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Sara Donati | A Sweeping Western Saga

The Sweet Blue Distance
Sara Donati




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April 2024
On Sale: April 2, 2024
Featuring: Carrie Ballentyne
672 pages
ISBN: 1984805053
EAN: 9781984805058
Kindle: B0C9ZFMFV4
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Also by Sara Donati:
The Sweet Blue Distance, April 2024
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Where the Light Enters, September 2019
Where the Light Enters, September 2019
The Gilded Hour, September 2015

1--What is the title of your latest release?


2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?

From the author of the international bestseller Where the Light Enters comes a sweeping Western saga centered around a young midwife who journeys from New York City to New Mexico in 1857.

3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?

I had been thinking about the story setting for at least ten years.

4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?

Yes. They are generally easy going and interesting people

5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?

cautious, skilled, courageous

6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?

The Kiowa, a native nation of the Great Plains, used symbols and drawings to record important events, a kind of calendar.

7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?

I’m always editing.

8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?

hazelnuts, gianduja

9--Describe your writing space/office!

Small study, piles of books, lots of maps, generally messy.

10--Who is an author you admire?

Just one? Really?  Okay, so here you go: Thomas Hardy.

11--Is there a book that changed your life?

When I was about ten I read To Kill a Mockingbird. I was shocked and delighted to learn that a young girl’s story would be listened to.

12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.

I have to admit that I don’t remember when I got word about Homestead, my first novel and winner of the PEN/Hemingway award.  I was a little daunted by the prospect of a ceremony at the Kennedy library in Boston.

13--What’s your favorite genre to read?

It would be easier to say what I don’t much care to read: sports related novels, international spy novels, cozy mysteries.

14--What’s your favorite movie?

Groundhog Day, Last of the Mohicans, When Harry Met Sally.

15--What is your favorite season?


16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

I gave up on birthdays when I turned 60. But I do like having dinner out.

17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?

Justified, Handmaid’s Tale, Hell on Wheels

18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Italian, and others

19--What do you do when you have free time?

watercolor, digital media art, reading

20--What can readers expect from you next?

The third novel in the Waverly Place series.


The Sweet Blue Distance

A young midwife travels west to the New Mexico Territory to care for women in need and faces dangers more harrowing than the ones she’s fleeing in this epic tale of survival, redemption, and love from Sara Donati, the international bestselling author of the Wilderness series.

1857: In a bid to outrun her past, Carrie Ballentyne accepts a nursing position with a doctor in the New Mexico Territory. She knows the journey from New York to Santa Fe will not be easy, but she relishes the adventure. However, nothing could have prepared her for the wilderness she encounters. Its vastness and power are awe-inspiring, stunning in both beauty and brutality. To endure, she must learn to rely on her fellow travelers—and one enigmatic man in particular. As the small, tight-knit group tackles challenge after challenge, she feels her heart opening to this rugged land—and the people willing to risk so much for one another.

The trip west is only the beginning of Carrie’s challenges, though. In Santa Fe, she compassionately and respectfully helps women bring new life into the world, making her beloved among new mothers. Soon, however, she realizes that her employer and his wife are keeping secrets from her, and she must ferret out the truth to protect their young daughter. But to save the little girl she’s come to cherish, Carrie will have to confront the demons in her own past—a feat that will take all of her bravery with the help of the man she’s grown to love and depend on above all others.

With its vivid descriptions of the breathtaking western landscape and its irresistible characters, The Sweet Blue Distance is the unforgettable story of one woman’s courage to heal herself, her family, and the women entrusted to her care.


Mystery | Western | Thriller Historical [Berkley, On Sale: April 2, 2024, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781984805058 / eISBN: 9781984805072]

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About Sara Donati

Sara Donati

Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi. Rosina lives with her husband (the Mathematician) their adult daughter (once referred to as Girl Child but at the moment without a code name), Jimmy Dean (Pupper Extraordinaire), Bella Cat, and the occasional foster doggo, in the middle of an overgrown garden near the Puget Sound. She misses the East Coast and living in a city. Sara lives with them and refuses to help with dishes or answer the phone, but she is in fact working on the sequel to The Gilded Hour.





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