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Caroline: Little House, Revisited

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  10,907 ratings  ·  1,765 reviews
In this novel authorized by the Little House estate, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.

In the frigid days of
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by William Morrow
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Helen Robare I did! At first, it was like the author couldn't decide in which way she wanted to write the book (1st person, 3rd person) and she kept slipping into …moreI did! At first, it was like the author couldn't decide in which way she wanted to write the book (1st person, 3rd person) and she kept slipping into both ways. It took her over half the book to decide on that. It also seemed like Caroline was two people...the loving wife and mother that she showed to the world and a secretive woman whose only concern was herself and her feelings.(less)
Linda I got halfway through and quit! Couldn’t stand this version of Ma Ingalls! I rather remember her the way Laura described her in her books.

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A fabulous five star read! From the very first line you are drawn into the story with Sarah Miller’s beautiful prose. Her comparison of the crochet hook to the fiddle’s bow and the music it produces sets the tone and spirit for a novel filled with hopes and dreams. Her words are so descriptive and readily convey Caroline’s thoughts and feelings.

For those who’ve read Little House on the Prairie (LHOTP), it’s a familiar storyline and thus there may not be that compulsion to keep reading just a bit
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the first books I read when I had learned how to read well enough to read a chapter book was Little House in the Big Woods. All these years later, I can still remember that I got the book for free at school (R.I.F. day!). I carried it all the way home after school just staring at the cover with the picture of a happy family in a log cabin on it. That book started a life-long love of anything Laura Ingalls Wilder.....the thought of being a pioneer girl, living on the prairie, watching Pa b ...more
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
I'm running a giveaway for this book at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.

As someone who grew up watching Little House on the Prairie and reading the much-celebrated books series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, I was very excited to hear about this book at Book Expo 2017. When I was offered the opportunity to participate in the blog tour, I jumped on it!

Caroline’s character, in both the book and television series, was never featured as prominently as perhaps it should have been. She maintained a steady, consistent, a
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love this one, be sure to check out Sarah Miller's "Little Women" novel: Marmee.

The Little House books are legendary, so Sarah Miller was very brave to step in that territory with a new perspective -- Caroline's. She nailed it. Now that I also have lived the life of a wife and mother, I loved this book every bit as much as I did the original series. It was clear that Miller did extensive research so she could give this book more depth than the series and make it worthy of adult consumptio
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
This is one of those books that I enjoyed immensely, but that took me FOREVER to read. I have no idea what witchcraft made a good 360-page book feel like a 600-page slog, but there you have it. This is Little House on the Prairie told from the perspective of Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother, Caroline Ingalls. For the most part Miller tows the party line (she doesn't divert much from Wilder's account of the family dynamics, or invent many new experiences in Kansas). Miller's main goal is to explore ...more
Asheley T.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read, historical

The book begins in 1870, as Pa and Ma, Mary and Laura are leaving the woods of Wisconsin for the prairie of Kansas. If you’re like me and Ingalls-obsessed, then you likely know the bulk of the story as Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote it, but Author Sarah Miller has mixed the fiction that we know from the Wilder’s Little House books and real-life fact based on research to show us this portion of their tale thru Caroline’s eyes. Caroline’s perspective on this trip is everything. Caroline, as the m
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
OK, I just wanted to say that this book, I really wanted to love the story more than I did. I love the TV series and the books the show is also good. And, this book is one that I really, really looked forward to reading. However, I found that the story never really got to me.

I liked the whole idea of reading the book from Caroline's perspective, as a young wife and mother on her way to a new home. Her fears as she is pregnant and the whole idea of leaving everything and everyone behind got to me
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I have both liked and been rather exasperated with and by Sarah Miller's Caroline: Little House, Revisited, as while I have definitely enjoyed the additional information and reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie from Caroline's, from Ma Ingalls' point of view, I also feel that Sarah Miller has spent both far too much time in Caroline Ingalls' head and given us too much continuous and detailed information on bodily functions, on physical sensations (on such mundane scen ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, books-i-own
How much of what they loved in her was real, and how much was fashioned from what they envisioned her to be?

In her 2017 novel, Sarah Miller takes readers back to 1870 Wisconsin with the Ingalls family(Charles and Caroline with daughters Mary and Laura) traveling to Kansas. A familiar story to those who have read Little House on the Prairie. However, this time the story is told through the eyes of Caroline Ingalls. We witness the strength of a pregnant Caroline as she battles the hardships of
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I have vivid memories of my first experience with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. I was seven, maybe eight, and my cousin and I were taking turns reading aloud from Little House in the Big Woods. I’d come to a line about Pa’s ax, but my tongue wouldn’t cooperate and we’ve made jokes about Pa’s ass ever since. I doubt many readers relate, but the humor of the moment created a treasured family memory and inspired a
Kim N
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Such a tedious book! Lots of purple prose and lots of time spent inside Caroline's head with the same thoughts circling over and over. And some of it seemed so trivial too (pickles and white bread?). Anyone who has read the Little House books knows that Ma was serious and reserved, but was there really so little joy in her life? Did she see her girls as burdens and long to be alone so she could daydream in her rocking chair? But perhaps the most disappointing thing about the book for me is that ...more
Dale Harcombe
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tells the story of Caroline, Ma from the Little House on the Prairie books starting at the point where Charles tells Caroline he has had an offer on the little house and land in Wisconsin. And then comes the second part of the plan. Taking the still young Mary and Laura, they will leave Caroline’s brother’s family and other relatives and head for Kansas to settle. The impact of this move ion Caroline is apparent. Leaving family and all that is familiar is a huge wrench for her, but she love ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Rereading the "Little House" series as an adult is an altogether different experience. What sounded delightful as a child ("bean broth! how warm and comforting!") now, as a parent, sounds awful (trapped in a one room house for days on end with cold, hungry children to entertain?). Knowing this, I was really looking forward to reading "Caroline," the "Little House" story told from Ma's perspective. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me in a big way. I made it about a quarter of the way through befor ...more
I just love a good retelling, and I love good historical fiction! I can't believe how much detail I remembered from my frequent rereading of the Little House series as a kid, since it's been probably 25 years. The events of Little House on the Prairie from Ma's perspective are illuminating, especially since she's so often portrayed as the stern but loving authority figure in contrast to Pa's fun personality. I wish there'd been a little more tension in the presentation of her stifled feelings, ...more
Sean Little
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've a confession to make: I'm a 42 year old man who loves football, swords 'n' sorcery fantasy, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I've probably read the Little House books dozens of times. My favorite is THE LONG WINTER, and that single volume was probably one of the biggest reasons why I wrote AFTER EVERYONE DIED.

When I saw a book blurb on a Harper-Collins mailer about a novel called CAROLINE, and saw that it was about the Ingalls family's move from Pepin, Wisconsin to the Kansas Indian Territories, I
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
The concept behind this book is excellent - Little House, through the eyes of Caroline. Written with the full approval of Little House Heritage Trust, I felt like it would be a better book than the many books written 10-15 years ago that seemed to be written just to capitalize on the popularity of the Little House books.

In many ways, this was an excellent read. Written from Caroline’s perspective, the reader gets a full picture of the fear, loneliness, sorrow, and other emotions faced by a woma
Trish at Between My Lines
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, library
This was everything I wanted a Little House tie-in to be. It was faithful to original but also felt fresh and new.

I loved hearing the familiar story from Ma's POV. Her bravery and her ability to make a home anywhere is Inspiring. And her self doubts made her more realistic and human.

One of my favourite books this year.
Growing up the LHOTP books were my refuge, my escape read. The day I received a complete set of books was truly one of my happiest days. They are books I will smell - a cinnamon, paper aroma or something like that.

Ma was certainly never my favorite character as she came off as cranky, uptight, and priggish. Of course, I was much closer to Laura's age so I naturally sided with her.

Caroline gets her due and her time. This is not a child's story, but a young wife and mother's tale as she finds hers
Janilyn Kocher
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to receive an ARC from the publisher for Caroline: Little House Revisited. Sarah Miller does an admirable job of deftly weaving her story into a smooth fabric befitting of the events portrayed in the novel Little House on the Prairie. Miller's book reveals a more intimate view from Caroline's perspective. She elaborates on her pain, passion, impatience, fear, relief, and joy. Miller captures the voice of Caroline in a sympathetic tone that only enhances the narrative. Her descrip ...more
Gina Baratono
In this beautifully written book (which was authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust), the focus is on Caroline Ingalls, whom we know as "Ma" in the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

As you may recall, the Ingalls family left their home in Wisconsin and headed towards their new homestead in Kansas on a very, very cold February in 1870.

Taking only what they could pack into a covered wagon, the long trip was, at best, difficult. Caroline Ingalls had what it took to ta
Erin Cataldi
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Straight up a must read for any grown up Little House fan. This book did not disappoint! Caroline is told through the perspective of Ma and it starts right where Little House in the Big Woods ends. We saw Laura's carefree nature, Pa's strong unwavering love, Caroline's fears about giving birth in the plains with no other females around to assist her. This goes into more detail about the little things that readers always wondered but never knew, how the family went to the bathroom on the road, ho ...more
grllopez ~ with freedom and books
The idea was good, but the Caroline of 1870 had the thoughts of a contemporary 2000 woman; it did not fit well. Believe me, I fight this each time I read the Little House series, and I have to remind myself that Caroline was of a different generation and time; she would not have had the same thoughts as I do. In addition, the sex scene and excessive breastfeeding graphics were totally unnecessary. I had to skip over them.

My book review: https://greatbookstudy.blogspot.com/2...
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading Caroline was like reading Little House on the Prairie again for the first time. When I was young, I spend an entire summer reading Wilder's Little House series. Since then, I've re-read her books many times. I was excited but apprehensive to read Caroline. Would Miller be true to the Ingalls family, or would she twist Ma into an unrecognizable character? I shouldn't have worried. From small details like Pa combing his fingers through his whiskers or Ma making cornbread, to major events l ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Little House on the Prairie retold from Ma's perspective. I was really nervous to read this book because retelling a beloved classic could have gone off the rails easily, but I was pleasantly surprised by a magnificent, gentle, and honest adult version of the familiar tale.

A vulnerable and human Ma made me love her all the more for her hardships and small victories that I could recognize as an adult and mother. This book was also surprisingly romantic. You could see from the original books that
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a huge Little House fan of both the books and TV show. I was Laura for Halloween one year in the seventies and I still have my prairie bonnet. I was super excited to read this book and I was the perfect audience for it. Unfortunately the first third dragged longer than a trip across the prairie. For some reason Pa decides to drag his family away from everyone they know and take them out to a land where the rightful native inhabitants aren't excited to be displaced by them. On top of this Ma ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I'm completely honest I'm not sure if my enjoyment was mostly the nostalgia this book generated within me. I loved the Little House books but even more so the TV show that I would watch with my Grandmother. This book is closer to what I remember the children's books being. Of course, with adult feelings and scenes. I am by no means a prude but I will say I was a bit uncomfortable during a VERY TAME love making scene between Ma and Pa. It just seemed weird to me. Not poorly done just odd-- kin ...more
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Readers familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, will find this very familiar. Miller chooses to retell Wilder’s stories for an adult audience, focusing on Laura’s mother, Caroline.

I really enjoyed this work of historical fiction. Miller does not gloss over the very real challenges of pioneer life – the lack of supplies, or routine comforts we take for granted. There were many elements in this part of their lives to produce anxiety
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forsaken
I barely made it to page 126 of 367 pages and I felt that I needed to put this one down. After a quick discussion with my Mother, I realized that I probably should have let myself stop this book earlier.

Basically this book is not for me. The Little House series and Laura Ingalls Wilder are so very dear to my heart that you would think that I would love this book on Ma but in fact the opposite is true. I didn't like it at all and kept trying to like it.

I felt like a voyeur into Ma's inner life. I
Re-read 2019

I've been re-reading favorites lately and this is one that caught my eye at the library. I listened to the audio again and I loved it just as much the second time through. The audio narrator takes what the author has written and uses that as a way of making Ma more approachable than what she is in the Little House books. One of these days I'm going to have to get my own copy so I can enjoy a re-read whenever I feel like it.

I loved this book, I liked the retelling of the journey of wh
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Sarah Miller began writing her first novel at the age of ten, and has spent the last two decades working in libraries and bookstores. She is the author of two previous historical novels, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller, and The Lost Crown. Her nonfiction debut, The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century, was hailed by the New York Times as "a historical version of Law & Or ...more

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