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Dawn on a Distant Shore

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Dawn on a Distant Shore

Wilderness Series, Book 2
Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New York wilderness in the winter of 1794. Soon word reaches them that Nathaniel's father has been arrested by...
Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New York wilderness in the winter of 1794. Soon word reaches them that Nathaniel's father has been arrested by...
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  • Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New York wilderness in the winter of 1794. Soon word reaches them that Nathaniel's father has been arrested by crown officials in British Canada. Nathaniel sets out, determined to see his father freed. Instead, Nathaniel is imprisoned and finds himself in danger of being hanged as a spy. Elizabeth soon discovers that freeing Nathaniel will take every ounce of her courage and inventiveness. Torn apart, the Bonners must embark on another voyage...this time to the heart of Scotland where a wealthy Earl claims kinship with Nathaniel's father. With this journey, a whole new world opens up to Nathaniel and Elizabeth - and a destiny they could never have imagined awaits them.Better buy some midnight oil, for this hugely satisfying novel is a page-turner. (Orlando Sentinel)

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    1 February, 1794

    On the edge of the New-York wilderness


    In the middle of a blizzard in the second half of the hardest, snowiest winter anyone in Paradise could remember, Elizabeth Middleton Bonner, sweat soaked, naked, and adrift in burning pain, wondered if she might just die of the heat.

    Once again she grabbed the leather straps tied to the bed frame to haul herself forward, and bore down with all her considerable strength.

    "Come, little one," sang the girl who crouched, waiting, at the foot of the bed. Her ten-year-old face was alight with excitement and fierce concentration, her bloodied hands outstretched, beckoning.

    From a basket before the warmth of the hearth came the high, keen wail of Elizabeth's firstborn: a daughter, just twenty minutes old.

    "Come, child," crooned Hannah. "We are waiting for you."

    We are all waiting for you.

    In the grip of a contraction that threatened to set her on fire, Elizabeth bore down again and was rewarded with the blessed sight of a crowning head. With shaking fingers she touched the slick, wet curls and her own flesh, stretched drumtight: her body on the brink of splitting itself in two.

    One last time, one last time, one last time. She strained, feeling the child flex and turn, feeling its will, as strong as her own. Elizabeth blinked the sweat from her eyes and looked up to find Hannah's gaze fixed on her.

    "Let him come," the girl said in Kahnyen'keh^ka. "It is his time."

    Elizabeth pushed. In a rush of fluid her son, blue-white and already howling, slid out into her stepdaughter's waiting hands. With a groan of relief and thanksgiving, Elizabeth collapsed backward.

    For one sweet moment, the wailing of the newborns was louder than the scream of the blizzard rampaging through the Endless Forests. Their father was out there, trying to make his way home to them. With her arms crossed over the warm, squirming bundles Hannah laid against her skin, Elizabeth muttered a prayer for Nathaniel Bonner's safe delivery from the storm.

    As Elizabeth labored, the small handful of farmers and trappers with the good sense to be stranded by the blizzard in Paradise's only tavern sat huddled over cards and ale, waiting out the weather. While the winds worked the rafters like starving wolves at a carcass, they told stories in easy, slurred voices, but they watched their cards and tankards and the long, straight back of the man who stood, motionless, at the window.

    "Strung as tight as my fiddle," muttered one of the card players. "Say something to him, Axel."

    Axel Metzler shrugged a shoulder in frustration, but he turned toward the window. "Set down, Nathaniel, and have a drink. I broke out my best ale, here. And the storm won't be letting up for you staring at it."

    "Women will have babies at the worst times," announced the youngest of the men solemnly.

    "Now, what would you know about it, Charlie? You got a wife hid away somewhere?"

    "A man don't need a wife of his own to see that it's damn hard luck to have run into this weather."

    The storm raised its voice as if to argue. The roof groaned in response, and a fine sifting of dust settled over the room and the uncovered tankards.

    Axel plucked the pipe from his mouth in disgust and pointed his tattered white beard toward the heavens, exposing a long neck much like that of a plucked turkey. "Shut up, you old Teufel! Quiet!"

    The winds howled once more, let out a longish whine, and fell silent. For a moment the men stared at each other and then Axel tucked his pipe back in the corner of his mouth with a satisfied grunt.

    A woman appeared at...

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  • AudioFile Magazine Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner don't want to leave their home deep in the Adirondack mountains, but a distant cousin of Nathaniel's will stop at nothing to lure them to the Scottish home of their ancestors. The adventure includes interracial families, piracy on the high seas, murder and civil unrest. Kate Reading draws us into the story without our having been aware of her performance at all. Her thoughtful and consistent characterizations include dialects of Native American, British and Scottish characters, and the last of these is especially thorough and convincing. Her performance of the very elderly and cantankerous pirate Anne Bonnie brings the historical figure to vivid and colorful life. Reading maintains her involvement in the story right through the last tape, making the listener sorry to see it end. R.P.L. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine
  • People "The author builds a powerful adventure story, animating everyone--German villagers, slaves and Scottish trappers alike--in a gorgeous, vividly described American landscape."
  • Diana Gabaldon "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."
  • Booklist "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."
  • Kirkus Reviews "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."
  • Tulsa World "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."
  • The Tampa Tribune "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."
  • BookPage "Epic in scope, emotionally intense...an enrapturing, grand adventure."
  • Rocky Mountain News "A splendid read...Wonderful reading, suited for a cold winter's night."
  • The Orlando Sentinel "Better buy some midnight oil, for this hugely satisfying novel is a page-turner."
  • Amanda Quick "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."
  • Allan W. Eckert "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."
  • Kirkus Reviews --> "A skilled storyteller--. Exemplary historical fiction boasting a heroine with a real and tangible presence."
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