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June 08, 2006

SRP Book 1: Into the Wilderness

Summer Reading Program - My Books

Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati (691 pages)
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: 4.2

Rachel has been raving about this series for years, and I finally managed to read the first one. I really, really liked it, but it also took me a really, really long time to read. I'm not sure why. I guess the pace just dragged at times, and the writing is much denser than you might expect from something marketed as a romance novel. (It seemed more like historical adventure fiction with some romance thrown in, actually.) But the characters were complex and interesting and I'm definitely planning to continue with the series.

One very interesting thing was Donati's incorporation of other author's characters. Into the Wilderness is sometimes called a "sequel" to The Last of the Mohicans, and apparently involves some of the same characters, but I haven't read Cooper yet so I'm not sure. (I did pick up a cheap used copy of Last of the Mohicans the other day and I'm hoping to get to it soon.) Additionally, Donati's use of Gabaldon's Clare Fraser has been well documented. But did anyone else notice the throwaway mention of Jane Bingley, an acquaintance in England? Hmmm....

Posted by Kat at June 8, 2006 09:13 PM

There are other Austen references later on as well. I think there's a reference somewhere to Captain Wentworth (swoon) if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by: Rachel at June 8, 2006 11:18 PM

I have a really stupid question to ask. I don't remember how to save the button to my server and then get it into http code to place in my own blog. When my computer crashed it took all my info with it's little hard drive. I've already savied the button as a picture but now what do I do? If you can't help could tyou direct me to blog school

Posted by: Maryellen at June 9, 2006 01:09 PM

Vickie needs a blog

Posted by: Erica at June 11, 2006 01:57 AM
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