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The endless forest : a novel
Donati, Sara
Adult Fiction DONATI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Say good-bye to Elizabeth Bonner and her brood with this graceful, sweeping conclusion to Donati's frontier-era Wilderness series (following Fire Along the Sky), focusing mostly on returning characters Martha, Callie, Daniel Bonner and Ethan Bonner, and their perpetual adversary, Jemima Southern, "as close to a witch as [the town] had ever come." In 1824, troublemaker Jemima returns to rural Paradise, N.Y., and Bonner men Ethan and Daniel realize the only way to save the property of their friends Callie and Martha is to marry them, arrangements born of necessity that quickly become stronger than anyone expected. Before leaving for good, however, Jemima surprises the people of Paradise by revealing the secrets that they've kept from each other. Donati will satisfy and, in some cases, delight her longtime readers by wrapping up nearly every story line, confidently tracking a huge cast and their individual conflicts. Those new to Donati's work would be better served starting at the beginning of the series with Into the Wilderness it's nearly impossible to pick up at this point but any reader will be won over, sooner or later, by Donati's affection for her tough, complex characters. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The sixth and final book in pseudonymous author Donati's ( "Wilderness" saga-following Queen of Swords (2006), also available from Books on Tape and Random Audio-takes place in Paradise, NY, in 1824. Nathaniel Bonner and his wife, Elizabeth, still preside over their sprawling family, only now the focus is on the younger generation of Bonners and on the return of family nemesis Jemima Southern. While Donati credibly describes life in the wilderness, audiences should read/listen to the series in its proper order, as this volume leaves too much background to be caught up on otherwise. Except for Jemima, who provides much of the book's color and interest, the characters are mostly flat and predictable. Still, pseudonymous narrator Jennifer Mendenhall, who reads here as Kate Reading, captures the characters well with her distinctive voice and notable mastery of the Scottish accents. Fans of the series will be eager for this one. [See Prepub Exploded, LJ Online 8/6/09.-Ed.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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