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In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.
In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril.
The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Caroline’s new world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles’ hands into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses.
For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontier’s most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly reimagines our past.
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About the Author
Sarah Miller began writing her first novel at the age of ten, and has spent the last two decades working in libraries and bookstores. She is the author of two previous historical novels, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller and The Lost Crown. Her nonfiction debut, The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century, was hailed by the New York Times as "a historical version of Law & Order." She lives in Michigan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading about life in pioneer days, and I agree with the reviewer I am glad I live in the modern century. My ancestors lived during these times, must have been very difficult. I liked the characters and enjoyed they put Mr. Edwards in the story, he was a great character in the tv series
Splendid! Mix of fact and table and from a view never before seen. It was a wonderful change in perspective.
Caroline is the story of that unforgettable journey that a little girl named Laura Ingalls Wilder took to Kansas but this is her Ma's side of the story! In those frigid February days in 1870 in Wisconsin, Caroline and her young family leave the comfort of family and home to venture out to the unknown of Indian Territory aka Kansas. Caroline will soon realize how strong she truly is during rough times while trying to build a new life that will ultimately send them on a journey that will lead them to a little girl telling their story for the world to know! I have been a huge Laura Ingalls Wilder fan ever since I was 5 years old or so and this book is purely icing on the cake for me! I have read Little House On The Prairie way too many times to count but to read it from Caroline's point of view just makes it more believable or at lest for me it does. I'm not gonna spill much about this book but there is a certain point in this book that will make Caroline more likable for what she has to endure to protect her family, this book truly brings her out from the background from her famous daughter's books! All I can say is that if you loved Little House On The Prairie, you need to read this book, you so won't be disappointed!! Thank You to Sarah Miller for writing this book of Caroline to make people see her in a whole new light!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Edelweiss!
I like to call this book “Fifty Shades of Little House on the Prairie”. It’s a little too sexy for young readers but it’s an interesting perspective.
This story was authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust. It is the “Little House on the Prairie” book in Laura Ingalls Wilder series for children, but from Ma’s point of view. As a child I read that series again and again and again and again… Well you get the picture. I was a little hesitant about reading this but I was pleasantly surprised. It was done with real authenticity. Caroline was pretty much as I imagined her to be. She was constantly aware of how her manner affected Mary and Laura, always wanting to set a good example. She never wanted them to see her cry and barely even smile or laugh. It must have been very hard work, internalizing all her feelings like that. In the beginning they set out for Kansas with Mary and Laura. Caroline is pregnant with Carrie. Can you imagine that kind of trip while being pregnant? There are hardships and there are times to sing and be happy. There is also some discreet sex in it! I loved the book and highly recommend it.
Unlike many, I don't picture Karen Grassle from the TV show when I think of Ma Ingalls. I picture an amalgamation of the Ma shown in Garth Williams's illustrations from the books, and the real-life Ma shown in photographs. As such, I picture the title character in this book the same way, and found it very easy to get into the story. I liked reading her thoughts, as well as events that are glossed over in the books, like her pregnancy with Carrie, the baby's birth, and Ma's musings about the newborn. Also, we get her perspective on her two older girls: she verbally praises Mary's good manners and eagerness to help, but also groans inwardly because Mary clearly behaves that way precisely because she wants to be praised. Meanwhile, she feels sympathy for the younger Laura, always forced to follow Mary's example. Ironically, it makes Mary easier to relate to: instead of being the sickeningly saintly goody two shoes of the books, she's actually as childishly selfish as Laura in her own way.
It was so slow and tedious! Too much detail about what Caroline was feeling. However, you could see Karen Grassle telling this story. So much like the tv show.