Lake in the Clouds

By | October 25, 2017
Lake in the Clouds Author Sara Donati
ISBN-10 0553582798
ISBN-13 9780553582796
Year 2003-04-29
Pages 672
Language English
Publisher Bantam
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In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore award winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast untamed wilderness of late eighteenth century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nations pastand in the life of the spirited Bonnersas their oldest daughter the brave and beautiful Hannah comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever Masterfully told this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century It is the spring of 1802 and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two year old son Hannahs half brother Robbie but they struggle on as always the men in the forests the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeths school and Hannah as a doctor in training apprenticed to Richard Todd Hannah is descended from healers on both sidesone Scots grandmother and one Mohawkand her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing After a long night spent attending to a birth Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain She calls herself Selah Voyager and she is looking for Curiosity Freemana former slave herself one of the villages wisest women and Elizabeths closest friend The Bonners take Selah desperately ill to Lake in the Clouds to care for her and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost ten years The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans just as Hannah will protect her patient who presents more than one kind of challenge For a bounty hunter is afootHannahs childhood friend and first love Liam Kirby While Elizabeth and Nathaniel undertake a treacherous journey through the endless forests to bring Selah to safety in the north Hannah embarks on a very different journey to New York City with two goals to learn the secrets of vaccination against smallpox a disease that threatens Paradise and to find out what she can about Liams immediate past and what caused him to change so drastically from the boy she once loved The obstacles she faces as a woman and a Mohawk make her confront questions long avoided about her place in the world Those questions follow her back to Paradise where she finds that the medical miracle she brings with her will not cure prejudice or superstition nor can it solve the problem of slavery No sooner have the Bonners begun to rebound from their lossesold and newthan they find themselves confronted by more than one old enemy in a battle that will test the strength of their love for one another Hannah faces the decision she has always dreaded will she make a life for herself in a white world or among her mothers people

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