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Publication Order of Wilderness Books

Into the Wilderness (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn on a Distant Shore (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lake in the Clouds (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire Along the Sky (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of Swords (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Endless Forest (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Waverly Place Books

The Gilded Hour (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where the Light Enters (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Homestead (As: Rosina Lippi) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tied to the Tracks (As: Rosina Lippi) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square (As: Rosina Lippi) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sweet Blue Distance (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Sara Donati is an American author of fiction. It is also the pen name of Rosina Lippi, who uses the name Donati for her novels. She is also a best-selling author perhaps best known for her exciting Wilderness series of novels.

An authentic native of Chicago, Sara Donati (or Rosina Lippi) lives with her family somewhere in between the area of Bellingham Bay as well as the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Her family consists of her loving husband, their daughter, and a variety of pets.

Donati is the author of the Wilderness series. The debut novel in the series was also the first ever published under her pen name. It is titled Into the Wilderness and was released in 1998. It was an international bestseller. With such a good reception, Donati began writing the sequel and the follow-up novel came out in 2000. It was titled Dawn on a Distant Shore.

Sara Donati came out with four more books in the series, that continued on with the dynamic release of the third Wilderness novel, Lake in the Clouds. This was followed by Fire Along the Sky in 2004, Queen of Swords in 2009, and the release of the sixth novel in the Wilderness series three years after that with The Endless Forest.

Donati is also the writer of the standalone fiction novel, The Gilded Hour. It was released for purchase in 2015. This book marks the first book released under this name in six years. It is an epic fictional novel that focuses on the two main characters. Both female doctors living in New York in the nineteenth century, this story focuses on the power of love and courage and how it can transcend many of life’s obstacles.

This novel is set in 1883 and it focuses on NYC in a time of poverty, change, and splendor. So much is happening and the city is being built up with changes happening in the form of the nearly-complete Brooklyn Bridge and so much more. Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie have graduated from medical school for women, and they’re treating the people of the city. When Anna comes across four kids as a result of her work and finds out that they’ve lost everything– just like her– she’s faced with a choice about what to do to help these vulnerable children.

Meanwhile, Sophie faces her own obstacles. When a young mother in desperate need of help forces the obstetrician to face the oath she took to become a doctor, she doesn’t know what to do. She and Anna are somehow led by this situation into the path of a very dangerous man. Cornstock is a radical individual that considers himself to be the personal enemy of all things indecent, and he sees a lot of things that indecent. What will Anna and Sophie ultimately do? Check out this book to see the full cast of characters and see how their story plays out and read the novel that others are calling “captivating” and “emotionally gripping”.

Into the Wilderness is the gripping first novel in the popular Wilderness series by Sara Donati! The main character in this novel is Elizabeth Middleton. This novel is in the historical fiction genre. The time is 1792, and the setting is England. Elizabeth lives in England as part of the comfortable upper-class. She never wants anything that she cannot easily get. While many starve and live on the streets of London, Elizabeth is part of the lucky few that live in luxury with no worries or problems. However, her life is disrupted when she gets a request from her father that might have her leaving England for good– something she never thought would happen.

Elizabeth’s father is on a colonial mission in America. He is located at a remote outpost, and he wants his daughter to come and meet him. Elizabeth dutifully packs up and heads for America, but once she gets there she starts to realize that her father might not have been as honest about the pretense why she should come over. Is it too late to go back to England, or will she be trapped in the New World forever, where things are significantly less comfortable, civilized, and populated than Britain?

The sequel to the first book in the Wilderness series is titled Dawn on a Distant Shore. This exciting sequel to the bestselling first novel takes place not too long after the events at the end of the first book. The time is 1794, and Elizabeth Middleton is back as the main character in this novel. She is living with a man named Nathaniel Bonner on the edge of the wilderness in New York.

Life together takes on a feeling of domestic bliss, but how long can things go this well? it seems like it is always a matter of time before something seeks them out and sets them on an adventure. Not only does Elizabeth have to take care of her stepdaughter, Hannah, but she is also pregnant. It would only make sense that by the time she gives birth, it’s twins, and Nathaniel along with his father have found themselves put into prison in Montreal.

Now with two more babies to take care of, Elizabeth is going to do what she can to help them. So she decides to pack up, take the children with her, and go off to Montreal to help and set them free from jail for good. But even as she tries to set them free, sinister forces are at work. She is successful in her goal, but somehow they get packed off to Scotland and involved in a very complicated family feud.

Sara Donati combines a grand sense of adventure set in a specific time in history and dynamic characters in this exciting second book in the Wilderness series. With catastrophe right around the corner, the struggle continues for Elizabeth to make her way in this challenging new world. Can they make it back to Canada and live happily ever after? Pick up Dawn on a Distant Shore to find out!

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15 Responses to “Sara Donati”

  1. Margaret: 1 month ago

    I have just finished reading the newest book the sweet blue distance, couldn’t put this book down it is exceptional as are all the books I have read with Sara Donati , looking forward to many more novels

  2. Phylene Sunga: 5 months ago

    I haven’t read or listen to books in over 30 years too busy reading business items instead of personal.

    I can’t say how much I have truly enjoyed the into the wilderness books not only is a story, but the story reader is the best at rendering the correct voices and different accents that make it all that more enjoyable thank you so much for putting the time and effort into this it’s helping me transition from work to retirement

  3. Courtney Peterson: 5 months ago

    I just finished QUEEN OF SWORDS, and as a native New Orleanian it was overwhelmingly good. I’ve followed the series, and the relationships in this novel had me often in tears.
    Thank you for these books.
    I’m glad you chose to become a writer. ❤️

  4. Gail Mulcahey: 7 months ago

    I finished The Endless Forest at 2 am & woke up this morning missing the Bonner family! Absolutely loved this series!

  5. Leonard "Bud" Reve: 1 year ago

    I am on my 5th reading of into the “Into-the-Wildernes” series. I am no 90 but reality is that no other auther brings me satisfaction, other than my religin. I have all six books plus those that follow. Are more novels/books to be expected. I might live long enough to read another.

  6. Kathleen Roy: 2 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed both The Gilded Hour and Where the Light Enters! I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. Is there one being written? In the meantime I’ll read the Into the Wilderness series. I’m so happy to have discovered you as an author and have recommended your books to my sisters and friends.

  7. Sharon Sheeler: 2 years ago

    To Sara Donati… my husband of 54 years recently passed away and I cannot tell you how much your wonderful series Into the Wilderness has helped me get through this. I feel my husband loved me like Nathanial did Elisabeth. This series has been a godsend to me. I want to read every one of your books now. You are a most amazing author!

  8. Amelia Spittle: 2 years ago

    I just finished reading Into the Wilderness Ave enjoyed it so much. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I plan to order the rest of the set as soon as possible . Love your writing .

  9. Margaret Barnes: 2 years ago

    My sister and I have thoroughly enjoyed your books, The Gilded Hour and Where the Light Enters. We hope we can enjoy more of Anna and Sophie’s adventures in the future. Thank you!

  10. Susan France: 3 years ago

    My sister introduced me to your “Into the Wilderness” series of books which I read during the past two years. Since I live in the New York region where these stories took place, I could envision the locales where the character traveled. I then read the two books in the Gilded Series. I am anxiously awaiting another book in either/or both series. You are an amazing writer.

  11. Judith White: 3 years ago

    I’ve read every last one and now I sit on tender hooks waiting to read more about Sophie and Anna. I know it may be a few more years, but these books are so engaging that I’m sure the next volume will entrap me.

  12. B. stagg: 3 years ago

    You are now my favorite author. Congratulations on a great talent. I look forward to reading all your works. I have many to look forward to since I have only read ‘The Gilded Hour’ and Into ‘The Wilderness’.

  13. Jean M McMahon: 3 years ago

    I was wondering if you are going to add to the Wilderness Series or the Gilded Series. You are a fantastic writer, I have Authors that I love and you are now at the top of my list, I enjoy your books so much, that is why I am inquiring about follow-ups.
    PS: I also have three people that I have shared them with.

  14. Susan L Manor: 3 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed both The Gilded Hour and Into The Wilderness. I learned so much from this author. Anthony Comstock became my enemy. I know he was a real person who made life miserable for so many women. I read that he was a fanatic who judged everyone by his own narrow view of the world. A miserable man. I will continue to read her books and will share them with others. A great read.

  15. Jean M McMahon: 3 years ago

    I was introduced to you by a friend, in turn I gave “The Gilded Hour” to my friend and she is as excited about this author as I am.. Thank you.


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