A Lantern in her Hand

A Lantern in her Hand

by Bess Streeter Aldrich
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A Lantern in Her Hand 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Abbie Mckenzie was young she dreamed of becoming a lovely lady like her grandmother. She wanted to paint beautiful pictures and become a world famous singer. She even gets a chance to fulfill those dreams when the dashing young doctor hears her singing, falls in love, and offers to take her East and away from Iowa with him. But people's ideals change sometimes. Abbie finds love with poor but steady Will Deal. She gives up everything to move to Nebraska with him. Many obsticals awaited them there but together they made it. Abbie and Will were barely getting by, but their children were as happy as kings. Maybe that's because their lovely mother braught them up "with a song upon her lips and a lantern in her hand". As Abbie Deal grows old, she realizes that none of her old dreams will ever come true for her but they will through her children. And as an old woman, she can look back on her life with a smile. This book is beautiful and touching and will bring tears to your eyes. I recomend this book because I absolutely loved it every time I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a girl, and it was always a favorite, one of the ones I would read over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was very touching! I loved the book alot and there were sad parts in the book as well as happy ones. It was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was reading the book, it felt like I was there with them out in the praire. I would really like to read it again if I found a copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites of all time. Not only does it accurately portray pioneer life but causes you to identify with Abbie. I am deffinitely going get my class to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an AMAZING book!!!!!!! I loved it! It has great lesson in how you should treat your life... It has good lessons about family also. I recomend this book to all of the girls that love biographies or realistic fiction biographies.
tennnesseecolleen More than 1 year ago
All of this series should be read. Wonderful history, romance, adventure---all written before I was born, and I'm 73!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this novel!!! The writer portrays Abbie's life so realisticely and makes you see the finer points in life! Very touching! I think all people sould read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a child in school I read the book over 30 times. Have been looking yrs for this book for my daughter, but i must read it first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read! I tells a great story about life in the west. It is a must read for children 10-13. I would recomend this to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I read it in middle school and it blew my mind away. I remember that I could not put this book down. The main character was a very strong woman. Every young girl should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately one of my favorite books of all time. Abby (main character) is very relatable and makes excellent protagonist. A fantastic read for historic-fiction-loving girls ages 10 and up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book that I had to get it for a school project. However, I bought it on the nook app and some of the words got cut off which was really bothersome since I need to quote the book in my paper. I was not too happy about that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book sadly anticlimactic and boring. It was qritten in sutch a way that it never really grasped my attention. I guess it does give you a look back at life in that time, but as far as stories go, I give it only one star.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been a family favorite for many years. My mother, sister and I have never gotten tired of this novel. It is a timeless story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first half of the story, because it was really sweet and touching that this girl could have become a great singer but gave it up to marry her love. I think it's sad that she never got to do anything with her voice and had to work so hard on the prarie. this book shows how life really was on the prarie then, instead od sugaring it up like the lit;e house on the prarie books. It's sad that her grandchildren at the end of the book, don't appercate how much she's been through for them, but i guess that's the way it is. The end of the book, is kinda drawn out, because the author spends to much time telling about her senior years. But over all a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 4 stars because it showed the 1800's in great depth. It's a must read for any ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was boring and Didn't go anywhere It was like running around in circles for no reason and never getting anywhere.