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Plainsong for Caitlin (American Dreams)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
It was Rebecca's decision to go west, yet it is Caitlin who blossoms with the beauty and strength of the prairie itself. Challenged by the relentless hard work and life-threatening struggles that overwhelm timid Rebecca, Caitlin is enchanted by the rugged American West. And it is here that Caitlan discovers a love as compelling and dangerous as the land itself.
Paperback, 163 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Avon Flare (first published January 1st 1996)
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Katie
Sep 11, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Do you have those moments where you just sit back and appreciate how amazing the internet is? I read this book as a kid and it's been on my mind lately, but I couldn't remember the title or author. So I just plugged in what I DID remember--the basic premise of the book--and google found it for me right away. Amazon had a used copy and it was at my doorstep a few days later.

Anyway, this was probably one of the few true YA books I read when I was an actual teen, those pre-Harry Potter, pre-Twiligh
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Danielle
Jan 23, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it
I got this book back in elementary school...I think I bought it at a book fair. I was probably about 12. I've read this book at least a dozen times. It's a short, quick read. It's not a great read by any means or anything, but it's one of those books that I can pick up late at night if I'm having trouble sleeping and can knock it out in just a couple of hours. I'm not really sure why I like reading it so much. Maybe because it has a bit of adventure to it?

(I don't remember the exact date I bough
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Brittney
Apr 08, 2008 Brittney rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was younger and I really liked it. It's the book that really got me into historical fiction which is my favorite literary genre. It's a romance definitely, but it also has a lot to teach about life in those days. I found that very interesting.
Rebecca
Mar 26, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Fifteen-year-old Caitlin's entire world falls apart when she recieves the news that her father has died in a shipwreck. Caitlin's older sister, Rebecca, decides the best thing for the two of them to do is to move west to Nebraska, where Rebecca is to marry a man she has never even met. But from the day they arrive in Nebraska and Caitlin meets Rebecca's husband-to-be, she knows this is going to be harder than she ever imagine. Caitlin and Nate fall in love immediatley, but Nate is determined to ...more
Danielle
Mar 18, 2016 Danielle rated it it was ok
I'm a sucker for a mail-order-bride story, but oh dear. This was on the "honor shelf" at the library and that nostalgic Avon Flare on the spine caught my eye. I'd never read any of the American Dreams series before. This book came out when I was 15, and maybe I would have liked it then. Now? Not so much.

This story is so full of tropes and schmaltz, I cringed often. Sixteen-year-old Caitlin is strong and brave. Older sister Rebecca is pale and frail. (Guess which one is blond and which one has bl
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Courtney Wyant
Jan 12, 2012 Courtney Wyant rated it really liked it
Borrowed from a school library, I throughly enjoyed this quick read while i was "listening" to my teacher teach. The characters were all well developed but I wished it to be a bit longer.
The author does a well job on the dialet of the speakers in the time, and I loved the setting with the thatch roof.
Caitlin reminds me alot of myself. She is so stubborn and thinks that if the boys can do it then so can I. She was the one who took care of herself and Rebecca, though Rebecca was the one who a
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Shelley
After the death of Caitlin and Rebecca's father, along with Rebecca's fiancee, Rebecca becomes a mail order bride and the girls head west to Nebraska. Except Rebecca isn't suited to pioneer life or Nate...and Caitlin is. I read this way back in middle school or high school and I don't care how stereotypic romance novel-y it is, I love it so hard. And I always will. Despite the cover. I love Nate. I love how he loves Rebecca despite everything and I love how he loves Caitlin for all her strength ...more
Susan
Jul 11, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This is a sweet historical fiction novel about the settling of Nebraska in 1872. Sisters Caitlin and Rebecca lose everything when the ship their father and fiancee were on sinks. Rebecca decides to become a mail-order bride. There is no sex or swearing in the book, and the characters have integrity and high moral values. I have no idea why there is a man on the cover with his shirt unbuttoned to his belt. It makes it look like the novel is racy, but it isn't. It seems to me that those looking ...more
Rebekah
Mar 13, 2013 Rebekah rated it liked it
I found this in a pile of free books and it gave me a feeling of nostalgia, so I took it home to love.
I think it was a decent story. It felt like the author was unable to give more depth to her characters and situations. I wish it could be given a non YA do-over.
That being said, I still enjoyed it for what it was.
Allison
Jan 22, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing
I love this book since I was a little girl. I have loved this book and I always will love this book is the sweetest most tenderest love story. I wish hallmark would make it into a movie I would write the screenplay in a heartbeat. 30 years old and still rereading this from when I was 12. Amazing
Catherine Boddie
Mar 18, 2014 Catherine Boddie rated it really liked it
I read this years ago and remember loving it. I have to wonder if I would still think it was as good if I reread it now.
Pattie Babbitt
Apr 15, 2016 Pattie Babbitt rated it really liked it
It gets 4 stars for the childhood memories. I loved this kind of historical romance while I was growing up.
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