Fire Along the Sky: news

newsI get between twenty and fifty emails a week asking about the publication date of the new novel, which I can finally state with certainty: 08/31/2004. ISBN: 0-553-80146-5.

This is the North American publication date; when I know about Australia/NZ, you’ll know too — but it’s most probably at the same time. Yes, this date is later than I expected. Please don’t kill the messenger.

When I have the new cover art I’ll put it up here. In the meantime: below (ta-da) is the cover copy, which will answer some of the many questions readers have been asking.

The year is 1812 and Hannah Bonner — known as Walking Woman among her husband’s people, the Seneca — has returned to her family’s mountain cabin in Paradise in upstate New York from the wars in the west. She has come home without Strikes-the-Sky or their son…and with a story she can’t bear to tell. As Hannah resumes her duties as a gifted healer among the sick and needy, she also slowly gathers the strength she will need to heal herself. Little does she realize that she is about to be called away to face her greatest challenge ever.

News of the latest conflict with Britain finds the young men of Paradise –including eighteen year old Daniel Bonner –eager to take up arms. Against their better judgment, Nathaniel and Elizabeth must let him go, just as they must let his twin sister Lily pursue her independence in Montreal under the protection of their eldest son, Luke, who will face his own challenge: on the eve of the War of 1812, an expected guest arrives in Canada from Scotland. It is the Bonner’s distant cousin, the newly widowed Jennet Scott of Carryckcastle. Far from their respective homes, Lily and Jennet will each deal with regret and the possibility of new love.

While Paradise copes with a harsh winter and the far-reaching repercussions of an old enemy’s schemes, it is Hannah who must risk everything once more—this time to save Daniel, who’s been wounded in battle and taken prisoner by the British. As the distant thunder of the War of 1812 threatens Paradise, Hannah may learn to live—and maybe love—again in one final act of courage, duty, and sacrifice.

thanks to Tracey for catching that typo.

4 Replies to “Fire Along the Sky: news”

  1. Hi Sara,

    This is soooo great! It makes my mouth water for more, more, more! One question: isn’t Daniel the 18 year old Bonner, not Luke? Doesn’t really matter, I’m just so excited to know that it’s actually got a release date, even if it is way too far off. By the way I love this site ? I check it every day, even though I don’t usually post.

    It’s been a really rough new year for me. My 18 yr old sister-in-law was in a bad motorcycle accident at the beginning of the year, let’s just say she may not keep her leg, but the point is, I’ve spent many hours in the past few weeks sitting by her bed and reading her Into the Wilderness, which she had never heard of before. It’s been so wonderful for me to revisit the Bonners (for the sixth time) and to introduce it to her. She’s enjoying it so much that she says losing herself in the story makes her forget all the pain in body for a while. So thanks for that. You are one of the most amazing storytellers I’ve had the pleasure of discovering. I say storyteller and not writer, because anyone can write, but only a storyteller can actually transport you into another world, and that’s just what you do. Please don’t ever stop.

    Well, guess I should stop rambling when all I really wanted to say was thank you and congratulations on finishing the new book. The date is already marked on my calendar.

    Tracey P

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law’s trouble. Tell her hello from me and best wishes for a quick recovery. And I’m pleased my stories have been a bit of a distraction for her (and you).

  3. That teaser is just enough to make my mouth water. What a wonderful continuation of the story. I have read several series(?)that cannot hold up after several books but, Sara, the ITW books just seem to get better and better. I didn’t think anything could top the first one but Fire Along the Sky sounds just as exciting. This one will have a special meaning because in my family research, I’ve found a great-great who fought in the War of 1812. Thank you. Now all we have to do is find the patience to wait until it’s published.
    Anne G

  4. First, I can’t seem to get registered for the new discussion forum — I think it has something to do with the fact I’m technically challenged (will keep trying);

    then, you tell me Fire Along the Sky won’t be out until August — I can’t wait that long — the only thing keeping me going was knowing it would be out this spring (or so we had hoped)!!!!!!

    Finally, there’s a chance Hannah and Strikes-the-Sky may no longer be together???!!!??? — their coming together was so intense I really hoped for them a lasting relationship and to continue to read about their adventures with the hopes they would return to Paradise…..

    My heart is breaking here — you must make this poor soul happy by continuing to post excerpts from the book because I can’t wait until August!!!

    Sorry, my passion for your books got the best of me….guess I’ll have to reread the first three. Also, rented “The Last of the Mohicans” because I saw it referenced a few times along w/ your books and did not know Nathaniel and Chinahook (spell?) were characters in that movie…does your book continue their adventures or did your books come first or what?

    Waiting impatiently in Georgia, Cindy Hendley

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