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A Wilder Rose Audiobook

A Wilder Rose

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Publisher's Summary

The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be. Now, best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert reimagines the fascinating story of Laura's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an intrepid world traveler and writer who returned to her parents' Ozark farm, Rocky Ridge, in 1928. There she began a collaboration with her mother on the pioneer stories that would captivate generations of readers around the world.

Despite the books' success, Rose's involvement would remain a secret long after both women died. A vivid account of a great literary deception, A Wilder Rose is a spellbinding tale of a complicated mother-daughter relationship set against the brutal backdrop of the Great Depression.

©2015 Susan Wittig Albert (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Sara 11-27-15
    Sara 11-27-15

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    "The Author Chose Her Angle And Ran With It"

    Well I'm at sixes and sevens about this book. I really wanted to love it. My kids all adored the Little House books and I have even visited the Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield Missouri. I had high hopes for some balance and insight in this book. The author admits that the book is a fictionalized account of the lives of the characters. This is where my problem may lie. It all felt a bit contrived.

    I wonder if there wasn't a hidden agenda in the topics that Albert chose to stress. The whole thing felt polarized and pushing a message---this made me wary and uncomfortable. I think the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of these stories. Overall, this was an uncomfortable and unhappy listen for me. I would love to find a book with the actual letters between mother and daughter--this, to me, would be an interesting read.

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    Susan Ratcliff 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Highly recommended"

    Interesting and excellent content. The audio was excllent quality and the reader was a pleasure to listen to.

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    Glitterific 08-10-16
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    "Broke my heart, but loved it anyway."

    Spoiler Alert
    The story moves like fiction but is very much a biographical account of the life of Rose Wilder Lane. We get to see Laura from the Little House books as "Mama Bess"-- all grown up and bossing around her adult daughter. A far cry from the books and TV show. A fascinating read, particularly the epilogue. This book made me want to study Rose's work and who could ask more than that type of reaction?!

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    fletpa2@msn.com Modesto, CA 04-18-16
    fletpa2@msn.com Modesto, CA 04-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a bit slow"

    A nice story but a bit slow. Complicated relationship between Mother and Daughter. Some interesting facts throughout book, but still very monotone. It was hard for me to finish.

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    zakoka 02-22-16
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    "nostalgic"

    I loved hearing this story. It's a true life follow u up to a beloved story as well as the behind the scenes look into the books.

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    utgrad 02-15-16
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    "classic love it a keeper for sure"

    Best book I have ever read in a long time classic too keep on the Shelley


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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would highly recommend this book to any Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. I've often wondered about the story behind the Little House series, and this book answers those questions. Though fiction, Albert puts together a plausible story, weaving in true life happenings from both Rose Wilder and Laura Ingalls Wilder.


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    S06N 08-28-15
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    "A Great Insight Into Freelance Writing "

    I found this book utterly fascinating. I was never a huge Laura Ingles Wilder fan as a child, but I'm now in love with Rose Wilder Lane. She was a pioneer for writing women everywhere.
    Mary Robinette Kowal is a fantastic narrator. She recommend this book on a podcast she contributes to, "Writing Excuses," and it was every bit as amazing as she said it was. Her southern accent is done just right. She never overplays the part, and she keeps her voice from varying in volume, (greatly appreciated for those of us listening with headphones).

    The story was well written, with a very contemplative climax, and a real sense of the struggles freelance writers face. Ms. Albert has a mastery of prose, a deft hand with detail, and raises the everyday drama of the 'dirty 30's' with subtle grace that most historical fiction writers lack.
    This may not be a great book for people looking for dramatized reenactments. This is an outstanding book for for any kind of writer though.

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    KrsTea Pasadena, MD, United States 05-20-15
    KrsTea Pasadena, MD, United States 05-20-15

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    "Endearing"

    I love the way that this story use the letters of Mrs. Lane to provide a narrative to a life that most of us could only dream of. Rose is even more special to me and I want to read her letters as they were written.

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    A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.

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    What did you love best about A Wilder Rose?

    It presented a Rose Wilder who was her own person and did not make decisions based on what her mother or society wanted. The author pieced bits of history into a narrative to tell about this amazing women. Yet Rose remained devoted and committed to her family.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Wilder Rose?

    The moment that impressed me was when she realized that the Little House of the Prairie books were going to be famous. She decided not to make a name for herself and leave the credit for the books to her mother.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rose was a strong willed independent woman who generously adopted sons. However, she was a bit too demanded with them. One of her sons told her he was not going to do what she wanted and stormed off.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wild Rose, Laura Ingalls' wilder child.


    Any additional comments?

    It is amazing that it took so long for the world to learn that Rose Wilder was actually the "ghost writer" for her mother's books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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