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With a master storyteller's skill and a historian's precision, Sara Donati has delighted readers and critics alike with her best-selling novels of the 19th-century New York frontier. Now she brings us The Endless Forest, set in the remote village of Paradise, where the Bonner family that readers first met in Into the Wilderness make their home.

The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it's also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.

In the sudden peace that follows the storm, as families struggle to rebuild, childhood friends Martha and Daniel, Lily's twin brother, suddenly begin to see each other in a new light. But their growing bond is threatened when Martha's mother arrives back in Paradise a decade after abandoning her daughter. Jemima Southern is a dangerous schemer who has destroyed more than one family, and her anger touches everyone, as do her secrets. Has Jemima come to claim her daughter or does she have something else in mind? Whatever happens, Martha and Daniel and all the Bonners must stand united against the threats to both heart and home.

Painful secrets and hidden sorrows, joy, heartbreak, and passion follow the Bonners through a season of change and renewal. A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance in a fascinating place and time, The Endless Forest will be remembered long after the last page is turned.

©2010 Sara Donati (P)2010 Random House

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Kate Reading

So much of an audio book is dependent on the reader. I have listened to all six (I think six) books in the Wilderness series. Ms. Reading’s performance and the sound mixing are by far better than other audio books to which I have listened.

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Only one Regret

My only regret upon finishing this book is that it is the end of one of the most outstanding series I have read or listened to. I have read reviews of people who said it is not as good as Outlander. I disagree. I have listened to all the Outlander books and loved them, and I've listened to all of this series and in my opinion this series was the better of the two.

This series expanded the family and built a cast of characters more realistic and enjoyable than those in the Outlander series.

Ms Reading's narration throughout the series was outstanding, and having such a good narrator for every book made the journey smooth, while the change of narrators in the Outlander series was often jarring.

The bottom line is that Ms Donati has written a wonderful series that takes the reader on a 34 year journey through some of the most deadly years of the American frontier with a family who stands strong together throughout the journey, and Ms Reading's dramatic narration with almost perfect accents of all the varied characters brings it to life for the listener.

The entire six books of this series is an investment well worth the credits.
I will be listening to it again very soon.

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Well Worth The Wait

About time! I have been waiting for this since Queen Of Swords ... and it was well worth the wait. Sara wraped this series up very nicely.

While I will truly miss NEW adventures of the Bonner family and Paradise .... Their story will be with me always since I am positive I will re-read and/or re-listen often. THANK YOU Sara for sharing this wonder family with us. And THANK YOU Kate for breathing true life into each character thru your reading. BRAVO!!!!

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Good wrap up

Loose ends of the series are tucked in. Lively satisfying way to wrap up the series in this 6th book.

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Great series

Highly recommend this series and beautifully read. Start from the beginning! You won’t be disappointed.

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excellent end of series

this was an excellent end to the series and my 2nd favorite my with book 1 as my favorite. hard to put down but had a satisfying ending.

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A Great Saga

We enjoyed this story a great deal. Not only was it engaging but it also offered countless details of daily pioneer life. The writer is skillful with both story and character development. We did occasionally wonder if such a group of well-educated pioneers might have actually existed or not. Nevertheless, the story kept us much engaged.

One point of contention: Although we'd listened to the previous book ages ago, we'd forgotten a great deal, and the author throws a LOT of characters at you in the first few chapters. I almost gave up. Even later in the book characters just appear as if you're supposed to know who they are by then.

But it was well worthwhile and I believe better than the predecessor. Also the narrator did an amazing job with the various characters and accents.

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Great series

Sad to see it come to an end.. love historical fiction - learned a bit about the war of 1812 and enjoyed the pace

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Great Series and characters

Great book. I will miss Nathaniel and Elizabeth's cast of characters. Enjoyed Kate Reading's narration.

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Slow and boring

Listen until chapter 9 then deleted. Slow and boring....don't waste your time on this title.

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