A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance from bestselling author Sara Donati
In the spring of 1824, in the remote village of Paradise on the New York frontier, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner celebrate a glorious reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners’ ward, from Manhattan. In the peace that follows a devastating flood, childhood friends Martha and Daniel, Lily’s twin brother, suddenly begin to see each other in a new light. But their growing bond is threatened when Martha’s estranged mother arrives back in Paradise. Jemima Southern is a dangerous schemer who has destroyed more than one family, and her anger touches everyone, as do her secrets. Has Jemima come to claim her daughter—or does she have other, darker motives? Whatever transpires, Martha, Daniel, and all the Bonners must stand united against the threats to both heart and home.
About the Author
Sara Donati is the winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award for first fiction for her 1998 novel Homestead (written under the name Rosina Lippi). She lives with her husband and daughter in the Pacific Northwest, where she teaches creative writing and linguistics at the university level and is working on her next novel.
“Magnificent . . . [a] sweeping saga . . . highly recommended.”—The Historical Novels Review
“A splendidly drawn cast of characters.”—The Seattle Times
“Graceful, sweeping.”—Publishers Weekly