Lake in the Clouds
by Sara Donati
Editor: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
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In his extraordinary novels In the Desert and at Dawn on a Far Shore, the award-winning author Sara Donati skillfully captured the great, wild nature of the late eighteenth century, New York and that the trials and triumphs of the Bonner familyNow Donati takes a new and often neglected chapter of our country–and in the life of the spirited Bonners–as their eldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change foreverMagisterially told, this exciting story is a moving tribute to the resilience, adventure of family and people on the brink of a new century.It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still in shock from the typhoid fever epidemic of the previous summer.Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah Robbie’s stepbrother, but they struggle as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in the Elizabeth School, and Hannah as a doctor by training, the apprentice Richard ToddHannah has descended from healers on both sides-a Scot, a grandmother and a Mohawk–and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.After a long night spent witnessing a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah meet a runaway slave hiding on the mountainShe calls it Selah Voyager, and she’s looking for the Freeman Curiosity–a former slave of herself, one of the villages of the wisest woman and Elizabeth’s closest friend.The Bonners take Selah, very seriously ill, from the Lake in the Clouds, for his care and by this simple act, they are drawn into the secret of life that the Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their great children have been at the forefront of nearly ten yearsThe Bonners will do what they must protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge.For a bounty hunter preparing–Hannah, childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby.As Elizabeth and Nathaniel embark on a perilous journey through the vastness of
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