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Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness Saga 2) Paperback – 4 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186325269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007108299
  • ASIN: 000710829X
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for INTO THE WILDERNESS:

‘Into the Wilderness is one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place.’
Diana Gabaldon

‘Each time you open a book, you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise.’
Amanda Quick

‘Epic in scope, emotionally intense’ BookPage

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In an icy, untamed world of pristine beauty, a husband and wife are torn apart by fate but reunited forever by a love that can't be broken....
An unforgettable love comes alive in this masterful epic of passion, treachery, and adventure....
Award-winning author Sara Donati's debut novel, Into the Wilderness, was hailed as "one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time" (Diana Gabaldon). Now, in an eloquent blend of fact and fiction, Donati re-creates her beloved characters from Into the Wilderness in an enthralling new tale of romance and adventure.
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....
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second in a series of three published books by this author. Following on the heels of the author's enormously popular debut novel, "Into the Wilderness", this novel attempts to pick up where the other one left off. While eminently entertaining, it does not reach the heights of the author's beautifully written, debut novel.
In this sequel, Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have their idyllic married life in late eighteenth century Upstate New York shattered shortly after Elizabeth gives birth to a set of fraternal twins. Nathaniel, upon learning that his father, Hawkeye, an intrepid backwoodsman with strong ties to the Mohawk nation, has been arrested in Canada, departs to the rescue. When he sets foot over the border, he, too, find himself arrested as a spy and imprisoned in Montreal with his father, victim of a sinister plot.
Elizabeth, never one to sit by idly, packs up the twins, and she, too, goes to the rescue. The Bonner men, however, are released through the intervention of others before Elizabeth and her entourage arrive. The hand of fate deals them yet another blow, however, when they all are spirited away by ship to Scotland, where the Catholic Earl of Carryck awaits their arrival. It seems that the Earl has determined that Hawkeye is his long lost first cousin and, consequently, his heir. The Earl means for Hawkeye or Nathaniel to inherit the Earldom, in order to thwart his Protestant adversaries. Unfortunately for the Earl, the entire Bonner family proves to be uncooperative, leading to many adventures, both on land and on the high seas.
Part of the charm of the author's debut novel lay in its telling of life in Upstate New York in the late eighteenth century, with all of its historical underpinnings.
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When I read Into The Wilderness last year, it ended up being one of the top ten books I had read in 2002. Naturally, I was really looking forward to this second book in the series to continue where I left off with Nathaniel and Elizabeth.
In addition to loving the relationship between these two characters, I was also drawn to the setting of Hidden Wolf Mountain at the edge of the New York wilderness. Sometimes I wonder why an author chooses to change the setting of a book when that locale was obviously so successful in the first place. In Dawn on a Distant Shore, Sare Donati forces the reader to accompany the main characters first to Montreal and then on a ship across the ocean to Scotland. This took away from my enjoyment of the book. If I wanted to be in Scotland, I'd be reading Gabaldon's Outlander series and not this one.
With all that said, the main crux of this story is for Donati to get across to the reader how persecuted Catholics were in Scotland in the late eighteenth century and how important it was for them to keep their lands away from the Protestants. To this end, she has Nathaniel finding out that his father, Hawkeye, is a descendant of the Scott's of Carryckcastle in Scotland and the Earl of Carryck is very eager to have Hawkeye come to Scotland to claim his line in the family tree. In doing so, the lands of Carryck would pass on to Hawkeye's son Nathaniel upon the death of the Earl and would consequently remain in the hands of the family....Catholic hands. Needless to say, Hawkeye and Nathaniel have no desire to reside in Scotland so the Earl has no choice but to kidnap Nathaniel's children forcing him to come to Scotland to be reunited with his family. Have I bored you enough yet???
A major part of this story takes place on various ships getting to and from Scotland.
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A great follow up from Into the Wilderness, again the story of the Bonner's kept me captivated the whole time I was reading it, again the characters are so real and you are living the story with them. I recommend this book very highly,I can't wait for the next one, Sara Donati has done it again, a book not to be missed!
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I have just finished reading Dawn on a Distant Shore and enjoyed it every bit as much as Into the Wilderness. The story takes up immediately after the first book finishes with Elizabeth giving birth to twins. This story deals entirely with the efforts of the Earl of Carryck in trying to get Hawkeye, who is discovered to be his cousin and heir, to come to Scotland and claim his inheritance, thus thwarting the protestant Campbell clan from laying claim to his estates. The adventures take Hawkeye, Robbie, Nathanial, Elizabeth, Hannah, Curiosity and the twins accross the seas into perilous waters and much intrigue when they get to Scotland. It is a delight both in romance and adventure - a story to take you out of yourself. I have already started the third book in the series!
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This is the most wonderful story, it pulles you in and makes you believe that you are there. If you could only help them and celebrate with them. I really couldn't put it down, I had to know what was going to happen next.
It could be read on it's own or as part of the Wilderness series.
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This is the most wonderful story, it pulles you in and makes you believe that you are there. If you could only help them and celebrate with them. I really couldn't put it down, I had to know what was going to happen next.
It could be read on it's own or as part of the Wilderness series.
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