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Fire Along the Sky

(Wilderness #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  11,126 ratings  ·  321 reviews
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 c
Mass Market Paperback, 655 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Dell (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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Mishelle LaBrash
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Gail Amendt
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
FIRE ALONG THE SKY by Sara Donati is Book 4 in one of my favorite American Frontier historical series. I like this series so much that even though I have a print copy of this book, when the digital version went on sale I had no qualms about downloading it too. Book 4 did not disappoint, even if it has been awhile since I read the previous books. Luckily, Sara Donati is kind to her readers and includes a complete character list, so it’s easy to jog our memories.

Why this cover for the Cover Girl c
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just loving this saga. I need more audible credits for book 5. Wait til June.
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man I adore this series. It is so satisfying, no, more than that, it's that feeling of contentment and fullness you experience after you have eaten an amazing meal. With all the tantalising flavours besides.

I don't like Lily, at all. Now instead of that making me drop a star, it has made me love the series even more because of how realistic it is. Not everyone in every family is going to be perfect. That is Lily. She is spoilt, bratish and quite selfish, emulating a sibling most people have had
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This story is really too sad.
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Again...💞5 WONDERFUL STARS💞 !!!
I'm amazed. What an incredible writer. 4 books, almost 700 pages each, and I'm as hooked as ever😊 I think I'm gonna cry when the series finishes😝


Enjoyment: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 5/5
Hero: 5/5
Heroine: 5/5
Secondary characters: 5/5
Chemistry/attraction: 5/5
Romance: 5/5
Hotness/Sex scenes: 0.5/5
Angst: 5/5
Drama level: 3/5
Humor level: 3/5
Depth of the book: 3/5
POV: It's "multi" pov
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
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 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My fave in the series!
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-in-print, 2011
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
Rating 3.5

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 Paradise, just as her cousin Jennet is reunited with Luke Bonner. But the war with the British is escalating, and Luke leaves to fight, as does eighteen-year-old Lily Bonner's twin brother Daniel. Lily makes a decision that sends her to
Marian Stauffer
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book in the series about the frontier family of Daniel & Elizabeth Bonner. I love this family and the characters in the book. I love the narrator of the audio version with her variety of voices from British Elizabeth to Scottish Jennet. Hannah of course is the strongest character with her indian & white mixed heritage and the racial attitudes toward her. She has lost her husband & son & has returned to Paradise only to be caught up in the War of 1812. Her brother ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to really enjoy this series, which chronicles the Bonner family's adventures. This novel focuses more on the Bonner children: Hannah, who has returned to Paradise and Lake in the Clouds as a bit of a broken woman; Luke, who has moved back to Montreal from Scotland; Jennet, the cousin we haven't seen much of since she was a young girl at the Carryck estate in Scotland; and Lily and Daniel, who are no longer children and are on the cusp of adulthood. Plenty of tense moments, as always, ...more
Renee Magrum
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The War of 1812 made real

This book continues the saga of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner's lives and their family. Hannah continues to recover after losing her husband and son. Nathaniel's firstborn, Luke, lives and flourishes in Montreal. Daniel and Blue-Jay are prisoners of the English. Lily decides to come home. All of these facts are embellished by Sara Donati to make a powerful and beautiful story. I was eager to turn each page to continue this epic 4 book story. I was captivated by everythi
After struggling to read "Lake in the Clouds", I was almost afraid to try to start this one. But I am happy to say that I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book!! about as much as I did the first! This book had the typical hardships & struggles of the frontier of that time period but there were so many more good & happy times in this one. I loved the relationships between Jennet & Luke and Lily & Simon and I was especially glad to see so much more on Nathaniel & Elizabeth and how the b ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
During the time of the war of 1812, Hannah Bonner comes home to her folks in Paradise, New York. She has lost her husband and her son and herself. Her brother Daniel enlists and is captured. She goes to the prison along with her cousin from Scotland, Jennet to tend to the wounded and try to find a way to bring her brother home. Lily, her younger sister has moved to Montreal to study art. The family of Bonners are involved in many things and this novel of their travails in a very good one in the ...more
Donna Sundre
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 4 of the Into the Wilderness series. I'm still really enjoying these books, and this one is set in the war of 1812, featuring Canada and upper New York. Wonderful characters spanning Scotland, Native American tribes, English, Canadians, French, etc. The Navies were involved in this book, and I have always enjoyed that genre.

Many of my favorite characters are growing older, but the new generations are coming on as well. I love historical fiction with a side of romance, so this is ju
Cyndi Fowles
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fire Along the Sky

Again I could not put this book series down!
There is so much history wrapped up in the lives of the Bonners and it is blended seamlessly with the stories of this family.
Very few plot holes, lots of plot twists and turns.
I remembered Tippeecanoe and Harrison and Tyler from my junior high history, but I did not know the why. Now I know some of it and will have to explore more.
Such a great read!
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this series as audiobooks. This one however has been my favourite so far. It also made me so sad - what happened to Nicholas and Liam. I would also add that for much of the book Lily acted like a petulant child, but regardless of these things, or perhaps because of them, this was excellent. The writing and the flow and characters are great. I can’t wait to read the next one!
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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)
  • The Endless Forest (Wilderness, #6)
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