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Best bet: the Sara Donati page on Facebook. Novels published under both Donati and Lippi  are discussed there on occasion in a dedicated chat room/discussion group (located here). You will have to register to participate. But please do.

  • Hi. The family tree is awesome, and large. Capturing everyone is a huge undertaking.

    I noticed the son that died with Sara sings from books is not listed. His birth explains some of the amonisity between Nathaniel and Richard. Now that I think of it, curiousity said she had another son-late in life, who passed away before the stories came to life and, Polly’s family who-apparently died as well. As Leo lived with them for a time,I believe they existed and are not on the tree either.

    Also, when you ended the first series, you published on the web obituaries and announcements of some of Paradises citzens. Will you ever use those again? Can they be listed on the wiki somewhere, if they are not going to be used in future novels. I found they offered at the time, insight to life going on without the dead loved ones.

    All that being said, these 2 series are masterpieces and I often return to visit them. They are high among my favorites.

    • Hi Paula — wow, you are good. You are absolutely right on all counts about the family tree. Somewhere I have a list of things to be added to or corrected on the tree, and I will be sure that your notes are added. I really am impressed by your command of my huge cast of willful characters. Also, excellent idea about adding the obituaries. I will do that, too. As soon as I can, in these frantically busy days. Thanks again, for your notes and your kind words about the books.

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    What’s the right order for the Wilderness novels?

    1. Into the Wilderness
    2. Dawn on a Distant Shore
    3. Lake in the Clouds
    4. Fire Along the Sky
    5. Queen of Swords
    6. The Endless Forest (the working title was Hidden Wolf)

    The Waverly Place series:

    1. The Gilded Hour
    2. Where the Light Enters

    The bridge novel that connects the Wilderness and Waverly Place series:

    Little Birds.

       Finished June 2022; pub date April 2023

    Here are the other novels, written under my name instead of Sara’s:

    1. Homestead
    2. Tied to the Tracks
    3. The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square

    Greetings from my muse, Maxine.

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    I just finished reading Queen of Swords for the third time. In fact this is my third time reading the series. I am African-American and it traumatizes me at times to read about slavery. The way you wrote that book tore me to pieces, but it was so good. I appreciate the depth and research that you did. I am sure in the past there were people just like Honore Poiterin and probably even worse. Hannah has always been my hero and I am so happy she finally got her happy ending.
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    Queen of Swords
  • I read the entire series from beginning to end at least three times a year. By now, these characters feel like family. And sometimes you have to delve into mighty fine writing. For your soul.

  • How did Strikes the Sky die? Or, have I just not gotten there yet?

  • Historical fiction is my favorite genre and yours books are fabulous! After listening to the Outlander series 3 times in a row (I’m an Audible listener), I needed something new. Someone in an Outlander FB group suggested your Wilderness novels. It was a perfect suggestion. I enjoyed the your nod to Jamie, Claire and Ian in the first book. I don’t know how you and Diana create such wonderful characters. You draw me in and make me feel like they are real people, so much so that I feel like I miss them when the book is over.
    I am currently listening to the Wilderness series for the second time in a row. I love the characters you have created and the setting of the War of 1812. It’s fascinating to learn about that time period. I don’t recall learning about it at all in school.

    I’m excited to listen to your Waverly Place novels. Thank you for providing entertainment in a historical setting. 🙂

    • Hi Tracie — That’s pretty much why I wrote the series: no information provided in my otherwise good schooling. Once I got interested I couldn’t get out again. I’m so pleased you have enjoyed the books. Thanks for taking the time to write.

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