Caroline is a lovely story for anyone that’s a fan of Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I was surprised (happily) to see this title arrive in my mailbox because I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone of fantasy, sci-fi and mystery books. And, this was the perfect story to get me there!
If the title didn’t give it away, this book is about Caroline, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s mother, from her own perspective as the family moved from their home in Wisconsin to Kansas. Remember, in the late 1800s, it was far more difficult to travel via ground transportation, especially a mother of two girls with another baby on the way.
Caroline is a story about a strong pioneer woman braving the unknown, and I felt as if I was going through these experiences right alongside Caroline.
My personal recommendation? Read it!
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 12, 2018)
USA Today Bestseller!
One of Refinery29’s Best Reads of September
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.
About Sarah Miller
Sarah Miller began writing her first novel at the age of ten and has spent the last two decades working in libraries and bookstores. She is the author of two previous historical novels, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller and The Lost Crown. Her nonfiction debut, The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century, was hailed by the New York Times as “a historical version of Law & Order.” She lives in Michigan.
I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.