Caroline

Caroline

Little House, Revisited

Book - 2017
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062685346
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 24 cm

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AL_MARYA Apr 09, 2018

Little House fans will enjoy this telling of pioneer life from Caroline's perspective.

LPL_JillM Apr 06, 2018

I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was a little girl, but I thought this book might be like watching movie sequels – often disappointing. However, it was recommended by a friend, so I gave it a shot, and I loved it! Authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, this is the same Little House on the Prairie story – just written from Ma’s perspective instead of Laura’s, and it’s written for adults. The author does a wonderful job in keeping the same tone. Reading this book made me feel just the same way I felt when I read Little House as a girl. I was again fascinated by the self-sufficiency of the Ingalls family, and I really enjoyed getting to know Ma better. I could barely sit still when they lost control of the wagon crossing the creek and when they were fighting the prairie fire. I sort of want to describe this book as reading “candy” but it would be more accurate to say it’s like dipping a ginger cookie in hot coffee with cream – delicious and a comfort at the same time (but for grownups)!

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GinaFin
Mar 14, 2018

I am a huge fan of Little House books and TV series and have been since the early 1960's. I have all of the books re: Little House in my personal library. I love re-reading them as they give an appreciation for the conveniences of today. I love the pioneer and western settings.

I was very, very disappointed in this book. It was too wordy and just dragged on and on. I had also hoped that the reviewers on Amazon and numerous other places were exaggerating about the sex scenes. Well, they were not. The numerous sex scenes were totally unnecessary and awkward - definitely NOT in good taste for a Little House book. Charles getting turned on by Caroline's braid? I should have just stopped reading right there. They had sex back then but leave it to the imagination. We didn't need to read about it all like a cheap romance novel.
This was definitely a weird, strange twist on Little House pioneer experience. Definitely NOT worthy of my Little House collection. I bought the Kindle copy of it when it was on sale on Amazon just before reading the large print book from the library. When I found that it was nothing but a cheap, trashy sex pioneer story, I deleted it from my Kindle library. I should have just not read the book - period. It was deceiving on the inside, having such a beautiful and innocent looking cover. The author took what could have been a great book about Caroline's perspective and made Caroline seem to be a mess.
I definitely will not be reading any of this author's books in the future. What a waste of time. If you want pioneer experience, there are plenty of other good books out there.

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BooksAmy
Jan 22, 2018

I liked the relationships the family had with one another and their neighbors. Traveling via horse and carriage took time and made me grateful that cars are now used.

CatherineG_1 Oct 26, 2017

Sarah Miller writes the Little House story from the perspective of Caroline Ingalls or Ma.
She was chosen by the Laura Ingalls Foundation and remained quite true to the original story.
Miller captures the love Ma had for her children, husband and extended family.

JudyK_KCMO Oct 04, 2017

What did Ma of Little House on the Prairie think about leaving family in Wisconsin to travel to Kansas with Pa, Mary and Laura. This novel is a retelling of the beloved Wilder classic from Ma's perspective. While the book is enjoyable, it borrows dialogue and plot lines from the original story. A unique rendition of the original.

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Mar 14, 2018

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AL_MARYA Apr 09, 2018

You may be afraid, but you may not let your fear chase you away from what must be done.

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