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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.

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Hardcover, 640 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published December 15th 2009)
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Laura I agree with Rochelle! It's a very intertwined series with lots of characters. My library did not have any copies in print either - I read them all…moreI agree with Rochelle! It's a very intertwined series with lots of characters. My library did not have any copies in print either - I read them all for free on my Overdrive app, which is connected through my local library and is how they provide e-books. You might check for e-book options, many libraries are really getting up to speed on that option now! It's a great historical series and definitely worth reading all the books.(less)
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Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 6th and final book in the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. Since it was the last one, I wasn't expecting any great adventure and I was right. It was a 'sum it all up' type book. I didn't like the epilogue at all. I didn't like the sudden need for profanity in this when there was hardly any in the previous books. I didn't feel Martha's and Daniel's sex life needed to be drug out multiple times...there was just so much repetition in that. I didn't like how all the men share the same b ...more
Gail Amendt
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the following, posted by the author, on

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
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Re-Read 10/15 ... the Epilogue still made me cry the second time around *sniffle*

"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
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
The Endless Forest is a wonderful way to finish this series. I can't believe I left these books to sit on my bookshelf for so long without reading them. It was quite the haul to read all of the six books, especially as I had returned to work and didn't have as much reading time as I would have liked. I did feel like I still have a couple of unanswered questions, in particularly about Strikes the Sky and Nicholas Wilde but maybe in my haste to get to the end, I've missed some details. This is cer ...more
Audrey Dailey
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the last book in the Wilderness series, and so while it was very good, I'm a little sad that it is over. The pacing and plot were very good, although about half way through I felt like things began to happen not to advance the plot but to wrap up the series. Which is probably typical. The wrap-up was good, although I still have some unanswered questions about Ethan 's marriage and Harper's death. I was also a little disappointed about the lack of time that we spent with Hannah, consider
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan E
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
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Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
April Dinucci
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
I've been reading the Into the Wilderness series for a year and a half and am almost heartbroken that my journey with the Bonner's is over. What a fabulous series! So well written with just enough detail, and just enough realism to make it work. Although I found the Epilogue in Newspaper style interesting, it's still sad when you read about deaths of those you almost consider family (even at 99!)
From the author's website, the
Bonner Family Tree
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Deb Whicher
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin McDonnell-Jones
This one and the fifth one felt forced in it's writing, as if Donati was trying to wrap up the story too aggressively.

This story was comforting because all of the Bonner's returned to Paradise for the first time in three books. However, I'm still struggling with how she decided to end the series with the epilogue. Would it have been better to let all readers use their imagination to determine the fate of all the Bonner's, or should we have been so invested throughout the series (like I was) to
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished listening to the last book of the "Into the Wildernss" series, The Endless Forest.
Six of the most marvelous books! This book wrapped the entire series "up" with a neat ribbon with skill. Almost unable to turn it off to sleep I could NOT wait to hear what happened next.
If you love historically based novels this series is well worth your attention
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
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.
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“I have loved the stars too well to fear the night.
---Elizabeth Middleton Bonner”
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