The Resource Fire along the sky, Sara Donati

Fire along the sky, Sara Donati

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Fire along the sky
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Fire along the sky
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Sara Donati
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eng
Summary
In 1812, Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner mark the return of Nathaniel's daughter Hannah, while her half-brother Daniel joins the militia and his twin, Lily, falls in love with a dark and dangerous stranger
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  • Historical fiction writer Donati continues her popular Wilderness series. These plot-heavy and somewhat dense books (the list of primary characters runs to two pages) focus on the rugged lives of hard men and strong-willed women eking out an existence on the New York frontier. In this new novel, we meet the second generation of the Bonner clan--the sons and daughters of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, two primary characters from the previous entries in the series. As the epic saga unfolds, Nathaniel and Elizabeth try to guide their brood through various calamities and personal relationships. The year is 1812, and their daughter, Hannah, has just returned to the family’s mountain cabin, the victim of a tragedy that has claimed her husband and child. Hannah, once a talented healer, is a forlorn shadow of her former self. In addition, the war drums are beating, and as the War of 1812 intrudes on the family’s life, the village’s young men, including Hannah’s brother, Daniel, are eager to take up arms. Meanwhile, the precocious youngest child, Lily, is growing up fast; a recently widowed cousin from Scotland is also thrown into the mix. Readers will enjoy following all of their stories as well as those of several neighbors and fellow frontiersmen. Donati’s mix of historical fiction and romance is very popular with library patrons, so librarians might want to purchase more than one copy. -- Kathleen Hughes (BookList, 08-01-2004, p1868)
  • Rendezvous Review: 1812 -. Hannah wears her grief like a mantle as she reaches home. No one in Paradise questions her, not even her parents, Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner. Jennet Huntar loves their son, Luke, but married another when he left Scotland for Montreal. Now that she is widowed, Jennet has come to America, determined to make him confess his love. After stopping briefly in Montreal, she continues on to Paradise. Being a distant cousin of the Bonners, Jennet receives a warm welcomed. Hannah hadn't intended to resume practicing medicine, but seeing how ill Dr. Lodd is, she can't refuse aiding his patients. Luke and his partner, Simon Ballentyne, are visiting his family when a courier arrives asking for volunteers. Elizabeth is devastated to learn her son, Daniel, is going. His twin, Lily, is enraged and later that night announces she's going to Montreal to study art and live with Luke. At first he refuses, but later agrees when Simon offers to take her in. Bitter weather, deep sorrow, and tragedy destroy peace in Paradise. FIRE ALONG THE SKY unfolds in a blaze of color. The setting is America in its infancy. Every character is fleshed out, individualized, and necessary to create the community of Paradise. I loved the way the author wets the reader's appetite then feeds them a feast of words, rich with emotions, season with external and internal conflict then served with love. -- Mary Thompson (Reviewed 10-01-2004)
  • Donati continues the saga of the valiant Bonner family, last seen in 2002's Lake in the Clouds , in this sprawling, slow-to-start epic starring four formidable women. It's 1812, and Elizabeth Bonner—teacher, crusader and second wife of hunter/trapper/farmer Nathaniel—is still living in a mountain cabin above the village of Paradise in upper New York State. With her is her restless, independent daughter, Lily, whose plans to study art in England were dashed by the beginnings of the war. Nearby in Montreal is the newly widowed Scotswoman Lady Jennet, who has come to the new world to find the man she should have married, Nathaniel's son Luke. And arriving presently is Hannah, Nathaniel's half-Mohawk daughter by his first wife; after 10 years as a healer with her mother's people, Hannah comes home to recover from a terrible personal tragedy. This saga sees Lily through one disastrous romance and then a second, tempestuous but ultimately successful one, and Lady Jennet—a charming storyteller and Tarot reader—through the American invasion of French Canada, where another Bonner son is wounded and imprisoned. Hannah embarks on a search for peace and, along with Jennet, aids the prisoners held in Canada's Nut Island stockade. This is an episodic but entertaining novel held together by the kind of family loyalties that defy cruelty, war and even fate itself. Agent, Jill Grinberg. (Aug. 31) --Staff (Reviewed August 16, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 33, p44)
  • Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner's adult children take center stage in this fourth novel (after Lake in the Clouds ) in Donati's "Into the Wilderness" series, which takes place during the War of 1812. Daughter Hannah returns home without her husband and child, bearing emotional wounds too deep to discuss. Meanwhile, twins Lily and Daniel, now young adults, set out on their own, Lily to study art in Montreal and Daniel to fight in the war. Donati's usual cast of villagers play a central role: widowed Bonner cousin Jennet Scott leaves her family home in Scotland to reunite with the man she's loved since childhood, conniving Jemima Southern is suspected of the mysterious deaths of a mentally ill woman and a freed slave, and housekeeper Curiosity Freedman serves again as a voice of patience and reason. Fans of earlier titles will not be disappointed, as this novel contains the same combination of romance and adventure, not to mention the most intriguing mystery in the series yet. However, references to characters and events in the previous titles may distract newcomers. Recommended for libraries where historical fiction is popular.—Nanette E. Wargo, Champaign P.L., IL --Nanette E. Wargo (Reviewed October 1, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 16, p68)
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Donati, Sara
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no index present
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Series statement
Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner series
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4
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  • Scottish Americans
  • Women immigrants
  • United States
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Fire along the sky, Sara Donati
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unknown
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1 online resource (viii, 610 pages)
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online
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9780553900644
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computer
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EB00149797
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2515CD8E-5EAF-4911-8B8C-440D60D8A529
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(OCoLC)505647387
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Fire along the sky, Sara Donati
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Publication
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OverDrive eBook
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 610 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780553900644
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
map
Publisher number
EB00149797
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
2515CD8E-5EAF-4911-8B8C-440D60D8A529
System control number
(OCoLC)505647387

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