LAKE IN THE CLOUDS
Sara Donati writes with passion and accuracy about America during its founding years. Following Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner, their family and friends, she creates an epic portrait of a land, a people and a story where adventure, desire, love and history are seamlessly woven together.
The Bonners' peaceful life is about to take a radical change when Hannah, Nathaniel's daughter by his first wife finds an escaped slave looking for their friend Curiosity. The slave woman, Selah, is ill and Hannah, a talented healer, insists upon caring for her, even if it means placing herself in danger from a bounty hunter seeking fugitive slaves.
The bounty hunter is Liam Kirby, Hannah's childhood love and a man who disappeared from the valley years ago. His appearance, Selah's presence and the machinations of several greedy villagers place the Bonners in grave danger and Hannah must find a way to follow her heart and her beliefs.
Beautifully rendered, LAKE IN THE CLOUDS is another masterful achievement for Ms. Donati. She breaths fresh life into history by crafting a story peopled with remarkable, memorable characters and giving them emotions, problems and circumstances we can relate to today. This powerful, uplifting drama ensures that Ms. Donati has a place on many readers' shelves. SWEET (Aug., 610 pp., $24.95)