Little House, Revisited

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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: [United States] : HarperCollins, 2017
ISBN: 9780062685360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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ArapahoeKati Jan 13, 2021

A moving and well-developed portrait of Ma, and a glimpse into American history that isn't often told, namely the expulsion of Native Americans and the perspective of white settlers on the land.

Apr 27, 2019

I adored this story and found the author's portrayal of Caroline full of depth. I appreciated how this story gave such insight into Caroline's feelings about this extremely difficult move from Wisconsin to Kansas. I was drawn to her as she expressed her concerns regarding leaving her home, facing challenging situations, the raising of her young girls, her pregnancy and her relationship with her husband. I completely disagree with GinaFin in regards to the sexual scenes. I found the rather tame descriptions of Charles' and Caroline's loving sexual feelings toward each other tastefully done and quite realistic. I found it so refreshing to read about how these two felt toward each other as husband and wife; it added yet another dimension to their already rich characters. Whereas so many books promote sexual feelings and actions between unmarried men and women, I found that this element (and there really wasn't very much) was appropriate in this account and affirmed the sanctity and beauty of marriage. Splendidly written, Caroline is one of the most compelling and enriching books I have ever read.

Nov 14, 2018

I'm a gal who was actually named after Laura Ingalls and didn't like the books. My mother loved them and the TV show but I couldn't process how demanding and unrelatable the main character was. I took more the Little Women and other books. Nonetheless I always loved books about pioneers and going west. When I found this book about the Little House from another point of view I gave it a shot. I loved Caroline's character, the description of her thoughts and feelings. It's more mature than the Little House books and focuses more on the seriousness of the journey. I highly recommend it!

JCLHeatherM Jul 08, 2018

Caroline Ingalls was the continual glue that held her family together; through triumphs and trials, Caroline relied on her faith and ingenuity to keep her family together during their trek to the Kansas Territory where they faced Indians, wolves, and uncertainty head-on. Her core strength is cemented as her family returns to Wisconsin after over a year in Kansas.

Jun 07, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and have recommended to others who have said they liked it too. A book you should not pass up!

May 31, 2018

As a lover of the Little House books and all things pioneer, I was a little wary of someone taking on the first-person viewpoint of Caroline Ingalls. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how accurately and poignantly the life of a wife and mother on the prairie was portrayed. Highly recommend it.

ArapahoeMaryA 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)!

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.

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.

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