Into the Wilderness Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Into the Wilderness

Spinster Elizabeth Middleton, 29 years old, arrives in a small colonial town in the United States called Paradise, with her father, Judge Middleton, and her brother, Julian. Settling down to a new life in the freedom of this new land, Elizabeth sets out to provide an education for all the town children, white, black, and Indian. Problems arise when Elizabeth's father, cash broke, sets out to arrange a marriage between his daughter and the wealthy local doctor, Richard Todd. Elizabeth, however, finds that she has fallen in love with Nathaniel Bonner, a white man who lives as a Mohican, also a widower. Marrying Nathaniel would grant him the land that he has been seeking to own for so long, Hidden Wolf, the land that he lives on with his family. Marrying Todd would hand Hidden Wolf over to him instead. Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands, and secretly elopes with Nathaniel, which causes much disapproval and shock amongst the townspeople, including the parents of her pupils, and her own family. But can the newly-wed couple keep Todd away from Hidden Wolf?
Click here to see the rest of this review

The review of this Book prepared by Matthew S.

In 1792, Elizabeth Middleton, a 29 year old well educated spinster leaves her home in England to live on her father's lands in upstate New York and be a school teacher. However, on her arrival, Elizabeth learns that her father has no intention of starting a school, and that he has brought her to America so that she can find a husband, preferably the town's wealthy physician, Richard.   Elizabeth, on the other hand, is drawn to Nathanial Bonner, a white man who has been raised as a Mohican indian. Nathanial is a widower and Elizabeth immediately befriends his daughter, Hannah. Throught Nathanial, Elizabeth learns that the Mohicans have a claim to some of her father's lands, and she finds herself siding with them as she grows to accept their culture. Knowing that Richard's primary interest is her father's land, Elizabeth resists his advances. As the love between Elizabeth and Nathanial grows, the couple elope, and the tensions between the town's whites and indians come to a head.
The review of this Book prepared by fran laniado

This is a story about a woman who leaves the comforts of her home in england to join her father and brother in a remote New York mountain village. The year is 1792 and she is determined to start a school for the children of the village. She meets a white-man dressed like a native and they fall in love. They find themselves in conflict with local slave owners and exploring the untamed land she now calls home.
The review of this Book prepared by kathy patey

The first book in Donati's new series is a fast read. It is one of those books that you do not want to put down when it is time to go to sleep.
Elizabeth Middleton is a judge's daughter who journeys to the new world to begin her own school. What she does not know is that she will have to make a decision that will either break or make her family.
Nathaniel Bonner is a white man that lives with the Indians. He wants the land that they live on for himself and his family because it is rightfully theirs.
How will the epic love story between these two people play out in this historical romance novel?
The review of this Book prepared by Jessica

Chapter Analysis of Into the Wilderness

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   American "colonial" era Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   cowboy loving indian

Main Male Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   teacher Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   blissful    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   40% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Into the Wilderness

Sara Donati Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian