If I return in another life, I want to be just like
Caroline Ingalls. She had the strong unwavering love and
adoration of her husband, Charles, three sweet girls, and
was courageous, resilient, loving, and a brave pioneer
woman. What a perfect role model!
CAROLINE LITTLE HOUSE, REVISITED is a vivid depiction of the
hard, brutal life along with hardships of making a new life,
miles from family and friends in 1870.
This novel is authorized by the Little House estate and
portrays the deep and descriptive thoughts of Caroline as
she follows her husband's dream of a bountiful life in the
rugged Kansas territory. There the Osage Indians live not
too far away and think nothing of entering your home to take
whatever appeals to them. Interesting to note the
difference in feelings about the Indians from Caroline's
thoughts. She was biased against them, I believe mostly
from fear of them. Charles accepted and treated them
equally and showed no fear or bias towards them.
Charles has thought and talked of his dream of a new life
in the Kansas Indian territory and was enthusiastic when he
tells his wife that Mr. Gustafson has offered him one
thousand twelve dollars and fifty cents for their home and
land in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Caroline refuses to let
Charles dream die, and together they pack a covered wagon
with all it can hold, say tearful goodbyes to family and
friends and start their 700 mile journey from the woods of
Wisconsin to the plains of Kansas and a new life! The
journey was hard for Caroline as she was pregnant with her
third child and each bump and lunch of the wagon added to
her discomfort. How would she deal with childbirth with no
female to help her?
I grew up reading the beloved Little House Books, and was
captivated with the 1970's TV series. I found this book by
Sarah Miller a delightful telling of the Ingalls with a new
twist. Ms. Miller captures the voice of Caroline and she
was my heroine. Also captured sweetly was the love and
closeness between Charles and Caroline as they clung
together in the wild, rugged West that was their new home.
Charles always brought back a sweet surprise for the girls,
Mary and Laura, and for his wife. Each penny counted but he
never failed to find that special something that showed his
love. The glass panes for Caroline to go into the windows
facing east and west so she could watch the sunrise and
sunset of each new day. I swooned. The birth of Carrie
with the help of a neighbor, Mrs. Scott, touched my heart.
Mr. Edwards was a bachelor neighbor who saved Christmas by
bringing a sweet for the girls and a penny placed in their
stocking when there was no sight of Santa coming to the
Ingalls home that year. Many trials were faced, some caused
by nature, others by loneliness, illness, but in the end
Caroline was Charles' anchor and held the
family together. A precious read that I enjoyed and will
re-read. Bravo, Ms. Miller.
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.