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INTO THE WILDERNESS (The Wilderness Series Book 1)

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To see miracles like manna from heaven and water pouring out of a rock, the pillar of fire by night, and the cloud by day?

I also like thrillers, science, fiction, and anything that presents women in a refreshingly truthful manner (see Stieg Larsson). With six books, each with a hefty word count, there are twists, turns, antagonists galore, not to mention a fair share of babies, best friends and marriages to make any historical romance series lover happy. Then once in a while she’d show me something she was working on and I’d show her something I was working on. Then there is the fact that I know any slow scenes of domesticated bliss will be short-lived for Jamie and Claire, and when they are idle at Lallybroch I am constantly on-edge for the next disaster. And we all know how love leads to such standard scenarios as inter-familial feuding, plots to break into jail, and secret meetings involving waterfalls and bearskins.I'm currently reading the fourth book "Fire Along the Sky" and on page 69 it says "Over the years three women had borne him eleven children, and five of those survived" - him being Nathaniel. I think Diana Gabaldon has more writing finesse; her series is more grand-scale epic and she revels in a slow-as-molasses storytelling that lets layers unfold, cliff-hangers erupt and characters arcs naturally progress. 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. Nathaniel is the only thoroughly admirable white male in the huge cast--upbringing having triumphed over blood--and no person of color has flaws.

Homestead, a book of short stories written under the pseudonym Rosina Lippi Green, was published by Delphinium. Donati's Elizabeth is fierce and wonderful and forward thinking and for a woman of her time that's something else indeed. And her attitude toward both the Indians and the black people she encounters seems far too late-20th-century-P. A lushly written novel…Donati, a skillful storyteller, easily weaves historical fact with romantic ambience to create a dense, complex design…Exemplary historical fiction, boasting a heroine with a real and tangible presence.Outlander’ dealt with Claire’s time-travelling mishap and determination to get back to 1940’s England, as well as Scottish clan politics, and the lead up to Culloden. Obvious borrowing is really distracting, from the Gabaldon series (the hanging scene in a later book in the series and names from Cooper and Gabaldon) and details that are interesting but don't add to the story (like including Burns as exciseman and poet but not AT ALL necessary to the plot) are distracting. Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series, and the TV adaptations, are full of danger, steamy passion, and Scottish history.

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. Her series features Nathaniel Bonner, who is Hawkeye (Daniel Day Lewis for those only familiar with the movie adaptation) and Cora’s son. On the surface, Donati's writing seems as though it could be comparable to Gabaldon's, but, in actuality, it didn't even come close for me. But Donati’s sex scenes are sweet and plentiful, and easily communicate Nathaniel and Elizabeth’s love for one another. I was over-joyed to see the promo for the second instalment advertised in the back cover, less so when I realised I would have to wait two years for it, and for each one thereafter.

As Judge Middleton brings pressure to bear against his daughter, she is faced with a choice between compliance and deception, a flight into the forest, and a desire that will bend her hard will to compromise and transformation.

The clash of culture and race -- made even more interesting as a result of our hero being a white man raised by a Mohawk clan, and all the complexities surrounding his own struggle of finding his place and identity over the years -- in addition to a village full of personalities, beliefs and greed, result in this book being quite the melting pot of adventure, thrills, and agonies. You'd be reading Elizabeth's POV for pages and then suddenly it would be Nathaniel's, no break or warning. He acabado la novela con la convicción de que esta aventura de Elizabeth es un viaje donde toda la fuerza interior que hay en ella, toda su intensidad y coraje salenWord has reached them that Nathaniel’s father has been arrested by crown officials in British Canada. There is a host of characters, both good and bad, and a bevy of situations, circumstances, celebrations, deaths, conspiracies. Which was unfortunate, because I don’t consider myself in competition with Diana or with any other novelist.

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