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Authors: Sara Donati

Lake in the Clouds

BOOK: Lake in the Clouds
High Praise for the Novels of Sara Donati

SERIES, you’ll love this.”

—Daily American

“AS GOOD AS IT GETS … Donati writes eloquently about frontier life.”
—Tampa Tribune

“A sweeping, highly enjoyable historical adventure-love story.”


“A truly complete, exquisite detailed universe with so many wonderful characters and the stories of their lives.”

—Romance Reviews Today


“The likable protagonists, a multitude of amusing secondary characters and exciting escapades make this a compelling read.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Donati’s skillfully told and captivating romantic historical saga brings a tumultuous era and dashing characters to life in what promises to be a very popular and rewarding series.”

“Donati masterfully weaves the evocative history of the founding of America with the powerful challenges faced by those, like the Bonners, who settled the new world. The strengths they find in themselves provide a timely reminder that this melting pot nation is a rich fabric, woven by the lives of ordinary people who rise to extraordinary challenges.”


Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore
will keep readers up into the wee hours. We can only hope Donati has her supply of midnight oil that she is using to write the third installment of this worthy and satisfying series.”

—The Orlando Sentinel

“Set in the wilderness of 1794 New-York …
[Dawn on a Distant Shore]
features an imaginative plot that interconnects characters without straining credibility or leaving loose ends. It’s a balanced blend of bravery, treachery, romance, suffering and hope.”
—The Tampa Tribune Times

“This novel is a sequel to the earlier epic,
Into the Wilderness,
but although there’s a strong sense of the characters’ past, it’s perfectly enjoyable on its own terms. If you haven’t read the earlier book, however, you’re likely to make immediate tracks in your own quest to acquireit.”
—The Seattle Times

“Sara Donati has created a worthy historical epic here, enriched by solid intrigues and a compelling cast of characters.”

—The Bellingham Herald

“Remarkably written. Outstanding.”

“The story line is impressive as the plot fully entertains the audience. Sara Donati creates an American epic that will receive much acclaim from fans and critics.”

—The Midwest Book Review


“The author builds a powerful adventure story, animating everyone—German villagers, slaves, and Scottish trappers alike—in a gorgeous, vividly described American landscape. The erotic passages aren’t bad either.“

“Donati’s captivating saga is much like the books in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling
series, and it is definitely the romance of the year when it comes to transcending genre boundaries and appealing to readers who love lush historical epics or thrilling backwoods adventures.”

“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.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Remarkable … a vibrant tapestry … Sara Donati is a skilled storyteller who weaves historical facts into a grand adventure of love, mystery, and intrigue. She takes us to an unfamiliar place and allows us to breathe in the air of another time. This is exemplary historical fiction…. From page one, the action is nonstop. The more you read, the better it gets.“
—Tulsa World

“An elegant, eloquent word journey … The author has [a] gift for capturing the history and the lives of the people of that time and place.”
—The Tampa Tribune

“Epic in scope, emotionally intense … an enrapturing, grand adventure.“

“Memorable … draws the reader into the story from page one … a powerfully good read.“
—Toronto Sun

“A splendid read … Wonderful reading, suited for a cold winter’s night.”
—Rocky Mountain News

“Better buy some midnight oil, for this hugely satisfying novel is a page-turner.”
—The Orlando Sentinel

“A rich, involving, fully textured tale. Each time you open a book, you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise.“—Amanda Quick

“A beautiful tale of both romance and survival … Here is the beauty as well as the savagery of the wilderness and, at the core of it all, the compelling story of the love of a man and a woman, both for the untamed land and for one another.

“—Allan W. Eckert

Also by Sara Donati


For Jill Grinberg

Primary Characters

Elizabeth Middleton Bonner (also known as Bone-in-Her-Back), a schoolteacher

Nathaniel Bonner (also known as Wolf-Running-Fast or Between-Two-Lives), a hunter and trapper; Elizabeth’s husband

Dan’l Bonner (known also as Hawkeye), Nathaniel’s father

Luke or Luc (Nathaniel’s first son by an early alliance), resident in Scotland

Hannah (also known as Walks-Ahead), Nathaniel’s daughter by his first wife

Mathilde (or Lily, called Two-Sparrows by the Kahnyen’kehàka)

and Daniel (called Little-Fox by the Kahnyen’kehàka), Elizabeth and Nathaniel’s twins

Selah Voyager, an escaped slave

Many-Doves, a Mohawk woman who lives at Lake in the Clouds; Nathaniel’s sister-in-law by his first marriage

Runs-from-Bears, of the Mohawk Turtle clan; the husband of Many-Doves

Blue-Jay, their eldest son; Kateri, their daughter; and Sawatis, their youngest son

Strong-Words, once known as Otter, brother of Many-Doves, living to the west where he has married into a Seneca longhouse

Strikes-the-Sky, Seneca, friend of Strong-Words

Curiosity Freeman, a freed slave, Richard Todd’s housekeeper

Galileo Freeman, a freed slave, the manager of Todd’s holdings, and Curiosity’s husband

Daisy, their daughter, and her husband, Joshua Hench, blacksmith, living in Paradise; their four children, Sarah, Solange, Lucy, Emmanuel

Almanzo, their son, living in New-York City, employed at the African Free School

Richard Todd, a physician and landholder Katherine (Kitty) Witherspoon Middleton Todd, his wife

Ethan Middleton, Kitty Todd’s son by her first husband

The widow Kuick, born Lucy Simple, originally of Boston. Owner of the mill and the land around it, bordering on Hidden Wolf

Isaiah Kuick, her unmarried son and heir

Ambrose Dye, her overseer The slaves at the mill: Ezekiel, Levi, Shadrach, Malachi, Moses, Reuben, and Cookie

Jemima Southern, a servant to the widow Kuick along with Becca Kaes and Dolly Smythe

Mr. George Gathercole, minister; Rose, his wife;Mary, their daughter

Anna Hauptmann McGarrity, owner and proprietor of the trading post

Axel Metzler, her father and proprietor of the tavern

Jed McGarrity, hunter, trapper, and village constable

Liam Kirby, a bounty hunter from New-York City, formerly of Paradise

Cornelius Bump, assistant to Dr. Todd

Gabriel Oak, formerly village clerk

Grievous Mudge, a schooner captain on Lake Champlain

Sary Emory, his widowed sister and housekeeper

Baldwin O’Brien, circuit judge, formerly tax collector

In New-York City

Elizabeth’s cousin Amanda Spencer and her husband, William Spencer, Viscount Durbeyfield, resident in New-York City; their son, Peter

Mrs. Douglas, their housekeeper

Harold Bly, innkeeper of the Bull’s Head, and his wife, Virginia Bly

Meriwether Lewis, President Thomas Jefferson’s secretary

DeWitt Clinton, senator Dr. Valentine Simon, founder of the Kine-Pox Institution and his colleagues and assistants: Dr. Paul Savard,

Dr. Karl Scofield

At Red Rock

Splitting Moon, daughter of Made-of-Bones of the Wolf longhouse of the Kahnyen’kehàka at Good Pasture

Elijah, escaped from slavery July 1794

Renhahserotha’ (New-Light), their son

The Runaways at Red Rock

New-York Daily Advertiser
April 6, 1802

RUN AWAY FOR THE SECOND TIME a slight built, dark-skinned Negro named DEMETRIUS, the property of the Honourable Henry Cook, Esquire. A very likely young fellow, about 20 years old, has a remarkable swing in his walk, with a surprising knack of gaining the good graces of almost every body who will listen to his bewitching and deceitful tongue, which seldom speaks the truth. From his ingenuity he is capable of doing almost any sort of business and for some years past has been chiefly employed as a cobbler, a stone mason, and a miller as occasion required, one of which trades, I imagine, he will, in the character of a free man, profess. Whoever delivers said valuable Negro to his rightful owner shall receive a reward, besides all reasonable charges.

THE BOUNTY HUNTER MICAH COBB has tracked, captured, and brought to Justice many escaped Negroes, among them Virginia’s violent and savage Captain of the Swamp and his band of maroon Thieves and Murderers. Likewise can he return to you runaway or stolen property. “Both thy bondmen and thy bondmaids shall be of the heathen that are round about you … And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever.” Lev.25 Rates upon inquiry at the Bull’s Head on the Bowery.

RUNAWAY from the Subscriber. William Braun, an indented apprentice, uncommon tall and fair, speaks a broken English. All persons, especially masters of vessels bound for German-speaking ports, are forbid harboring said William upon penalty of law. Whoever will return the runaway to the Subscriber will have Five Dollars Reward. James Burroway, printer, Beaver Street.

FOR SALE a Negro woman, in every respect suitable for a farmer—she is 25 years old, and will be sold with or without a girl four years old and a boy two. Jas. Minthorn, Park Ave.

RUN AWAY a middle-sized high yellow Negro woman, named CONNY. She is about 35 years of age, has some scars on her back, and has a very impertinent countenance. She is fond of liquor, and is apt to sing indecent and sailor songs when so taken. With her a MULATTO man named MOSES, about 40 years old, near 6 feet high, has lost an eyetooth, has a scar or two on some part of his face, and plays on the violin. As I have whipped him twice for his bad behaviour, scars may be seen upon his body. He may try to earn his living as a cooper, having learned that trade on my farm. Reward. Albert vanderPoole, Long-Island.

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