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The Rim of the Prairie

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"A western story set in a small town in Nebraska on 'the rim of the prairie.' The characters include a tantalizing heroine made more attractive by a hint of mystery, a steadfast hero, and two delightful pioneers."-Cleveland Open Shelf
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published December 12th 1997 by Amereon Limited (first published June 1925)
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Jade
I want to write something about this book just after my first reading. I have a feeling when I reread it in the future I'll have noticed something more, so for now, I will write... the characters, Nancy, Warner, Uncle Judd, Walt, Aunt Biny, and so on, are alluring and real; the kind of characters you ponder long after the story is over. It is a love story that glimmers at many angles, a love for the prairie, for people, and for these particular people. The loose threads of the novel come togethe ...more
Wendolyn
Jun 03, 2012 Wendolyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who love the midwest, pioneers
Shelves: fiction
The edition I own was published in 1966, not 1986. It is a high-quality printing, for the spine is strong and the pages are not discolored. Surprisingly, I did some underlining and wrote notes in the margins.

I enjoyed this book more the first time I read it during high school or college.

I know the country can be quiet, but cars were loud back in the twenties. I'm surprised Warner could hear Alice's piano playing as he drove by her house. It is set on an hill.

"For a long time Warner Field sat on
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Carolyn Lind
Jan 27, 2015 Carolyn Lind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I plucked this old story from my shelf to read as we passed through Nebraska on our recent trip. While Nebraska's landscape enters the story, The Rim of the Prairie is primarily a story of the entertwining of peoples' lives in a small 1920s Nebraska town called Maple City. "...so spider-fine are the threads that change the courses of our lives..."

But the setting still holds importance:

"...Maple City lay almost concealed in its mass of trees. Only a few roofs and the church spires showed above
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Lindsay
I loved the mystery and romance in this novel. What a beautiful
description of life back then and I love how real she makes it all
seem as if you are really there! I was also curious about the mystery
surrounding Nancy. I really liked how the author moved from one
character's perspective to another, thus keeping it more interesting.

I enjoyed the book even though it was a little slow; however the book
did pick up a bit towards the end and I loved how she wrapped it up.
For a while I thought she was goi
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Rachel
Sep 03, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
Enjoyable, especially if you are a Bess Streeter Aldrich fan (which I am:)but not on the same plane as "Song of Years". Of course I loved Uncle Jud and Aunt Biny; solid, stable, good, deep, pioneer stock! And, as is usual, the hero is of course charming and kind, but the heroine can be annoyingly "perky", even though she is supposed to enter the story rather shallow and light-hearted in juxtaposition to everyone around her seeming a bit more quietly "tortured". Even so, her "transformation" is t ...more
Merna Malmberg
Apr 10, 2016 Merna Malmberg rated it really liked it
When I was in high school I read some books by Bess Streeter Aldrich and loved them. I had bought this book at a used book store years ago and enjoyed it very much. You have to like older times and taking place in the Midwest.
Megan
Aug 15, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
I picked this up by accident. It smelled good and I had no plans on reading it. Glad I did. What a beautiful writer. Looking forward to reading another book by Bess
Kalena
Sep 21, 2008 Kalena rated it it was ok
I read this book at my grandmother's urging, and being of prairie stock, I thought it appropriate.

I know many of my granny's generation who are enamored with this author, so perhaps it's just a generational thing, but at any rate, the book simply couldn't and didn't keep my interest. To those interested in literature of the prairie and the midwest I say: stick with Willa Cather and O.E. Rolvaag; there's a reason why they're classics and Streeter Aldrich is borderline. Just not my favorite "roots
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Anna
Nov 25, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I liked this book quite a bit better than A Lantern in Her Hand, which is by the same author. I did get annoyed with the attitude of the main character at times; her personality is quite a bit different than mine. Still, I did enjoy reading this book. It had many different plots which wove together in an interesting way.

Synopsis: Nancy Moore and Warner Field meet each other in a strange series of events, fall in love and must untangle the webs they've created before they can live happily ever a
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Jessica
Aug 03, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was set in the midwest and is based around a young woman who finds out when she is 18 that she was a foundling. When she finds out she runs away only to come back 4 years later. That is where the story begins. I liked the flow of the book. It floated around to the different characters almost like a movie would...never overextending its stay in one spot. I became attached to the little town and its characters. I thought there was kind of a cool surprise at the end.
Cherlyn
May 31, 2008 Cherlyn rated it it was amazing
OK, this is an oldie, but living in Nebraska now I wanted to read some Nebraska authors. Some may label this as a slow read, but I curled up one weekend and enjoyed a romance from a different era. I was pleasantly rewarded with rich characters, plot twists, refreshing prose and some Nebraska history as well.
Another of Ms Aldrich's I would recommend is Spring Came on Forever.
Tonya
Aug 16, 2013 Tonya rated it really liked it
This book was given to me as a going away present as we were moving. I think I liked it as much as I did for sentimental reasons in leaving Nebraska (the setting is early 20th century Nebraska). Bess Streeter Aldrich is an eloquent writer who has written character driven novels. The pace is fairly slow, but you can count on her for a clean, well written book.
Sannasue
Mar 10, 2012 Sannasue rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-books
I really like reading books by this author, but this is not one of my favorites.
Brooke
Nov 21, 2007 Brooke rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites of hers. Again, one I've read several times.
Charlie
Aug 27, 2012 Charlie rated it it was amazing
this is a great book.
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Aug 04, 2008 Megan added it
Shelves: 1998, fiction
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Bess Streeter Aldrich was one of Nebraska's most widely read and enjoyed authors. Her writing career spanned forty-some years, during which she published over one hundred short stories and articles, nine novels, one novella, two books of short stories, and one omnibus. In her work, she emphasized family values and recorded accurately Midwest pioneering history. One of her books, "Miss Bishop," was ...more
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