Sara Donati weaves a grand adventure set in the pioneering days of New York, building on The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper and mixing in some Jane Austen style characters. This book series could be classified as historical fiction or historical romance. The amount of historical research that must go into each novel is incredible and the stories are completely captivating. I am very interested in the characters and when I’ve finished a book I wonder about the characters and what they’ll do next.
If you haven’t read this series you’re in for a treat because the final book has been written. You can read the series straight through if you wish, with no waiting months and months for the next book to come out.
Plot Summary for the Into the Wilderness Series
Elizabeth Middleton has come from England to New York to live with her father and brother on the pretext that she will be a teacher in a school her father will build for her. It turns out that her father has ulterior motives. He intends to marry her off to a man who holds lands that he wants to control. Being the independent young woman that she is, Elizabeth falls in love with another man and will have none of it. This is the tale of the love story and the grand adventures of Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner and their friends and children.
At different times, the story takes different members of the Bonner family to Scotland, Montreal, New Orleans, and the French Antilles, but they always come home to the mountain called Hidden Wolf at Lake in the Clouds.
Here are the books in order.
Into the Wilderness
Dawn on a Distant Shore
Lake in the Clouds
Fire Along the Sky
Queen of Swords
The Endless Forest
Readers of the Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati often compare the series to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. That is also a great book series that is currently being made into a TV series. At one point the two authors met online and some characters from Diana’s books made an appearance in one of Sara’s books. They both happened to be writing about the battle of Saratoga. One of Diana’s characters was a doctor and one of Sara’s characters was in need of one. Kind of fun if you are a fan of both authors.
If you love history and romance you’ll love the Into the Wilderness book series by Sara Donati. I haven't read this series in a while. I'm thinking it would be a good time to dig out my books and hunker down for the duration.