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Never Miss A Sunset (Pioneer Family Series #2)

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In the early 1900's thirteen-year-old Ellen, the oldest of ten children, struggles with her family through a bitter winter on their northwoods Wisconsin homestead.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Lifejourney Books (first published 1975)
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Cindy Adkins
I LOVED this series! It took me back in time. I so enjoyed comparing my 'simple' life to the hard work of these young wives. A simple thing like sleeping in and letting the fire go out was a MAJOR thing! This book has me baking bread from scratch and making a patchwork quilt. I loved the fact that it dealt with relationships, but it was not just a historical fiction book ALL ABOUT the love story. It was like a diary from the lives of these women. I would love to find MANY more books like this!!
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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This story has special meaning for me, as Emma is my great great grandmother.
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book, but her mom was a WRECK!
E Wilson
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it

This book was especially interesting to me because it takes place in Northern Wisconsin not far from where I was born. Tomahawk and Rib Lake are familiar places. Also, it's based on
the true life of the author's aunt.

Ellen is not the oldest of 10 children. She is the oldest girl in a family of 10 children.
As the oldest daughter, she is expected to help her mother with all the household chores. Ellen
resents her mother's short temper and critical demeanor. She feels unappreciated.
When her mother
Wayne Walker
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is 1903, and thirteen year old Ellen Verleger lives with her Papa Al, Mama Emma, older brothers Al and Fred, and younger siblings Minnie, Ed, Len, George, John, Gertie, and baby Roy, on their homestead at the German settlement near Tomahawk in the north woods of Wisconsin. The family is struggling through a bitter winter. Mama is having another baby, and Ellen is so worn out helping her take care of the house and the other children that she secretly wishes something would happen to the baby. ...more
The title of this book just came back to me when I was looking at sunset photos! I read this back when I was nine or so, and I recall liking it, but not finding it as exciting as I would wish. I might like it better today than I did then. It reminded me somewhat of the Little House books, which I like. I wish we still had it so I could reread it.
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was really great, I love reading stories about pioneers and what they had to go through. This book, along with all of the others, tought me many life-long lessons. I found it in a box in the attick and I am so glad I did.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This story has special meaning for me, as Emma is my great great grandmother.
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I had a bit of trouble getting into the book at first, but once I did, I enjoyed it. Great for fans of Janette Oke.
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I remember really enjoying this book and it was one of the first books to make me cry. I also think of this book whenever I see a magnificent sunset!
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Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book growing up....I was around 12 I think when I read it and still have it today. I love Emma!
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Jeanette Gilge
1924- 2002

Place of Birth: Phillips, WI

Triton Summer writer's Workshop award, 1974; David C. Cook juvenile award, 1975, for City-Kid Farmer.

Personal Information:
Family: Surname is pronounced with two hard "g"s; born March 31, 1924, in Phillips, WI; daughter of Edward and Emma (Meier) Kudrna; married Kenneth Gilge, September 26, 1942; children: Donna (Mrs. Ron Childress),
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