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Lake in the Clouds

By Sara Donati

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Published In: Australia, 01 August 2002
The epic tale of love and adventure on the American frontier, which captured the hearts and minds of readers all over the world in first "Into the Wilderness" and then "Dawn on a Distant Shore", continues in this eagerly awaited third book in a beloved and bestselling series from a master storyteller. "Lake in the Clouds" picks up the story of the spirited Elizabeth and her beloved frontiersman Nathaniel, known by the Mohawk as 'Between-Two-Lives', in spring 1802. Nathaniel's beautiful half-Indian daughter Hannah, has become a gifted healer but her determination to nurse a dangerously ill slave who is discovered near the family home puts her life in peril. Her decision places both her family and her heart in jeopardy for the bounty hunter tracking the runaway is Hannah's childhood friend and first love.


In this overly long and melodramatic sequel to Into the Wilderness, Donati continues the saga of the Bonner family as they struggle to survive in the wilderness of New York in 1802. They live on a secluded farmstead, high up on a mountain; the nearest town is named Paradise, a cruel joke for a place full of suspicious, fearful gossipmongers. Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner are solid citizens and loving parents, a kind of Ward and June Cleaver in buckskin. Hannah, a bright, courageous young woman who dreams of becoming a doctor, is Nathaniel's half-Mohawk daughter by his first wife. The plot involves all the Bonners, and their white and Indian relatives and friends, in the dangerous scheme of smuggling escaped slaves north to freedom in Canada. Add spurned lovers, bounty hunters, scheming women, colorful crackpots, racial prejudice, cruelty, murder, robbery, illicit sex, smallpox and an epidemic of scarlet fever, and 600 pages go by pretty quickly. There is little suspense, despite the smuggling plotline, and the reader is left merely to keep track of scores of characters (many of whom die during the epidemic). Hannah is the most compelling figure, as she tries to combine Indian and white man's medicines and be accepted in an insular, male-dominated profession while also dealing with an old flame who's tracking a runaway slave. Donati's descriptions of early 19th-century medical procedures, remedies and primitive vaccination techniques are graphic and authentic. Although the story could have been trimmed by at least 100 pages, it will still please fans of soap-opera-style historical fiction. (Aug. 6) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9781863252775
ISBN: 1863252770
Publisher: Bantam
Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.4 centimetres (0.51 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Anne renall on
Great read, good if you've got time on holiday or just as your regular bedtime read.
Easy reading great story lines - love the era of pioneering families.
I 1st read Sara Donati when on holiday, I'd finished all the material I had bought with me and found the second of this series at the place I was staying ( my husband also read it ) and when I got home I looked up the rest of the series and started buying them all.
Fiction but with very interesting history attached.
Would highly recommend the series to anyone man or woman

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