A sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall. Left me wanting more!!
This successful sequel to Sarah Plain and Tall (1985), which was recently televised, has enough dramatic tension and character development to satisfy devoted fans of the first book. Mail-order bride Sarah goes back east with children Anna and Caleb, leaving husband Jacob, whose name is "written in the land," to deal with their drought-ridden farm. Sarah's home in Maine makes a favorable impression on the children, but they miss their father and fear they will never return to the prairie. Finally, Jacob comes to fetch them home: "Papa looked at Sarah. `It rained,' he said. `I never thought you'd come,' whispered Sarah. `It rained,' said Papa again, his voice so soft it could have been the wind I heard." MacLachlan packs a lot into this spare tale and never diverges from the child's point of view, even when showing adult behavior. The happy result is emotional impact without cloying sentimentality.
A wonderful story of a family on the prairie.
I loved this book as a child and so did my daughters.
Book 2 in the series that begins with "Sarah, Plain and Tall." A terrible drought forces many pioneers to leave their claims on the prairie. After experiencing withered crops, prairie fires, wild animals and dried up wells, Sarah and her two adopted children go to stay with Sarah's aunts on the coast of Maine, while the father, Jacob, remains with his farm. This series of brief historical novels is about 4th grade reading level, and each one is narrated by one of the children.