Two of my favorite movies are Last of the Mohicans and Pride and Prejudice. When I saw this book and the characters, it seemed to be right up my alley. The book details the lives of Hawkeye’s son, Nathaniel Bonner and an English woman named, Elizabeth Middleton, who is a 29 year old spinster of the late 1700’s. The similarities Into the Wilderness has to one of my favorite books, Outlander, was undeniable, too.
Although it was similar, Into the Wilderness felt less like a history book than Outlander did at times, and as much as I loved Outlander, the historical information dumps did get to me. That’s not to say that I didn’t love Outlander, on the contrary, but in my opinion, Into the Wilderness strikes a better balance between historical information and fiction. Outlander, is just epic – in detail, in characters, in writing style, and information. It’s not fair to compare the two but the author, Sara Donati, obviously invited the comparison as the book reads like Outlander and Last of the Mohican fanfiction at times.
The writing was very good. Her characters were well depicted and intriguing. There’s nothing that I disliked about the book, but it’s not Outlander, then again, nothing is. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Read this book more with Last of the Mohicans in mind, and I think it can be appreciated more than if one tries to compare it with Outlander.
I found Nathaniel to be much like his father, Daniel Bonner, whom I adore! And the new character, Elizabeth Middleton, is a strong, intelligent, likable female protagonist. She’s a woman with a grand story to tell and one that is worth hearing/reading. Their chemistry is wonderful and feels much like the scene in Last of the Mohican movie where Hawkeye takes Cora with such intensity. I loved it.
It was well worth my time, as it is a long read — over 400 pages — and I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the next in the series.