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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. 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....
©2009 Sara Donati (P)2009 Random House
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By I like to shop on 05-10-16

Great great great

What made the experience of listening to Dawn on a Distant Shore the most enjoyable?

I read reviews about people not liking the second book as much as the first, but they never take into account that the first book is new, is an unknown story line, unknown characters etc. You have to go into the second book with that awareness. I really loved that this book picked up right where the last book left off. I loved the real emotions I felt when reading this. Genuine anger, happiness and one moment of utter shock and heartbreak. I love when I can feel the book and this one, like the last, gave me that.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love all the characters, but who's favorite ISN'T Robbie!? He's just that lovable guy that is always there and cares way more for others than himself.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth the read. I'm alternating between this series and "The Tea Rose" series (If you haven't read it, DO!!!) and I'm much anticipating returning to Elizabeth and Nathanial and family!!

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By Lia on 04-23-17

Well Written Book

Sequels often are big let-downs, but fortunately that is not the case with "Dawn on a Distant Shore," the second book in a projected five part series that started with "Into the Wilderness."
Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner are still the focus of the story, which moves along at a fairly brisk clip, although it does falter toward the end when the action moves from Canada to Scotland.

Elizabeth still exhibits the same moral and physical courage as she did in the first book of the series. When her husband Nathaniel follows his father Daniel to Montreal, the younger man is also arrested and is likely to be hanged as a spy. Elizabeth, having given birth to twins, takes her babies to Canada in the dead of winter to try to save him. As in the previous book, no one is ever quite who or what they seem, and the Bonners encounter many shady characters in trying to determine Daniel Bonner's heritage....the secret of which lies in Scotland.

Sara Donati is a gifted storyteller. She has a good ear for natural sounding dialogue, her plotting is refreshingly original, and her characters are appealing -- even the "bad guys" have shades of gray in their character. My main criticism of this book had to do with the slowing of the action once the story moved to Scotland, and the fact that Nathaniel's daughter (Hannah or Squirrel) from his first marriage has started to take center stage.

For some reason authors seem to feel compelled to make children in historical novels into little adults, and Hannah is no exception to that "rule." Her emotions are simply too adult-like to be appealing to this reader. However, I still highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something a little different in an historical family saga. The fourth book in the series will be out in hardcover this fall.

Kate Reading was again wonderful with the delivery of the story

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