The novel, Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati, was my first fiction read for the new year.
I choose this title from a so you liked Outlander, you may like…. kind of list. Anytime you line up a new book with an all time favorite, it is a risky thing. It is a lot of pressure to put on an unsuspecting book.
But the wild book reading person that I am started reading…..and didn't want the book to end!
The story starts off with the judge going to pick up his spinster daughter, Elizabeth, who has come to the colonies to teach school. The current becomes electric when Elizabeth and Nathaniel meet. Nathaniel is a white man who is part of a family of Indians who want to purchase a mountain of land, called Hidden Wolf.
But the judge plans to deed this mountain to Elizabeth when she marries… and he already has someone in mind, someone who knows of his debts and is willing to pay the debts in return for the land.
Elizabeth is determined to remain unmarried and finds her heart torn between the man she comes to love and her independent spirit.
What I loved most about this book was the gasp-out-loud moment that I had. Something that I had never encountered before; a mention of characters from a different book interacting within the book I am reading.
That sounded confusing….so to sum it up-
Outlander fans…three of our favorite characters are mentioned in this book! Yep, a certain red-haired Scot and his wife and one other! ( I will let you read it to find out who)
Long winter days and lengthy books go hand in hand. So don't let the 800+ pages intimidate you. The story progresses at a good speed and is captivating once you get going.
Pour yourself a hot cup of tea and enjoy the adventure.