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Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati’s epic novel sweeps us into another time and place . . . and into a breathtaking story of love and survival in a land of savage beauty.

It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered—a white man dressed like a Native American: Nathaniel Bonner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, Elizabeth soon finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as with her own family. Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati’s compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portait of an emerging America.

Praise for Into the Wilderness

“My favorite kind of book is the sort you live in, rather than read. 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. I can think of no better adventure than to explore the wilderness in the company of such engaging and independent lovers as Elizabeth and her Nathaniel.” —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

“A beautiful tale of both romance and survival…Here is the beauty as well as the savagery of the wilderness and, at the core of it all, the compelling story of the love of a man and a woman, both for the untamed land and for one another.” —Allan W. Eckert

“Lushly written . . . Exemplary historical fiction.” Kirkus Reviews

“Epic in scope, emotionally intense.” BookPage

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“My favorite kind of book is the sort you live in, rather than read. 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. I can think of no better adventure than to explore the wilderness in the company of such engaging and independent lovers as Elizabeth and her Nathaniel.” —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

“A beautiful tale of both romance and survival…Here is the beauty as well as the savagery of the wilderness and, at the core of it all, the compelling story of the love of a man and a woman, both for the untamed land and for one another.” —Allan W. Eckert

“Lushly written . . . Exemplary historical fiction.” Kirkus Reviews

“Epic in scope, emotionally intense.” BookPage

About the Author

Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi, a former academic and tenured university professor. Since 2000 she has been writing fiction full-time, haunting the intersection where history and storytelling meet, wallowing in nineteenth-century newspapers, magazines, street maps, and academic historical research. She is the internationally bestselling author of the Wilderness series ( Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant ShoreLake in the CloudsFire Along the SkyQueen of Swords, and  The Endless Forest) as well as  The Gilded Hour, the first in a new series following the descendants of characters from the Wilderness series. She lives between the Cascades and Puget Sound with her husband, daughter, Jimmy Dean (a Havanese), and Max and Bella (the cats).

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"I have a question for you."

"Yes, Mr. Bonner?" She did not raise her head.

"Will you please say my name?" he said with an intensity which caused gooseflesh to rise on her arms.

She hesitated. "Nathaniel."

"Look at me and say my name."

Elizabeth looked up slowly.

Nathaniel saw in her face an overwhelming confusion. He saw that she had never stood like this with a man, that she had never imagined doing so, and that she was flustered and even a bit frightened, but not unhappy to be here with him.

"What did you want to ask me?"

"How old are you?"

Elizabeth blinked. "Twenty-nine."

"You''ve never been kissed, have you?" The white cloud of his breath reached out to touch her face. His hands jerked at his sides but he kept them where they were. Now she would tell him to mind his own business, and he could put this woman out of his head.

"Why?" said Elizabeth, raising her eyes to his with a critical but composed look. "Do you intend to kiss me?"

Nathaniel pulled up abruptly and laughed. "The thought crossed my mind."

Her eyes narrowed.

" Why do you want to kiss me?"

"Well," Nathaniel said, inclining his head. "You seem set on going back to England, and the Mahicans say that you should never return from a journey the same person."

"How very thoughtful of you," she said dryly. "How benevolent. But please, do not discommode yourself, on my account." She began to turn away, but Nathaniel caught her by the upper arm.

"Now I, for one, hope you don''t rush off," he said. "But I want to kiss you, either way."

"Do you?" she said tersely. "Perhaps I don''t want to kiss you."

Elizabeth was afraid to look at Nathaniel directly, for how could he not see the doubt on her face, and the curiosity? And what would that mean, to let him know what she really thought, how confusing this all was to her? To tell a man what she was truly thinking--this was a thought more frightening than any kiss could be.

"I didn''t mean to get you mad," Nathaniel said softly.

"What did you mean to do, then? Have some fun at my expense, but not so much that I would actually notice that you were making a fool of me?"

"No," he said, and Elizabeth was relieved to see all trace of teasing leave his face. "I''d like to see the man who could make a fool of you. I meant to kiss you, because I wanted to. But if you don''t like the idea--"

She pulled away from him, her face blazing white. "I never said that. You don''t know what I want." Then, finally, she blushed, all her frustration and anger pouring out in pools of color which stained her cheeks bluish-gray in the faint light of the winter moon.

"So," Nathaniel said, a hint of his smile returning. "You do want to kiss me."

"I want you to stop talking the matter to death," Elizabeth said irritably. "If you hadn''t noticed, you are embarrassing me. Perhaps you don''t know much about England--I don''t know why you should, after all--but let me tell you that there''s a reason I am twenty-nine years of age and unkissed, and that is, very simply, that well-bred ladies of good family don''t let men kiss them. Even if they want to be kissed, and women do want to be kissed on occasion, you realize, although we aren''t supposed to admit that. To be perfectly honest with you"--she drew a shaky breath--"I can''t claim that anyone has ever shown an interest in me at home--at least, not enough interest that this particular issue ever raised its head. Now." She looked up at him with her mouth firmly set. Her voice had lowered to a hoarse whisper, but still she looked about the little glen nervously, as if someone might overhear this strange and unseemly conversation. "You''ll forgive me if I question why you would be thinking of kissing me."

"It''s a wonder," Nathaniel said. "How purely stupid Englishmen can be. Scairt off from a pretty face--don''t you scowl that way, maybe nobody ever thought to tell you before, but you are pretty--because there''s a sharp mind and a quick tongue to go along with it. Well, I''m made of tougher stuff."

"Why--" Elizabeth began, sputtering.

"Christ, Boots, will you stop talking," said Nathaniel, lowering his mouth to hers; she stepped neatly away.

"I think not," she said. "Not tonight."

Nathaniel laughed out loud. "Tomorrow night? The night after?"

"Oh, no," Elizabeth said, trying halfheartedly to turn away. "I cannot--pardon me, I must get back."

"Back to England?" he asked, one hand moving down until he clasped a mittened hand. "Or just back to your father?"

Nathaniel saw Elizabeth jerk in surprise. She looked up at him sharply, her eyes sparkling. At first he thought she was angry again, then he saw that it was more complicated than that: she was furious, but not at him. Not at this. This almost-kiss, the idea of it, had released something in her.

"It isn''t right that my father misrepresented things to me, that he brought me here under false pretenses, that he made plans for me that I want no part of."

"You don''t want Richard Todd," Nathaniel prompted.

"No," Elizabeth said fiercely, and her eyes traveled down to focus on his mouth. "I don''t want Richard Todd. I want my school."

"I will build you a school."

"I want to know why you''re so angry at my father, what he''s done to you."

"I''ll tell you that if you really want to know," he said. "But someplace warmer."

"I don''t want to get married."

He raised an eyebrow. "Then I won''t marry you."

Her eyes kept darting over his face, between his mouth and his eyes, and back to his mouth, the curve of his lip. He saw this, and he knew she was thinking about kissing him. Nathaniel knew that this was a conflict for her, one not easily reconciled: she did not want marriage, and in her world--in this world--there could not be one without the other. This struggle was clear on her face, and as he expected, training and propriety won out: she was not quite bold enough to ask for the kisses she wanted. This disappointed him but he was also relieved. He didn''t know how long he could keep his own wants firmly in hand. And this was not a woman who could be rushed.

"I want . . . I want . . ." She paused and looked down.

"Do you always get everything you want?" Nathaniel asked.

"No," she said. "But I intend to start."

Elizabeth let Nathaniel turn her back toward the house. Her hands and feet were icy, her cheeks chafed red with the cold, but she was strangely elated, her head rushing with possibilities. She felt that she could face her father now and that she must, she would, have her way. She had no intention of mentioning Nathaniel to him, of what had passed between them, although she recognized, she knew, that this was not over. She knew that it had just begun, and that it would take her places she could not yet imagine. It frightened her, how far she had come in just a few days, but it was also deeply exciting.

A strange thought came to Elizabeth: if her father would not give her what she wanted, Nathaniel might help her take it. He was a man such as she had never known before, and she wondered if he could be a part of her life and not an obstruction in it. She cast a wondering and speculative sideways glance at him, and shivered.

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I have never read anything by this author. This book was in my recommendations and I took a chance. It looked interesting and had lots of good reviews. It began well enough with great chemistry between the lead characters in the The heroine was likable and admirable and... See more
I have never read anything by this author. This book was in my recommendations and I took a chance. It looked interesting and had lots of good reviews. It began well enough with great chemistry between the lead characters in the The heroine was likable and admirable and the plot, although predictable, was a good one. The author did a good job of taking you into the time period and setting up the conflict in the story. A third of the way through the book I encountered a fairly descriptive sex scene, skipped over it hoping that would not be a pattern. A couple of chapters later encountered another one. Obviously this was going to be the norm for the rest of the book so I quit reading and did not finish it. I prefer clean romances and this one is not one. If you like a clean read, move on.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020
I first read this book when it came out in mass market paperback and I discovered it in the romance section of my local Border''s Books. I''d actually worked in that exact same Border''s while I was in college and romance was one of the genres I was responsible for stocking... See more
I first read this book when it came out in mass market paperback and I discovered it in the romance section of my local Border''s Books. I''d actually worked in that exact same Border''s while I was in college and romance was one of the genres I was responsible for stocking and keeping organized, so I spent a lot of time in those same shelves, combing through the good, the bad and the terrible that romance had to offer.

This day I was looking for a good book to read just for some fun and escape. Wilderness caught my attention first because of the sunny yellow cover and the fact that it was a nice fat paperback, which is like finding gold if the story is good. Unfortunately, most book lovers have had to learn the hard way that heft isn''t always a indicator that the story within is wonderful, but I was willing to give it a chance. I had also read the book, and then later watched, and watched again, the film version of Last of the Mohicans, so the tie-ins to that original story and those characters intrigued me and I bought this novel and started reading that very evening. I didn''t sleep that first night because the book was so good I just couldn''t bring myself to put it down!! I immediately felt like I was there in Paradise with all the characters. The author wove a spell with her words, that''s really the only way I can describe it. I felt the cold and heat of the seasons changing in the town of Paradise, and saw the landscape around me green and rolling, unmarred by the industry and pollution of modern times.

It was a wonderful escape, this book. I was so thrilled by it that I convinced both of my two sisters, my small circle of friends and many of my work colleagues to read it too. Those closest to me borrowed my paperback copy and it quickly began to fall apart, so as soon as the cover fell off I ordered the hardcover from Amazon. Thank goodness I did because I seriously re-read this book EVERY SINGLE YEAR. I write the month and date of each read inside the front cover to keep track of how many times I''ve read it, for my own enjoyment, and also to remind me of that first spectacular read when the story was completely new to me and every page was exciting because it opened up more of that incredible world to me.

I went on to read all the books in Donati''s Wilderness series, as well as the few other novels she''s since written. I have them all in hardcover now too on the one bookshelf where I keep only my most beloved books, but Into the Wilderness will always be my favorite because it was the book that started the journey. I''ll forever be grateful that someone as talented as the author invested herself in that endeavor in order to give us the gift of this amazing story.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2018
Loving the characters in this book! For someone who has grown accustomed to the strong character of Claire Randall Fraser in Outlander, Elizabeth Middleton holds my attention, and she gives as good as she gets. Smart, educated, tough, strong-willed, courageous - and she''ll... See more
Loving the characters in this book! For someone who has grown accustomed to the strong character of Claire Randall Fraser in Outlander, Elizabeth Middleton holds my attention, and she gives as good as she gets. Smart, educated, tough, strong-willed, courageous - and she''ll kill if she must. In return, she marries a man who compares more than favorably with Jamie Fraser (Outlander): a white man raised as an Indian, skilled in hunting, tracking, living in the wild, accepting of his own responsibility while not denying his wife her own sense of individualism and singular personality. This is bound to remain a favorite for a long time.
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Wilderness adventure
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This book has a lot of good going for it: beautiful setting, likeable, distinctive characters, a focus on the struggle of every woman to be respected as a peer rather than property. But as I was reading it, I realized that the story has no real plot. Greed, sexism and... See more
This book has a lot of good going for it: beautiful setting, likeable, distinctive characters, a focus on the struggle of every woman to be respected as a peer rather than property. But as I was reading it, I realized that the story has no real plot. Greed, sexism and racism seem are the drivers of all the action, with little of it making much sense when considered practically. It is only mildly believable that, for example, Richard Todd is at once deeply sentimental about the mountain and sociopathically bent on getting it. Similarly, the brother becomes fixated on taking the mountain from his own sister for purely selfish reasons. While I believe that people can be greedy, sexist and racist to the point that they behave badly, the rationale for these characters'' deep hatred doesn''t feel believable. That aside, the story is really just an exciting splice of a woman''s life.
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If you like the "Outlander" books, you will no doubt love this book. It tells of the time, shortly after the Revolutionary War, in up-state New York when native Americans were still trying to fit into the landscape that had been theirs for centuries. The main characters are... See more
If you like the "Outlander" books, you will no doubt love this book. It tells of the time, shortly after the Revolutionary War, in up-state New York when native Americans were still trying to fit into the landscape that had been theirs for centuries. The main characters are Elizabeth and Nathaniel. This is their story done with all the color and passion of the times and the setting. I am thrilled to learn that there are 6 books in this series. I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon''s "Outlander" series. This book is written simarlly. The characters are so richly written that I felt I could easily and happily know them. This historical New York State is inviting and fascinating. Buy this book if you like historical romance. This book delivers. Enjoy!!
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Great series
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2017
I was looking for something to read, and to be honest, the description of this book and the subsequent books didn''t seem to appeal to me. BUT I got really desperate for something to read so I just jumped in and bought the bundle of 6 books in this series and I am so glad... See more
I was looking for something to read, and to be honest, the description of this book and the subsequent books didn''t seem to appeal to me. BUT I got really desperate for something to read so I just jumped in and bought the bundle of 6 books in this series and I am so glad that I did. I really LOVED these books. There was so much happening all the time that the drama kept me going. I won''t compare these to Diana Gabaldon as some may have because for me that is comparing apples to oranges. The only similarity is that they take place in the same time frame. This is a truly great series. Give them a try. I don''t think you would be disappointed.
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One of my all time favorite series I''ve ever read, the most memorable characters that''s for sure.
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
I repurchased this series after having read it back during the original release dates. I noticed this author has a new series released based off of extended family of these characters. Through the years I''ve often thought back on many of this books characters and the... See more
I repurchased this series after having read it back during the original release dates. I noticed this author has a new series released based off of extended family of these characters.
Through the years I''ve often thought back on many of this books characters and the time during which each one is set. I was always left wanting to know more and have the series continue, not because the book series was lacking, but because it was just that good.
Do not hesitate to give this series a try. Read the entire first book, and I dare you to try to refrain from finishing it.
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I just finished this book. First off, I am a huge Diana Gabaldon fan. I picked this up as a recommendation that I would look it since I love her work. I thought the beginning was choppy-the main character, Elizabeth, seemed a bit prim and proper for my... See more
I just finished this book.

First off, I am a huge Diana Gabaldon fan. I picked this up as a recommendation that I would look it since I love her work.

I thought the beginning was choppy-the main character, Elizabeth, seemed a bit prim and proper for my taste. I’m so glad I kept at it though. By the end she has developed into a character I could truly love. But because it took me a while to get into the story, I can only give it 4 stars

I bought the rest of the set, if that tells you anything.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2016
So this novel arrived in really good condition. I didn''t realise how much I missed paperbacks but at the same time missed the ease of reading from my kindle. This book is so gentle, you have to fall in love with Elizabeth and honestly you will not stop yourself from adoring...See more
So this novel arrived in really good condition. I didn''t realise how much I missed paperbacks but at the same time missed the ease of reading from my kindle. This book is so gentle, you have to fall in love with Elizabeth and honestly you will not stop yourself from adoring Nathaniel. One criticism only.... I didn''t enjoy Robbie''s Scottish accent in the book, but hey, I loved Outlander and therefore, put this to one side. The atmosphere of this book is engaging, ok you want to hate Cat Eater and Julian but there is a past to these people and you get embroiled in. I wanted an epic, I love epics and this measured up
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Excellent read
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Started off a bit Mills and Boon for me but eventually settled into a really good and interesting read. So much so I''ve bought the rest of the series!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2012
I am very much enjoying Sara Donati''s 1st book in the Wilderness series, "Into the Wilderness" so much so that I have ordered the next 3 books in the series. they are very similiar tales to Diana Gabaldon''s Outback series, I have the complets set of these just waiting for...See more
I am very much enjoying Sara Donati''s 1st book in the Wilderness series, "Into the Wilderness" so much so that I have ordered the next 3 books in the series. they are very similiar tales to Diana Gabaldon''s Outback series, I have the complets set of these just waiting for the next one which should be published next year. What is nice is that a character from Diana''s books has intermingled with Sara''s book. Jamie''s nephew, who also married a woman from the Kahnyen''kehaka tribe. Hoping the 2nd book in the series will arrive before I finish the 1st book.
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Fantastic book!
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This is a long read, but SO worth it! I couldn’t put it down. Well-written, fast -paced, gripping story, great characters and a superbly described setting - one of my all-time favourite books! I have told all my friends about it and they have all loved it as much as I did....See more
This is a long read, but SO worth it! I couldn’t put it down. Well-written, fast -paced, gripping story, great characters and a superbly described setting - one of my all-time favourite books! I have told all my friends about it and they have all loved it as much as I did. I strongly urge you to read it. If you loved Outlander you will love this too.
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