Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah MillerCaroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller

Caroline: Little House, Revisited

bySarah Miller

Paperback | September 19, 2017

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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.

Sarah Miller writes historical fiction novels for children. Her novels include Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller, The Lost Crown, and The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century.
Title:Caroline: Little House, RevisitedFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.96 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062693158

ISBN - 13:9780062693150


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little House for grownups The Little House books were a huge part of my childhood. I adored them - not so much for the plots themselves, but for the in-depth look into pioneer life. I used to wish I could live in the Big Woods alongside the Ingalls. So how could I resist a book telling Ma’s side of the story? Caroline covers the time period when the Ingalls left the Big Woods and travelled via covered wagon to Kansas. The tone and pacing match the original series, as well as the in-depth detail of their temporarily nomadic life. But it has a distinctly adult tone as well, which took some getting used to. But that’s not the part that really stuck out for me. Miller decided to be true to the time period, which meant showing the Ingalls’ prejudice towards the First Nation peoples they encountered in Kansas. I understand the reasons behind her choice; she wanted it to be accurate. But it was really hard to read nonetheless. I couldn’t help but wish that they could have been more enlightened than the people around them. Overall, I think it’s a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2018-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful new perpective! I only found out about this book last month and went looking for it. So glad I did! As a Little house fan I felt this was very satisfying to learn from Ma's perspective. Goes well with the other authors who tried to fill in the gaps with verbal history.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reads Like an Episode of Little House This is a good book with a disappointing ending, because it's really a beginning. The Characters are written well, and are very similar to the one's we already know. I think this book makes a good first introduction to the Little House world, and if you like it, I suggest moving on to the T.V show or original stories.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book Interesting to see a year of the Ingalls family through Ma's eyes.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For Fans of the Ingalls family If you ran with Laura and Mary across the prairies. If you held the rope, with Laura, to travel back and forth to the barn in the blizzard. If you waited with her on a Friday afternoon to hear Almanzo coming to take her home for the weekend. Then you should read Caroline. The author has revisited the book Little House on the Prairie, from Caroline's point of view. There are some differences from the original as Sarah Miller has tried to stay closer to history in some places, but the story doesn't suffer for it. My only one complaint - and it is minor - is that the author included a bit of Caroline and Charles' sex life, which could have been avoided, in my opinion. It's no steamy, beach novel and still PG rated but I would have liked to stay out of the bedroom. All in all, I loved the book. And I fell even more in love with Ma and more aware of all that the pioneer women had to endure.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended to fans of Little House and newbies alike! I really loved this rendition of a Little House book for 'grown ups'. To see the story from a different perspective, and with a peek into the thought process of Caroline was amazing. I highly recommend this story, and eagerly hope a sequel is in the works!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! If you're like me, you blazed through the books, and then mourned the end of the Little House series as a kid. This book gave me a giant surge of dopamine, getting to re-experience that same joy and wonder. The same characters, like jolly Mr Edwards, Pa Ingalls, Laura, Mary, and Baby Carrie get new life to them, as they are perceived through the voice of self-restraint and love of Caroline Ingalls. This book was one I will keep proudly beside my other Little House books.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Caroline will enhance your Little House memories I've just turned the last page of Caroline by Sarah Miller - and I'm truly sad that it's ended, as I find myself wanting more. I had hesitated when I was offered the opportunity to read Caroline, as The Little House books are childhood favourites of mine. I imagined myself as Laura in many a book (and the television series as well) and didn't want to sully my perception of 'Ma.' Well, I needn't have worried - Sarah Miller's portrayal of Ma has only added to my love of this series and given it more depth. The Little House books are of course told through Laura Ingalls Wilder's eyes. Caroline is told through Ma's eyes, thoughts, heart and actions. It's the perfect accompaniment for adult readers who grew up reading the Wilder books. Miller does a wonderful job of portraying Caroline - the love between her and Charles, both intellectual and physical. And of course the love for her children and her desire to raise them 'right'. Her inner dialogue is often in turmoil, but she presents a calm, measured countenance to the world. Just as well depicted are the details of the physical and mental strength needed, moving, settling in a raw land, raising children in this time and the details of daily life. But, along with those hardships are the moments of joy. Simple things - good weather, a kind neighbour, music, family and many more 'small' things. We all need to take a step back from our consumerism and enjoy the simple pleasures that life has to offer. As adults, we can view the prejudice and disturbing historical actions of moving the First Nations peoples to reserves with the contrition it deserves. Miller's author notes at the end explained a few departures from Wilder's memoirs. Miller had the permission of the Little House Heritage Trust. Caroline has found a place beside the Little House books on my bookshelf.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Almost like reading a new version of little house on the prairie!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring A fabulous new historical outlook for Little House on the Prairie fans.
Date published: 2017-09-19

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“A stunning and sentimental novel brimming with historical detail, Caroline grants readers a chance at a new experience with an old familiar story.”