Book Review: Dawn on a Distant Shore


Book Two of the Into the Wilderness Series by Sara Donati

Elizabeth and her new husband, Nathaniel Bonner (remember that white man dressed as a Native American?) have settled into their life together at the edge of the New York wilderness. In the winter of 1794, Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, but soon, events take Nathaniel back to Canada to free his father, Hawkeye, from prison and where he himself ends up imprisoned as an American spy. Elizabeth packs up her twins and her half-Mohawk step-daughter, Hannah, and makes the arduous journey to try to free her husband and father-in-law.
No sooner do they extricate themselves from the mess in Canada, than their infant son is kidnapped and the Bonners must embark on yet another perilous voyage. This time they head all the way across the ocean to Scotland, where a wealthy Earl claims kinship with Hawkeye and takes any measures, including kidnapping, to keep his estate from landing in English hands.
This novel is full of the same great character and relationship development as the first. Full of action-packed chapters that keep you on the edge of your seat while revealing an historical world to the reader in such a way, they feel they’re really there.
Title: Dawn on a Distant Shore
Author: Sara Donati
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 0553107488
Review written by: Tammi Appelman, ©2006