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Sara Donati - Author

About the Author

Sara Donati is the penname of Rosina Lippi. Rosina writes the Wilderness series under a penname because it provides a little buffer between the public and private parts of her life. 
Rosina was born and raised in Chicago, but she has lived for longer periods in the Austrian alps, on the East coast (where she earned a PhD in linguistics from Princeton) and Michigan. After twelve years as a tenured professor --getting up early and staying up late to write fiction-- she took heart in hand and left academia. She now writes full time from her home in the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband, daughter, Tuck & Bunny (the puppy boys) and three cats. These days she divides her time between her family, friends, watching Farscape (something you should be doing, too), her next novel, and textile arts.

Books by Sara Donati

Gilded Hour

Gilded Hour

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

From the internationally bestselling author of Into the Wilderness comes a magnificent epic about two pioneering women doctors in 19th-century New York.The year is 1883, and in New York City it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and the city in the grip of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Dr Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie - both graduates of the Women's Medical School - treat the city's most vulnerable. Even when doing so puts all they've worked for in jeopardy . . .For Anna, her role as a surgeon has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make the unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life. For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with her doctor's oath - and thrusts her and Anna into Comstock's orbit, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent, and of anyone who dares to defy him. With its vivid depictions of old New York and its story of two pioneering female doctors, The Gilded Hour is a captivating, emotionally gripping novel of courage and love.

Gilded Hour

Gilded Hour

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

The internationally bestselling author of Into the Wilderness makes her highly anticipated return with a remarkable epic about two female doctors in nineteenth-century New York and the transcendent power of courage and love.The year is 1883, and in New York City it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie-both graduates of the Woman's Medical School-treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy.Anna's work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life.For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor-and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.With its vivid depictions of old New York and its enormously appealing characters, The Gilded Hour is a captivating, emotionally gripping novel that proves Sara Donati is an author at the height of her powers.

Lake in the Clouds

Lake in the Clouds

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2012

In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, award-winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast, untamed wilderness of late-eighteenth-century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family. Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nations past--and in the life of the spirited Bonners--as their oldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever. Masterfully told, this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient, adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century.It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannahs half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeths school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides--one Scots grandmother and one Mohawk--and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing. After a long night spent attending to a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain. She calls herself Selah Voyager, and she is looking for Curiosity Freeman--a former slave herself, one of the villages wisest women and Elizabeths closest friend. The Bonners take Selah, desperately ill, to Lake in the Clouds to care for her, and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost ten years. The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge. For a bounty hunter is afoot--Hannahs childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby.While Elizabeth and Nathaniel undertake a treacherous journey through the endless forests to bring Selah to safety in the north, Hannah embarks on a very different journey to New-York City, with two goals: to learn the secrets of vaccination against smallpox, a disease that threatens Paradise, and to find out what she can about Liams immediate past and what caused him to change so drastically from the boy she once loved. The obstacles she faces as a woman and a Mohawk make her confront questions long avoided about her place in the world. Those questions follow her back to Paradise, where she finds that the medical miracle she brings with her will not cure prejudice or superstition, nor can it solve the problem of slavery. No sooner have the Bonners begun to rebound from their losses--old and new--than they find themselves confronted by more than one old enemy in a battle that will test the strength of their love for one another. Hannah faces the decision she has always dreaded: will she make a life for herself in a white world, or among her mothers people?

Dawn on a Distant Shore

Dawn on a Distant Shore

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2012

The sequel to the bestselling Into the Wilderness is an epic tale of romance and adventure, from the savage beauty of the New World to the wilds of Scotland.It is February 1794, and while fiercely independent Elizabeth Bonner gives birth to twins, her husband, the frontiersman Nathaniel, learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father, Nathaniel - known by the Mohawk as 'Between-Two-Lives' - is himself imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as an American spy. In a desperate bid to save her husband, Elizabeth bundles up her infants and sets out on the dangerous trek to Canada. Once there, she discovers that freeing Nathaniel will take every ounce of her courage and inventiveness - and will even threaten her with the loss of what she loves most: her children.Torn apart, the Bonners must embark on another perilous voyage, this time to the heart of Scotland, where a destiny they could never have imagined awaits them . . .'A story of epic proportions, akin to those wonderful wilderness classics by James Fenimore Cooper, but with the modern twist of Diana Gabaldon' Romantic Times

Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2012

The first in Sara Donati's bestselling Wilderness series, this epic novel of love and adventure interweaves the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two outsiders from different worlds.When Elizabeth Middleton leaves England to join her father and brother in a remote mountain village on the edge of the New York wilderness, she does so with a strong will and an unwavering purpose: to establish a school.It is December 1792 when she arrives in a cold climate unlike any she has ever experienced and meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered - a white man dressed like a Native American, tall and lean and unsettling in his honesty. He is Nathaniel Bonner, also known to the Mohawk people as 'Between-Two-Lives'.Determined to provide schooling for all the village children - white, black and Native American - Elizabeth is soon at odds with the slave owners, as well as her own father, who insists she marry local doctor Richard Todd. Such an alliance could save her father from financial ruin, but would call into question the ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where Nathaniel, his father, and a small group of Native Americans live and hunt . . .'One of those rare stories that lets you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place' Diana Gabaldon

Pyjama Girls Of Lambert Square

Pyjama Girls Of Lambert Square

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2012

He's claustrophobic. She's agoraphobic. He doesn't own a pair of pyjamas. That's all she wears. A bird and a fish may love each other but where will they make a home together.From the author of Tied to the Tracks comes a charming new novel set in Lambert's Corner, South Carolina-a beautiful town where no one's secrets remain secret for very long. For John Dodge, moving to new places and reviving ailing businesses is a way of life. So when he sees an ad for Scriveners, a stationery shop in a small town in South Carolina, he decides to take the plunge. As soon as he arrives in Lambert's Corner, Dodge falls happily into the whirl of gossip, gifts and quintessential Southern hospitality. Link Kay, one of his employees, warms up to him after Dodge admires his expertise on pens. Bean Hurt-a feisty and outspoken ten-year-old-becomes a fast friend. And Maude Golden, the mayor, supplies him with indispensable information. But the one person who really catches Dodge's eye is Julia Darrow-the beautiful but aloof pyjama wearing-owner of the Cocoon, a popular store specializing in luxury linens. Dodge tries to befriend her, but she remains elusive and mysterious. Everyone knows that she is a widow, but no one seems to know why she came to town or why she never leaves Lambert Square - or does she? Like Dodge, Chicago-born Julia is fleeing a tumultuous past. But with the help of a hilarious and endearing cast of characters, Julia and Dodge learn that, sometimes, you don't need to go far to find home.

Tied To The Tracks

Tied To The Tracks

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2012

From the author of the bestselling Into The Wilderness historical series comes an irresistible modern love story...Seemingly out of the blue, tiny documentary company Tied to the Tracks is offered the chance of a lifetime: a personal invitation from reclusive literary legend Miss Zula Bragg to make a film about her life. For Angie Mangiamele and her award-winning team, the offer is almost too good to be true - and impossible to pass up.But for Angie, the prospect of filming on location in Miss Zula's home town in the Deep South is a mixed blessing because it means coming face to face with the man she once thought was The One. Having returned home to head up Ogilvie University's literature department, celebrated native son John Grant is now engaged to local beauty Caroline Rose.In a small town rich in tradition and rife with gossip, the sparks that fly when the two former lovers meet again can't escape notice, especially from Caroline's four sisters and the formidable Aunt Patty-Cake, who aren't about to let any interlopers from the city derail their plans for the wedding of the year.Beautifully drawn with a vibrant cast of characters more than ready for their close-ups, Tied to the Tracks is a sharp, witty and grown-up love story.

Lake in the Clouds

Lake in the Clouds

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2012

The epic tale of love and adventure, which captured the hearts of readers all over the world in Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, continues . . .In spring 1802 the village of Paradise is still reeling from a typhoid epidemic when the spirited Elizabeth and her beloved frontiersman Nathaniel Bonner are forced to embark on a perilous new adventure.Nathaniel's beautiful half-Indian daughter Hannah has become a gifted healer but her decision to give refuge to a dangerously ill runaway slave puts both her family and her heart in jeopardy, as the bounty hunter tracking the outlaw is Hannah's first love, Liam Kirby. Hannah's action sets off a chain of events that sees Elizabeth and Nathaniel undertake a treacherous journey across the wilderness, and Hannah embark on a quest to New York to learn the secrets of smallpox and to discover what made Liam change so drastically from the boy she once loved. Along the way Elizabeth and Nathaniel must confront more than one old enemy in a battle that will test the strength of their love. And the obstacles Hannah faces make her confront questions long avoided about her place in the world - and where she truly belongs.'For readers who love lush historical epics or thrilling backwoods adventure' Booklist

Fire Along the Sky

Fire Along the Sky

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2012

The epic frontier tale of love and adventure that began with the bestselling Into the Wilderness continues with an indomitable woman's journey across a young nation threatened by the flames of war. The year is 1812 and Hannah Bonner has come home to the mountain cabin in Paradise where she grew up with her father, Nathaniel, and her stepmother, Elizabeth. But she has returned alone, without her husband and without her son - and with a story of horror and loss that she cannot bear to tell. As Hannah struggles to pick up the threads of her old life, resuming her duties as a gifted healer among the sick and needy, little does she realise that she is about to face her greatest challenge ever. In her absence, Hannah's stepsister Lily has grown into a stubborn and reckless beauty, whose wayward affair with a married man will have shattering consequences. As the distant thunder of war draws ever closer, Hannah is called away to perform one final act of courage and sacrifice. And in risking everything once more, she may learn to live - and perhaps love - again.'One of those rare stories that lets you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place' Diana Gabaldon on Into the Wilderness

Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2012

The epic tale of love and adventure that has captured the hearts of millions continues against the volatile backdrop of a city on the brink of war.Shifting from the steamy shores of the Caribbean to New Orleans, Queen of Swords picks up the story of Hannah Bonner, the beautiful half-Mohawk daughter of frontiersman Nathaniel Bonner, as she and her half-brother Luke embark on a desperate rescue mission.Hot on the trail of the powerful and ruthless Creole family who have kidnapped Luke's son, they become separated in New Orleans, a city divided under the shadow of war. Hannah's one hope lies in the enigmatic Jean-Benoit Savard, the only man who knows the city well enough to engineer the miracle that will reunite the Bonners and send them safely home to Lake in the Clouds. With Ben's expert guidance, allies are drawn from every corner of the city in preparation for what will be the final battle of the War of 1812 . . .'A smoothly written, engrossing adventure' Booklist

Endless Forest

Endless Forest

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2012

A rich, passionate, multi-layered portrayal of family strength and endurance in the New York frontier of the 19th century.The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it's also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places - Lily from Italy and Martha, their ward, from Manhattan - bringing with them troubles that will reverberate in all their lives.As the family struggles to rebuild, Martha and her childhood friend Daniel suddenly begin to see each other in a new light. But their growing bond is jeopardized when Martha's mother arrives back in Paradise a decade after abandoning her daughter. Jemima Southern is a dangerous schemer who has destroyed more than one family, and her anger touches everyone, as do her secrets.Has Jemima come to claim her daughter - or does she have something else in mind? Whatever happens, Martha and Daniel and all the Bonners must stand united against the threats to both heart and home . . .'A powerful adventure story . . . in a gorgeous, vividly described American landscape' People on Into the Wilderness

Endless Forest

Endless Forest

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2010

With a master storytellers skill and a historians precision, Sara Donati has delighted readers and critics alike with her bestselling novels of the nineteenth-century New York frontier. Now she brings us The Endless Forest, set in the remote village of Paradise, where the Bonner family that readers first met in Into the Wilderness make their home.The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, its also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.In the sudden peace that follows the storm, as families struggle to rebuild, childhood friends Martha and Daniel, Lilys twin brother, suddenly begin to see each other in a new light. But their growing bond is threatened when Marthas mother arrives back in Paradise a decade after abandoning her daughter. Jemima Southern is a dangerous schemer who has destroyed more than one family, and her anger touches everyone, as do her secrets. Has Jemima come to claim her daughteror does she have something else in mind? Whatever happens, Martha and Daniel and all the Bonners must stand united against the threats to both heart and home.Painful secrets and hidden sorrows, joy, heartbreak, and passion follow the Bonners through a season of change and renewal. A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance in a fascinating place and time, The Endless Forest will be remembered long after the last page is turned.From the Hardcover edition.

Fire Along the Sky

Fire Along the Sky

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2009

With epic sweep and breathtaking adventure, Sara Donatis bestselling saga of an Early American familys struggle for survival in the Northeast wilderness continues with the story of an indomitable woman and an unforgettable journey of redemption across a young nation threatened by the flames of war.The year is 1812 and Hannah Bonner has returned to her familys mountain cabin in Paradise. But Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner can see that Hannah is not the same woman as when she left. For their daughter has come home without her husband and without her sonand with a story of loss and tragedy that she cant bear to tell. Yet as Hannah resumes her duties as a gifted healer among the sick and needy, she finds that she is also slowly healing herself. Little does she realize that she is about to be called away to face her greatest challenge ever.As autumn approaches, news of the latest conflict with Britain finds the young men of Paradiseincluding eighteen-year-old Daniel Bonnereager to take up arms. Against their better judgment, Nathaniel and Elizabeth must let him go, just as they must let his twin sister Lily, a stubborn beauty, pursue her independence in Montreal. But on the eve of the War of 1812, an unexpected guest arrives from Scotland: It is the Bonners distant cousin, the newly widowed Jennet Scott of Carryckcastle. Far from home, Lily and Jennet will each learn the price of pursuing their dreams and the possibility of true love.But its Hannah herself who must risk everything once morethis time to save Daniel, whos been taken prisoner by the British. As the distant thunder of war threatens Paradise, Hannah may learn to liveand maybe loveagain in one final act of courage, duty, and sacrifice.A gifted writer, a master storyteller, and a first-rate historian, Sara Donati has written a powerful, poignant, and movingly romantic novel that chronicles the lives and adventures of a family as compelling and unforgettable as any in American fiction.From the Hardcover edition.

Dawn on a Distant Shore

Dawn on a Distant Shore

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2009

In an icy, untamed world of pristine beauty, a husband and wife are torn apart by fate but reunited forever by a love that can't be broken....An unforgettable love comes alive in this masterful epic of passion, treachery, and adventure....Award-winning author Sara Donati's debut novel, Into the Wilderness, was hailed as one of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time (Diana Gabaldon). Now, in an eloquent blend of fact and fiction, Donati re-creates her beloved characters from Into the Wilderness in an enthralling new tale of romance and adventure.Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, Nathaniel learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father in Montreal, Nathaniel himself is imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as a spy. In a desperate bid to save her husband, Elizabeth bundles her infants and sets out through the snowy wilderness and across treacherous waterways on the dangerous trek to Canada. But she soon discovers that freeing her husband will take every ounce of her courage and inventiveness and will threaten her with the loss of what she loves most: her children. Torn apart, the Bonners must embark on yet another perilous voyage, this time all the way across the ocean to the heart of Scotland, where a destiny they could never have imagined awaits them....From the Paperback edition.

Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness

Author: Sara Donati Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2009

Lake in the Clouds

Lake in the Clouds

Author: Sara Donati Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2008

The third novel in the Wilderness series finds the Bonner family back home in the North American frontier. A sparkling, absorbing historical novel, set in America at a time when the growing population in the towns clashed with the frontiersmen, the adventurers and the original settlers, in their attempts to regulate society, as they saw it. The Bonner family easily straddle both worlds. But Hannah, the oldest daughter, a gifted healer, training in medical studies in New York, finds herself in real difficulties when she nurses and saves a runaway slave. Her actions lead her and the family into new danger as the bounty hunters are led by her childhood friend and first love, and the runaway slave's escape is facilitated by one of her foster brothers. Sara Donati captures brilliantly the vigorous spirit of those willing to leave their homelands for new adventures and the conflicts between their different cultures, all set in the magnificent sweep of the teeming cities and the wild countryside.

Dawn on a Distant Shore

Dawn on a Distant Shore

Author: Sara Donati Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2008

The second book in The Wilderness Series is set in Canada and Scotland. Now blissfully married, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, the hero and heroine of Into The Wilderness, have settled into their new life together in the North American frontier. When Elizabeth gives birth to twins their happiness seems complete. However, it proves to be short-lived. While attempting to rescue his father, Hawkeye, who has been imprisoned in Canada, Nathaniel is arrested by British colonials for spying - a hanging offence. Left alone in the wilderness with only her step-daughter Hannah and her newly-born twins, Elizabeth embarks on a desperate bid to save her husband. Gathering up the children, she sets out on a dangerous journey across unremittingly hostile terrain. However, the fate of the Bonner family appears to be in the hands of other forces, who intend to kidnap them to Scotland in order to engage them in a bitter family feud and a destiny they could never have imagained.

Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords

Author: Sara Donati Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2006

It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Lukes wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennets rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution theyd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Lukes son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.To claim the child, Hannah, Luke, and Jennet must journey first to Pensacola. There they learn a great deal about the family that has the baby. The Poiterins are a very rich, very powerful Creole family, totally without scruple. The matriarch of the family has left Pensacola for New Orleans and taken the child she now claims as her great-grandson with her.New Orleans is a city on the brink of war, a city where prejudice thrives and where Hannah, half Mohawk, must tread softly. Careful plans are made as the Bonners set out to find and reclaim young Nathaniel Bonner. Plans that go terribly awry, isolating them from each other in a dangerous city at the worst of times.Sure that all is lost, and sick unto death, Hannah finds herself in the care of a family and a friend from her past, Dr. Paul de Guise Savard dit Saint-dUzet. It is Dr. Savard and his wife who save Hannahs life, but Dr. Savards half brother who offers her real hope. Jean-Benoit Savard, the great-grandson of French settlers, slaves, and Choctaw and Seminole Indians, is the one man who knows the city well enough to engineer the miracle that will reunite the Bonners and send them home to Lake in the Clouds. With Ben Savards guidance, allies are drawn from every segment of New Orleanss population and from Andrew Jacksons army, now pouring into the city in preparation for what will be the last major battle of the War of 1812.From the Hardcover edition.

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