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Publisher's Summary

In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, award-winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast, untamed wilderness of late-18th-century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family. Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nation's past - and in the life of the spirited Bonners - as their oldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever. Masterfully told, this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient, adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century. It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah's half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth's school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides - one Scots grandmother and one Mohawk - and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.
After a long night spent attending to a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain. She calls herself Selah Voyager, and she is looking for Curiosity Freeman - a former slave herself, one of the village's wisest women and Elizabeth's closest friend. The Bonners take Selah, desperately ill, to Lake in the Clouds to care for her, and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost 10 years. The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge. For a bounty hunter is afoot - Hannah's childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby.
©2003 Sara Donati (P)2009 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By I like to shop on 06-10-16

Another great installment

In this series I would say I enjoyed the first two more, but honestly I think its because I went into it just after (and I mean just, like minutes after) reading The Winter Rose (from The Tea Rose series which is also fantastic!). This book was very good and I did enjoy it. There was a lot about slavery, medical issues, specifically smallpox, and New York. This author does a great job of taking history and putting it to fiction so we can get a good image of the times. I never realized how the smallpox vaccine came about and its crazy to me how they harvested and gave it!
It was nice to see Hannah growing into a woman, but I relate to her as a mother so I was glad, really glad, that the author kept her intimate scenes to a bare minimum. Lol. I always enjoy continuing to know characters from the previous books and there were plenty. I do wish that Hannah and Liam could have been a couole though! Maybe in the next book? Oops.. Is that a spolier? If so, sorry.

Overall it was a wonderful contribution to the series and after I get through a couple other books in line before it, I look back to getting on to the next book.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By sandy on 04-22-14

Not as good

This book was not as good as the others in the series. Even so it's better than most other books plus the narrator keeps me coming back.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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