Author: Sarah Miller
I have a soft spot in my heart and a long history with the Little House stories so when TLC Book Tours asked me to be a part of this very special book tour of course I said yes! Little House on the Prairie was the very first book I plucked off my mother’s bookshelf when I was finally deemed old enough and first allowed to stay up past my bedtime so long as I was quiet and didn’t wake my sister whom I shared a room with (the birth of an insomniac bookworm!). I wasn’t allowed to read many books or watch many TV shows in my younger years, but Little House in the Prairie fell in to the acceptable category for both, so I know these stories intimately. *No, I’m not THAT old, but in my house reruns of oldies were usually considered much safer than modern shows, so that’s what I got* It has been years since I revisited The Prairie, but I think Caroline was the perfect way to return.
Along with many others, Little House and Laura Ingalls Wilder peppered my childhood reading and combined with The Oregon Trail computer game and American Girl to educate me on the ins and outs of pioneer life. Returning to this familiar story now, removed from my childhood and thrust in to the mind of Caroline (“Ma”) now, as a mother myself, gave me a whole new perspective on the hardships of prairie life and the many, MANY sacrifices made by families during this time in history. All in pursuit of the promise of land, wealth and resources for those who ventured to “move west”. Told from a entirely relatable perspective of a mother first and foremost, while reading Caroline you can’t help but fully immerse yourself in the pioneer experience and share in the fear, grief, loneliness, sorrow, vulnerability and joy that accompany Caroline on her family’s adventure west to Kansas and beyond.
Caroline was authorized by Little House Heritage Trust and described by author Sarah Miller as an attempt to fill in the gaps and tell the story that “Laura left unsaid” through the wise words and story of the woman who likely carried the fate of the family on her back, Ma. I found this book to be well researched and extremely detailed in the way of pioneer life. Kudos to Sarah Miller on her obvious devotion to this passion project and its amazing results! Thank you Sarah for taking me back to this precious piece of my childhood as a mother, it meant the world to me.
I do think it needs to said – Caroline stands on its own as a historical fiction piece. While I was utterly familiar with Caroline and the Ingalls family before going in to this one, I don’t think I would have even realized there was another side to this story had I not known. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a nostalgic way to experience the Little House story and to historical fiction lovers or beginners.
Also, I got a chance to check out the audio version of this book via Scribd and found the narration to be pleasant and matching with the tone and pace of the physical book, I’d recommend it to anyone who is searching for a way to devour this one or more historical fiction.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for asking me to be a part of this blog tour. While I was provided with a free copy of this book to read and review, all opinions are my own.