Missouri Homestead is a fictional account of Laura Ingalls' Wilder and her family's beginnings in Mansfield, MO. Writer T.L. Tedrow's depiction of Laura and Almanzo is completely in contradiction to both the LIW series and other historical accounts of the couple's personalities, really putting at odds Laura's spiritual beliefs and her behavior in the book. I do not believe that the real LIW would have done any of the things depicted in the novel. While I realize the book is FICTION, I found it impossible to reconcile my vision of LIW with the character portrayed in this book. "The Rose Years" and "The Caroline Years" are a much better depiction of the families than this book is. I wish Mr. Tedrow would have been more historically accurate, and used real characters, such as the Wilders' best friends, the Cooleys, in the book. As it is, Laura is portrayed as a nasty, self absorbed, materialistic woman, always wanting the next big invention, like a refrigerator, a telephone, a car, etc. One must remember that the real LIW actually left the "modern" electricized home that Rose built for her on Rocky Ridge Farm, and moved back into the simple farmhouse that she and Almanzo built. I think that a wealth of information on Laura's character could have been gathered from her early newspaper writings, and a much more pleasant and likable character created.
If you like the "Little House" books, this is an attempt to add to the series. I didn't care for it too much, but it is really aimed at younger readers.
This book is based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I bought this book for my daughter.
The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder
It's 1884 and after devastating losses in South Dakota, Laura Manly, and little Rose head East to Mansfield, Missouri in search of a new beginning...
It is about Laura, Manly and Rose when they move to Missouri. It has the plain simple style of the Little House books. Laura is a strong determined woman who writes what she feels. She and Manly have a great relationship.
my daughter liked this book she is now reading other books from the series.........
Good light reading. Any one that likes Laura Ingalls WIlder will like this book. It is not quite the same as her books but at least it is in the same theme.
What a treat reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder's life. I enjoyed this quick read and intend to read the entire series. Thanks you swap for helping me find all these great books.