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A Daughter of the Land

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  530 ratings  ·  59 reviews
A Daughter of the Land is set in Gene Stratton Porter's Limberlost series. Kate Bates lives in a man's world. It her dream to own and run her own farm. To fulfill her dreams she must give up everything and start anew.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published August 22nd 2008 by SMK Books (first published 1918)
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The "Bates Way" didn't seem terribly admirable to me and I got sick and tired of Kate thinking any halfway intelligent or sensible action was somehow directly attributed to her mean miserly father's genes. Why did Kate name her son after a father who never showed her any affection or even fairness? One of many inconsistencies.

The Bates family seemed quite dysfunctional to me as evidenced by siblings who had nothing to do with Kate when she was suffering extreme financial difficulties and the mo
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I have a love/hate relationship with Stratton-Porter. Just when I'm starting to get into the story and liking the characters, the author makes them say or do things that completely turn my crank. I was rooting for the heroine who was fighting for the right to live her life her own way. But then she starts making some odd choices (I'm still not sure why she married the guy she married in the first place), practically turns her back on her own daughter because the daughter wanted the right to live ...more
Jennifer Dallman
It wasn't terrible, but I probably wouldn't read it again. I felt more like I wanted to smack Kate rather than side with her most of the time. Unlike some other reviewers, I feel Kate's impetuousness makes her marriage to George quite believable, although the handling of how it happened was just odd. People do stupid things for the wrong reason all the time, and we don't usually see this handled in novels - so in that way, it was novel, lol. Kate goes on to make more and more mistakes, usually t ...more
Kate Bates is the youngest of 16 children, and when she is being denied her chance to go out in the world and become a teacher, like all of her older sisters, she decides to take matters into her own hands and do it on her own. Raised in a family where each of the boys is given 200 acres of land and the money for a house and stock, and yet the girls get nothing, she feels the injustice acutely - especially since the girls worked to help earn the money to buy the boys their land.

Off on her own, s
Though I am a Gene Stratton-Porter fan, this was not one of my favorites by her. Perhaps that is because the main character has more human weaknesses than other Stratton-Porter
heroines; her life of struggles is caused to a large extent by her own actions. I'm glad I read the book, but it is not one that I would probably choose to read again.
I always loved The Girl of the Limberlost by Stratton-Porter. But with the kindle I have discovered more of her books. This one was great. You cannot imagine how much more bad luck could follow the main character. Despite it all she never gave up. Wonderful book.
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When I first read this, as a teenager and huge fan of several other Porter titles ("Freckles", "Girl of the Limberlost", "Harvester"), I was shocked and turned off by what I felt was the darker tone of the writing and the generally gloomy events. Even a second read, in my 20s, left me with the same impression.

Since I have an anthology of Porter's novels on my Nook, I decided to re-read "A Daughter of the Land" while on vacation, and was quite surprised to find that it was humorous, and that as
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Judith Trowbridge schlicker
The plot is good but the tell overtakes the showing and the showing in the dialogue is rough. The dialogue in the first few chapters falls apart because she can't master how much the country bumpkins speech patterns measure up to the people who are more worldly. This is done quite well in the Hoosier School master.

She also pounds in into our heads about the Bates way instead of letting the reader figure it out. There is incongruity in the dialogues between George and the protagonist . They both
I was really enjoying this book till about the middle... Then I became really frustrated with the main girl. If you read the book you will probably guess why. I was determined not to even finish the book. but a friend said I should, so I re-picked it up and finished it. The ending was very satisfactory. I'm glad I did finish it.
The woman who I read aloud to has a bookshelf of all her old - and I mean OLD! - books that she saved from her childhood. I went up there this morning and pulled a few novels off the shelf, and she chose this one. SO far, the writing is decent and I'm on a history trip!

Update 3/3/09 - I am into this book! It's funny and surprising.

Update 3/30/09 - This book just gets better and better. What impressive storytelling! And so evocative of the pre-television and pre-cinema era.

4/28/09 - We finally fi
Kate Bates is a very strong character--almost like a legend with her great height, physical strength and ability to persevere despite making some hasty decisions. Stratton-Porter weaves a large and encompassing story fit for Kate. The writing felt uneven in some ways: character Agatha Bates is very distinctive while Aunt Ollie is described very little, despite both characters being of similar importance. The author wrote expansive dialogue but would then skip years in one expository paragraph. A ...more
Nayana Renukumar
An easy reading with enough twists and turns to hold one's interest. Just as you become complacent and think 'I know where it is going', the author springs a nasty little surprise on you and keep the story going at a steady pace. Kate, the central character, is headstrong and diligent albeit a bit impulsive and altogether very likable and inspiring. The book takes us through her troubles under a dominating father, her daring act of breaking free, her brilliant though short lived professional lif ...more
Eileen Elizabeth
a story about someone who consistently made choices to make life difficult. ridiculous story of a woman's life written by a man. no woman would behave, think or feel like the person portrayed in the story.
I really enjoyed this book, maybe even more than the other 2 I've read by this author. I have noticed how much she feels that the "classes" should not mix. Kind of an old fashioned idea that I'm glad we've grown out of in America. But, other than that, most of her beliefs are solid.

I liked this quote on p. 155, "We are all more interested in ourselves than in any one else in this world, until love comes; then we soon learn to love a man more than life, and when a child comes we learn another lov
Of the Gene Stratton-Porter books I have read, this isn't going to make my list of favorites. The intractable nature of the father, and the foolish choices of the daughter didn't appeal to me. The themes of hard work and love of the land that went mostly un-rewarded left me feeling unsatisfied at a time when i was looking for a feel-good type of story. I instead found an all too real "sometimes no matter how hard you work life still beats the crap out of you" story. But because it is a stratton ...more
This story was very enjoyable and I read it quicker than any of Stratton-Porter's other books because it had some good suspense and interesting characters and a terrific ending. I give it a three star because there are a few spots in the story where the author just seemed to trail off and was not sure what to write. She had a few minor gaps and it seems like her mind was dry or something. I wonder if she had a publisher's deadline? I think she could have fixed these small errors if she had more ...more
Cindy Moyer
Good book, coming from different perspective.
Emily Giesbrecht
Definitely not my favorite Stratton-Porter.
Alicia Williams
I really enjoyed reading about Kate's life -- hard as that life was! It reminded me of Willa Cather's "My Åntonia". Kate disobeys her father and leaves home as a sixteen year old to attend a summer of "normal" following which she will have her teaching license. Life's a roller coaster for Kate from then on! I especially enjoyed the scenes much later in Kate's life where she and her formerly-estranged mother come to terms and develop a strong, loving relationship. Another really wonderful book ab ...more
Kate is the main character in this story and lately I have started finding myself wondering what Kate would do. This read can be hard because it feels like she keeps getting smacked down regardless of all her hard work. However, she observes that it seems like those who have to work hard are those that turn out the best.
She is tenacious, hard working, diligent, and strong. When life starts getting laborious, I find myself encouraged knowing that Kate would keep at it. She would push forward u
Terribly depressing.:(
Teren Colver
I really did love the book to a point. She was a very talented author but there was a lot of racisim in the book. It was quite shocking because I had read a lot of her books. She is one of my favorite authors. It was very historical in the hatred of Japanese during this period of time. I think just like everyone is against anyone from the middle east or musluim now. It is very sad. Hoppfully we can learn from the past but apparently we cant.
Well, this one was different than I expected--a little out of the way of the "typical" Stratton Porter. But I really liked it. I loved Kate! She's almost as headstrong as I can be, lol, and I loved watching her progress through all her mistakes and difficulties and come out the other end, an amazing woman, with no bitterness. I had a hard time tracking down a copy of this, but am glad I did.
Pretty good, although the heroine seemed too prone to make spur-of-the-moment choices that led to disaster in the guise of "being an independent woman in charge of her own life." I'd like to think women can be independent and make wise and rational decisions as well. Anyway, the characters are all very believable, each one fully developed in the author's skilled way.
Um, wow. This book felt like a white supremacist screed. (Not that I've read any white supremacist screeds. But this is what I imagine they would be like.) I lost a lot of respect for Gene Stratton-Porter when I read it. In fact, I don't think I could even finish it -- it made me too mad.

My advice? Avoid, yaar.
I have enjoyed two books by this author so thought I'd try more. This one was hard to get through and I stopped a few times but just picked it up again. Written when honor and integrety was important, this is a story of a young woman who takes her future into her own hands and goes to work. Covers about twenty years.
I did not like this book as much as the other GSP books I've read recently. I started to feel like I was reading Sinclair's Jungle at some point it was so discouraging. There was just too much misery for one person, even though she handled it well.
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She was an American author, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and one of the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company. She wrote some of the best selling novels and well-received columns in magazines of the day.

Born Geneva Grace Stratton in Wabash County, Indiana, she married Charles D. Porter in 1886, and they had one daughter, Jeannette.

She became a wildlife photogra
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