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
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.