Written By: Sara Donati

Narrated By: Kate Reading

Date: July 2009

Duration: 30 hours 30 minutes


Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place . . . and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

When Elizabeth Middleton, twenty-nine years old and unmarried, leaves her Aunt Merriweather's comfortable English estate to join her father and brother in the remote mountain village of Paradise on the edge of the New York wilderness, she does so with a strong will and an unwavering purpose: to teach school.

It is December of 1792 when she arrives in a cold climate unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man different from any she has ever encountered—a white man dressed like a Native American, tall and lean and unsettling in his blunt honesty. He is Nathaniel Bonner, also known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives.

Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village—white, black, and Native American—Elizabeth soon finds herself at odds with local slave owners. Much to her surprise, she clashes with her own father as well. Financially strapped, Judge Middleton has plans for his daughter—betrothal to local doctor Richard Todd. An alliance with Todd could extract her father from ruin but would call into question the ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where Nathaniel, his father, and a small group of Native Americans live and hunt.

As Judge Middleton brings pressure to bear against his daughter, she is faced with a choice between compliance and deception, a flight into the forest, and a desire that will bend her hard will to compromise and transformation. Elizabeth's ultimate destiny, here in the heart of the wilderness, lies in the odyssey to come: trials of faith and flesh, and passion born amid Nathaniel's own secrets and divided soul.

Interweaving the fate of the remnants of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati's compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America.


  • Karla Belton

    Great book! Will be downloading the next book very soon!!! A worthy read while I wait for Diana Gabaldon's next gift to her fans!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Charlotte M

    Loved the historic setting with the fiction adding reality and emotion to the Characters and the reality of the impact of what happened back then. A good story well done with many unexpected twists and turns. Reader kept character separate and distinct!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Abbe Hildebrandt

    I am not a romanticist at heart, so this novel was a bit too mushy for my tastes. The narration was mediocre and I found some of her accents to be downright corny. This appeared to be heavily influenced by The Outlander series, just not up to par with Diana Gabaldon's lovely style of writing or the historical research behind her writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kristin P.

    narriration for this book was not the greatest. Not really enjoying it because of it. I've read this book before So I knew I enjoyed it. it's still a good read, but the narrative did nothing for the tone of the books. I felt her "voices" for some of the characters were not a good choice. this takes away from getting lost in it.

  • Carol M.

    Well written historical romance that was very good. While some compare it favorably to the Outlander series I found it lacking the character development and plot twists of Outlander. (Time travel opens so many more possibilities) The dialogue could be written better but overall I would recommend the book. The narrator is also very good although I have a hard time with her voice of the main character Nathaniel.

  • carla D

    The book was very good lots of adventure kept you wanting more. The narrator made each character come to life.

  • Elaine Myke

    Loved it. Well written and narrated. I had just finished reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, so I was thrilled when 2 of the characters from that series were mentioned. Ian Murray and Clair Fraser when the Battle of Saratoga was being related to Elizabeth. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series.

  • Beth Kantor

    Great book. Well written. I will move on to the next in her series. Only complaint on the audio book is the narrator is not stellar.

  • Sasha Allison

    Great. I really enjoyed it. Being a Diana Gabaldon fan, this book was just my style. The story was colorful with plenty of characters, and enough romance to satisfy me!

  • Angelia McLean

    It went on and on and on-I found it to be a little too detailed and at times brutal. There was always some crisis which makes one wonder how in the world the characters will survive or how they actually did by virtue of the author's pen! Well written but just couldn't give it 4 or 5 stars for the length that was relentless.

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