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In this novel authorized by the Little House estate, 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 80 years, generations 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.

©2017 Sarah Miller and Little House Heritage Trust (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Arduous

A huge fan of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of books along with the television show Little House on the Prairie I was anticipating being taken back to joyful entertainment. This book is like reading a poorly written, in the sense of entertainment, term paper. Spare yourself and don't be tempted. This is a dud.

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touching and deep.

after a lifetime of loving the little house books this was a real treat! it's very well read, even better then Cherry Jones.

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Excellent Narration; Perfect for Little House Fans

This is the story of Little House on the Prairie told from "Ma's" point of view. It's not a page turner, and if you're already a Little House fan, there are few surprise (the author admits to changing some things to make them more historically accurate) but I still got teary-eyed in all the same parts fans have come to know and love. Also, it was interesting to see things from Ma's point of view. Dealing with two little girls age five and three, while pregnant, in a tiny little covered wagon. Giving birth in a strange land where you don't know anyone, and trying to hold your family together during impossible situation after impossible situation.

I found myself annoyed with Pa. I am a big Pa fan, seen through Laura's adoring eyes. But when you see the danger he put his family through, not because he had to, but because he wanted to, it was very frustrating. But Caroline is a devoted wife and follows him through thick and thin.

Well worth the read, and now I want to go back and read the originals again! The narration was perfectly Caroline's voice.

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Annoying

As other reviewers mentioned, being in Caroline’s head and listening to the complaining gets old fast. Really didn’t enjoy this book much.

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Beautifully written book swamps reader with details

This writer knows how to write gorgeous prose that gets the emotions onto the page. Unfortunately she has no idea how to pace the story. Granted, she was following “Little House on the Prairie,” but an author with better storytelling skills would have milked the plot for tension, and varied the pacing so that the avalanche of details didn’t stop the momentum of the story.

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I wanted to love this book.

Growing up, I loved the Little House on the Prairie books. I can remember saving my allowance to go to the bookstore to buy each one. So naturally, I wanted to love this novel.

The narrator did a beautiful job. She sounded just like Caroline did in my mind. The first quarter of the book I really enjoyed. However, after that point I started to lose interest and felt like the story started to include scenes that are inaccurate for the time and unnecessary.

It took me an unusually long time to listen to this book. In the end, I'm glad that I experienced it. But overall, it was a disappointment. I think now I may go back and revisit the original Little House on the Prairie series. I am sure my perspective is an adult is quite different.

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5 stars all around

I loved the rich story & the narration was stellar as well. As a repeat reader of all things Little House, I was intrigued by getting Ma's perspective and I was not disappointed as her perspective was fascinating and beautifully written.

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A new point of view!

I grew up with the Little House Series and I will never forget the stories and life lessons that are gifted to the reader from Laura’s words. This is a retelling of The Little House on the Prarie from Caroline Ingalls’s point of view. I actually find it quite refreshing to hear it all from an adult perspective rather than the innocence of a child. Laura told us of the day to day monotony of travel and struggle as a child would see it. Endless days of open skies, camping outdoors, wanting to play or walk rather than ride, fear during a river crossing, missing a beloved pet who was believed drowned, and the excitement once a new home was found.

In Caroline’s point of view we see the melancholy of leaving friends and family, the trepidation of moving from an established home, the travails of pregnancy, the desire of wanting to protect two little ones on the open road, wanting to please her husband, inner dialogue, guilt, and thoughts that many a pioneer woman no doubt wrestled with, and the struggles of creating a home where once there was none. It is the same beloved stories that we are all familiar with. It is just from a different point of view.

The fact that Ms Miller received permission and approval from the Wilder estate gives reassurance that the novel she has written holds fast to the truth and spirit of the original work. I’d like to see more of the beloved stories retold from Ma’s point of view or even Pa’s! A new perspective is always a refreshing change! 10/10!

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Loved it!!

I absolutely loved this grown-up version of Little House on the Prairie! Wonderful wonderful read.

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Obviously, I didn't like it

Where to start ? Others have reviewed this positively; I can not. I loved the Little House books, but this retelling of "Little House on the Prarie" was boring, dreary, and charmless. I hated Charles for his selfishness ( putting his wife through the hardship of a 700 mile trip by wagon while pregnant, no regard for the hardships and hazards to her or the two young children). Caroline's inner dialogue was endless and tedious. If you love the Little House books, this will change your view of them. And the narrator ! Ugh ! Her singing was abysmal and her voice for Charles, terrible. Re-read the Little House books but skip this.