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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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A fun, nostalgic read!

I really enjoyed reading this. I loved these books as a girl and now that I'm married with my own two girls I definitely relate more to Caroline than to Laura. It does get long-winded at times (how much description of someone's breathing can there be?!), but it's a fun read. It helped to picture the actors from the TV show, too!

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My childhood has been ruined

I was really looking forward to this book. When I read the other reviews my thought was “how could they say it’s awful? “Well, it is.

It begins just fine. I enjoyed hearing the minute details of how she lived in the 1870s. I enjoyed the stories of linseed oil on diapers, how she made water potable, And the other tiny little details of how life used to be. And then Charles spoke. It was horrible. Someone should have told this Narrator That Pa Wasn’t a gravelly voiced creep. Other male voices in this book could easily have been his. When I first read the review about the performance I thought it couldn’t be that bad. It was. And then it got worse

Not only did the voice ruin things for me, but the steamy sex scenes between the two were unnecessary and really grossed me out. I assume that the majority of people reading this book read them as children. The innocence is definitely lost in this book. I now have the image of Charles his tent stuck in my minds eye and it sickens me. I secretly enjoy steamy trash novels on vacation, but there is a time and a place for them ....and it isn’t on the Prairie.

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loved it!

so nice to read a beloved childhood book, here told from an adult's perspective. wish there was an adult version for each book in the series.

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Really enjoyed this story.

I loved the little House on the Prairie books but never really thought of Caroline Ingalls as more than the stern mother with the gentle smile who baked and warned her daughters against vanity. This story made her real in a way that the Laura Ingalls Wilder
books never did. I truly appreciated this book.