)
  • Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness, #3)
  • Queen of Swords (Wilderness, #5)
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