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Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, Book 2) (edition 2001)

by Sara Donati

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Title:Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, Book 2)
Authors:Sara Donati
Info:Bantam (2001), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
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Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati

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This book is the second in Sara Donati's Wilderness series - but little of it takes place in the wilderness of New York State in the late 1700s, unlike the first book.

Instead, this one has heroine Elizabeth Middleton Bonner and much of her family - increased by the birth of her twins Lily and Daniel at the beginning of the book - traveling to Canada (Montreal and Quebec) and ultimately by ship to Scotland.

The plot is rather far-fetched, and the brogues of SO many Scottish characters are hard to understand at times - although audiobook narrator Kate Reading helps. Still, it was interesting enough to keep me going with this series.

© Amanda Pape - 2016

[The e-audiobook, and a print copy for reference, were borrowed from and returned to public libraries.] ( )
1 vote riofriotex | Nov 3, 2016 |
Book 2 of the "Into the Wilderness" series - in reading some reviews it appears that some found this lengthy without content - I however enjoyed the continued escapades and near death experiences of the "Bonner Family Saga" - Nathaniel and Elizabeth now parents of more than just Hannah find themselves on an unplanned voyage to Scotland to lay claim to a family estate that is neither wanted or revered - The story ends with sadness and tragedy and with an interesting twist to continue into Book 3. As a true fan of "Outlander" it is NOT the same, worse or better...but finishing that series this series is interesting enough for me to continue on the journey with Elizabeth and Nathaniel. ( )
  booklovers2 | Jul 2, 2016 |
Wonderfully entertaining!! I love the vivid descriptions about the characters and scenery. Reading made me feel like I was experiencing the adventures first-hand!! ( )
  LeslieMitchell | Dec 17, 2015 |
So I should definitely explain why I'm only giving this book a 3. I loved Into the Wilderness because it fit precisely into the very narrow window of my kind of book - which involves a historical love story of two people meeting and falling in love. Obviously Dawn on a Distant Shore could never fit into that window, for the simple reason that that part of the story already happened in ITW. I knew this going into DOADS, but I periodically try to break out of my narrow window and, given how much I loved ITW, I thought this had a good shot. But the entire time I just wanted to see more of Elizabeth and Nathaniel's relationship (which it did have a fair amount of, but not the part that I enjoy and woven into so much else going on). Understandably the author had started to move beyond just them and their relationship - and again, to be fair, she had already sepnt 900 pages on that in ITW - apparently that just wasn't enough for me! :)

I also loved the setting of ITW in the NY wilderness in the late 18th century and DOADS takes the Bonners to Montreal, sailing acorss the Atlantic and then Scotland. Almost no time is spent in NY.

DOADS is more of an adventure story than ITW was. The narrative also switches from Elizabeth to Hannah quite a bit. As I understand it, the following books focus more on Hannah so it makes sense that Donati is setting that up.

Another small (tiny really) problem I had was the plot line with Luke which gelt a little rushed/tacked on onto the end. That never felt completely developed to me.

All of this said, DOADS is a well written (although the Scots was a little hard to understand sometimes, I've read better accents before)and entertaining book and I can totally understand why most other people have given it 4s and 5s. For me though, I was missing Elizbaeth and Nathaniel as they fell in love and kept taking breaks to go back to ITW and reread my favorite parts from that. ( )
  emmytuck | Sep 27, 2013 |
I am so glad I returned to this book and series! After having dnfed it several years after reading about 20% of the print book, I started this book over by audio. The narration is done really well and the story is strong, complex and interesting. The beginning is definitely slow, but after the first 20% I was hooked. Great historical novel. ( )
  ReginaR | Aug 3, 2013 |
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Sara Donati's novel Dawn on a Distant Shore picks up soon after the conclusion of her prior book, Into the Wilderness. In the winter of 1794, on the edge of the New York wilderness, Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into the comforts of domestic bliss. Typically, however, adventure seeks these two out. Alone but for her stepdaughter Hannah, Elizabeth gives birth to twins, while Nathaniel and his father Hawkeye are imprisoned in Montreal. Determined to help her men, Elizabeth packs up the children and sets off to free them. Liberty does not bring relief to the Bonner clan, however, as sinister forces conspire to pirate them to Scotland and embroil them in a complex family feud.

History and adventure are slathered on thickly throughout this epic tale. Donati's talent for dialect and detail bring the large cast of characters to life, though the steady pace of dramatic catastrophe is somewhat exhausting. Will our heroes never get a break? Fans of Donati's earlier work will enjoy seeing the familiar characters, but new readers would benefit by reading the books in the series in order. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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Elizabeth Bonner travels across Canadian wilderness and waterways with her two small children to rescue her husband Nathaniel from the crown officials who have imprisoned him as an American spy.

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