Dawn on a Distant Shore
In an icy, untamed world of pristine beauty, a husband and wife are torn apart by fate but reunited forever by a love that can't be broken....
An unforgettable love comes alive in this masterful epic of passion, treachery, and adventure....
Award-winning author Sara Donati's debut novel, Into the Wilderness, was hailed as "one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time" (Diana Gabaldon). Now, in an eloquent blend of fact and fiction, Donati re-creates her beloved characters from Into the Wilderness in an enthralling new tale of romance and adventure.
Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, Nathaniel learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father in Montreal, Nathaniel himself is imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as a spy.
In a desperate bid to save her husband, Elizabeth bundles her infants and sets out through the snowy wilderness and across treacherous waterways on the dangerous trek to Canada. But she soon discovers that freeing her husband will take every ounce of her courage and inventiveness — and will threaten her with the loss of what she loves most: her children.
Torn apart, the Bonners must embark on yet another perilous voyage, this time all the way across the ocean to the heart of Scotland, where a destiny they could never have imagined awaits them....
From the Paperback edition.
Praise for Sara Donati's captivating epic Into The Wilderness:
"The author builds a powerful adventure story, animating everyone--German villagers, slaves and Scottish trappers alike--in a gorgeous, vividly described American landscape."
"One of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place. I can think of no better adventure than to explore the wilderness in the company of such engaging and independent lovers as Elizabeth and her Nathaniel."
"Donati's captivating saga is much like the books in Diana Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander series, and it is definitely the romance of the year when it comes to transcending genre boundaries and appealing to readers who love lush historical epics or thrilling backwoods adventure."
"A lushly written novel...Donati, a skillful storyteller, easily weaves historical fact with romantic ambience to create a dense, complex design....Exemplary historical fiction, boasting a heroine with a real and tangible presence."
"Remarkable...A vibrant tapestry...Sara Donati is a skilled storyteller who weaves historical facts into a grand adventure of love, mystery, and intrigue. She takes us to an unfamiliar place and allows us to breathe the air of another time. This is exemplary historical fiction....From page one, the action is nonstop."
"An elegant, eloquent word journey...[The author has a] gift for capturing the history and the lives of the people of that time and place."
--The Tampa Tribune
"Epic in scope, emotionally intense...an enrapturing, grand adventure."
"A splendid read...Wonderful reading, suited for a cold winter's night."
--Rocky Mountain News
"Better buy some midnight oil, for this hugely satisfying novel is a page-turner."
--The Orlando Sentinel
"A rich, involving, fully textured tale. Each time you open a book, you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise."
"A beautiful tale of both romance and survival...Here is the beauty as well as the savagery of the wilderness and, at the core of it all, the compelling story of the love of a man and a woman, both for the untamed land and for one another."
--Allan W. Eckert
"A powerful adventure story."--People
"A skilled storyteller--. Exemplary historical fiction boasting a heroine with a real and tangible presence."--Kirkus Reviews -->
From the Hardcover edition.