Broken by the deaths of her husband and son, Hannah Bonner returns home to her father and stepmother in Paradise. A healer, she finds solace in helping the community and slowly begins the process of self-healing.

As the winds of war between America and England come closer to Paradise, Hannah's young half-brother enlists in the militia and is eventually taken as a prisoner of war. As she leaves Paradise to save her brother, Hannah begins to realize that she must liberate herself from her anguish before she can liberate Daniel.

Fire Along the Sky is another consuming chapter in Donati's series about the Banner family and an in-depth portrait of a rural community affected by war. This volume centers on Hannah's healing and the ways that women come to grips with the tragedies and triumphs of life, a universal theme that will appeal to 21st-century readers. (Aug., 607 pp., $27.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin