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The Late Sooner by [Jadlow, Sally]
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  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Roots & Branches (August 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FR20SS
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The Late Sooner by Sally Jadlow catches you with the introduction. Based on an actual diary from an Oklahoma plains settler Ms. Jadlow has woven a story we can all relate to and at the same time learn from. It's an easy quick read filled with information about the hardships, and hopes of the early settlers. Even if you have no interest in the history of Oklahoma you will enjoy this book.
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Ms. Jadlow has given us a rare treasure in this book. The story is based on a diary written by her great-grandfather, Sanford Deering. He tells about his adventures, and misadventures, trying to tame a homestead following the land rush to Indian Territory, Oklahoma, in the late 1800's. The voice is so clear, I felt I was sitting at the table listening in on the conversations, wiping tears during hard times, and laughing during the joyful times. The amount of research done becomes obvious as the book unfolds. Anyone can learn something from the experiences of this family and their friends. I came away appreciating my ancestors even more.
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The author manages to make each character consistent in his/her beliefs, and they are strong in their development. Too many authors today develop wishy/washy characters who bend their wills to accommodate the storyline. The storyline is interesting and lends itself well to the era of land grab in the 19th century. The main family lives during very difficult times as far as the machine age is concerned with little to make life easier for them. Deaths due to lack of modern medicines and practices are frequent and heart rendering, but these pioneers were strong enough to pick up the pieces and move on. In today's world, many of us wouldn't be able to come to grips with life's misfortunes and continue on as they did.
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I really enjoyed this novel -- one of the first I bought for my Kindle Fire. Another double review because my husband read and enjoyed it too! When we're tempted to whine about the AC and the coffee or toast, we need to get one of these stories out.

I don't want to give too many details; the author found an old journal, according to the book and filled in the cracks with love in a short book. The book isn't very long, so a lot of living is packed into the pages. A lot of hard living in difficult times...faith was tried and tested, yet the people survived and triumphed in that survival. In the late 1800s, this family left what would be outrageous living standards and took on impossible living standards to pursue a dream. The nightmare days and nights make the drama of any novel, but they stayed it out and the author envisions some good days too.

I learned about this book in a writers' group on Facebook, but I am not a pre-arranged reviewer. I downloaded the book for my Kindle because I wanted to read it and I'm glad I did. In February 2012, the publisher had a time of FREE downloads. Often the freebies are 'loser' books, but I gave this one a try and it was worth it. I would even have paid for it.

Some other reviewers have reported poorly presented copies; I would find that irritating too. I would encourage authors to trust one or two readers before going to press to get a good presentation if you prefer not to invest in a copyeditor. A good editor's intention is not to steal your story, but to make you look as smart as possible. The Kindle version is presented well. The vocabulary is probably appropriate for the day. You can feel safe letting your grandchildren find this book and read it. It is CLEAN!
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I found this to be a commendable effort by the author. I enjoyed many things about this book, while at the same time wished it went a bit further.

Why did we get such tiny snippets of the actual journal? Now, I realize that most journals are often deathly dull and confusing, but the author seems to have had more to work with than the few random sentences we got at the start of each chapter. I would have liked to see just a bit more of that.
Plus, there's hardly a mention that Sanford keeps a journal while the story unfolds. In fact, he's portrayed as an unlikely candidate for scholarly endeavors.

I didn't quite understand why poor Lucy had to starve with her kids on the prairie while Sanford was earning money in Missouri. Yes, I understand the author is relating real events, but I suppose it made me dislike Sanford and wonder at his poor planning. I mean, he's earning money and eating well in Missouri while his pregnant wife and little kids are subsisting on turnips for months on end. They drive into town to get a barrel of water because the well dried up. And Sanford couldn't send them some food on the train (that stops right in town)? Nothing at all? She's pregnant and starving, and he sends NOTHING. (With dire consequences.) And not too long after that he has enough money to buy a sawmill.

For all the buildup about overcoming hardship alluded to in the synopsis and the gushing blurbs, the trials they faced were fairly common. Drought, separation, money troubles. The worst thing they faced--apart from death, which I won't go into due to the spoiler factor--was the turnip diet, which, as I mentioned above, seemed to have been avoidable with a little better planning.
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