- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 12, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062685353
- ISBN-13: 978-0062685353
- ASIN: 006268535X
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 309 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Peeling back the layers of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series allows Miller to reveal the real Caroline Ingalls, Wilder’s mother. Not to be missed by Wilder’s grown-up fans or those who enjoy historical fiction about the settling of the American West in the late 1800s.” (Library Journal)
“Through assured prose, Miller puts us in those conversations, showing us the fear and uncertainty behind Wilder’s implacable, unflappable “Ma,” but also her strength and devotion to her husband and children... this is a stunning novel. Miller’s research is impeccable and her writing exquisite...” (Historical Novels Review, Editors’ Choice)
“Comforting, inspiring and beautifully written, Caroline is a precious addition to the story of the Ingalls family but stands on its own as a testament to the spirit, grit and courage that built America.” (Mary Jane Clark)
“A master of historical fiction, Miller forges Caroline Ingalls into a formidable, complex pioneer woman, and adult fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series will delight in this portrayal of “Ma.” Beguiling, pulse-pounding historical fiction.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“I was entertained, transported, and inspired by Sarah Miller’s CAROLINE. Each passage was written with so much care and love, I now can’t imagine reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series without a copy of CAROLINE close at hand.” (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Shelley Shepard Gray)
“Readers who grew up cherishing the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder will find much to savor in Caroline...Full of lyrical descriptions of the wild beauty of the Kansas countryside, Caroline is a well-researched and thoughtful look at the inner life of one of America’s most famous frontier women.” (BookPage)
“Now, Miller draws her [Caroline Ingalls] onto center stage, gifting readers with a beautiful portrait of a remarkable, true pioneer. This is a beautiful tribute to a mother and a family who followed their dreams and a tale that is as uplifting and real as the original Little House books.” (RT Book Reviews)
“A stunning and sentimental novel brimming with historical detail, Caroline grants readers a chance at a new experience with an old familiar story.” (Bustle)
About the Author
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.
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As a girl, of course I found Laura's perspective enthralling, but as I grew older I eyed everything from a modern world, feminist view, and occasionally wondered how dear Pa's wanderlust, failed ambitions, and forays actually impacted his wife. This book was a great reminder that things were so different. As I'd read the original books, Laura focused so much on Pa, that I wondered what Caroline was really thinking and feeling every time they moved, nearly starved, journeyed from their close knit family and community. It was also eye opening to realize how young Caroline would have been when they made the move, and that she was actually pregnant with Baby Carrie, and didn't acquire Jack until Pet and Patty. Not to mention just the having to do things like laundry out in the prairie.
It was a real 'driveway moment' for me,because I first heard about while driving to meet a friend for breakfast on a Sunday morning and the author was being interviewed. My friend texted asking why I was late, and I had to respond I was in my car listening to the radio.
This is the story of Caroline, Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother, from her own perspective as the family moved from their familiar, family-laden Wisconsin to the rough land of Kansas. Remember, in that era, there was almost nothing there but the ground. Imagine being a pregnant woman with two young children traveling to Indian territory with uncertain food sources, wolves, and isolation. This is the harrowing story of a strong pioneer woman who tells us at each stage what they go through and how it feels. If this book doesn't take you there, nothing will. As you read it, you are there and you experience it too.
Author Caroline Miller must be wise beyond her years, since the inner thoughts of Caroline always ring true with the surrounding circumstances. They have to cross the perilous Mississippi River (in a wagon filled with household goods), deal with weather, fight a prairie fire, build their own house, hunt/harvest their own food, and cope with the fears and hopes of a new life in a strange place.
You will hear the "voice" of Caroline long after you finish this book, as her character shines so strongly, revealing both the vulnerable and strong sides she possesses. Fans of the "Little House" books and TV show will enjoy this, yet then be surprised by the additional depth to the story. Especially for those expecting the TV series, know that this is not lite TV nor superficialty. It has the classic tone of gems like "My Antonia" (Willa Cather) and "Sarah, Plain and Tall" (Patricia MacLachlan).
Notes: The reviews here stating the book is too "sex" or "lust" oriented are ridiculous. This is the most tame love story you will read. The author humanizes the characters, so yes they have to go to the "necessary" and life is not quite as glossy as in the "Little House" books. Of course Caroline is attracted to her husband Charles, but it's so carefully done and subtle that it would not offend even the most sensitive reader.
This is one of the best reads I've had in the past year, and I read about 100 books a year. I highly recommend it.
Today we talk talk talk, behind our phones and in our safe places. But when it comes to doing, we fail the mark. Not Caroline. Love you all over again. (less)