Ok so I’m about 4 books behind in reviews and it’s because I’ve been struggling to write my review for INTO THE WILDERNESS by Sara Donati. It took me a long time to read and has SO MUCH.
This book is massive, but if you’ve conquered GOT, Outlander, or the 5th Harry Potter, you can read this one! I loved this book, it was a perfect combination of fiction and reality. If you liked Outlander, I would highly recommend INTO THE WILDERNESS! It has less fantasy and more history and it was wonderful.
Elizabeth is a self declared spinster from England and she has decided to move to the colonies from her aunts to her fathers to teach school and gets entangled in a love triangle, a property dispute, and begins to run for her life— but she doesn’t do it alone. The Bonners are a family nearby and she can’t help but be drawn to single father Nathanial, even when she has another suitor her father prefers.
My six word review:
Beautiful, historical, and completely romantic story
Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati’s epic novel sweeps us into another time and place…and into the heart of a forbidden affair between an unconventional Englishwoman and an American frontiersman.
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, Nathanial Booner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, she soons finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as 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 portrait of an emerging America.