Saturday, September 21, 2013

Book Review: A Wilder Rose

A Wilder Rose: Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Their Little Houses was written by Susan Wittig Albert. It's a really interesting book, for many reasons.

You can tell that Susan did her research. Her writing takes you back to the 1930s, a time of depression and dust storms.  Have you ever read Little House in the Big Woods? If not, have you seen the TV series based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's books? If you can say yes to either question, then I suspect you'll find this book very interesting. It takes you back to that time period and you'll learn about how Laura Ingalls Wilder's books were written and how they came to be published. You also learn about her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. This book is primarily about Rose.

At the front of the book, Susan has written A Note to the Reader. It's only a page and a half long, but once you read it, you'll see how much research Susan did to write this book. All that research paid off because the characters feel as real as if they were still alive today.

I found it fascinating to read about this time period and the relationship between Rose and Laura. No one at that time wrote down conversations or the words that were spoken, but Susan Wittig Albert does a great job of giving them voices that feel true.

I recommend A Wilder Rose and give it a rating of Hel-of-a-Story.
FTC Disclaimer: Susan emailed to see if I would review her book. I said yes. The fact that she sent me the book did not influence my review. The fact that she's a really good writer influenced me a because I was pretty sure I would enjoy the book. (I was right. I did.) I did not realize how many books she's written until I read the back cover. Take a guess. How many do you think Susan Wittig Albert has written? Whatever you guess, you're probably wrong. She's written "50 adult novels and works of nonfiction, as well as 60+ novels for young adult." Her writing resulted in her book getting a rating of Hel of a Story. Susan herself gets a rating of When-in-the-Hel-does-this-woman-sleep?


  1. Helen, your review got a Hel-of-a-laugh from this author (as she read your disclaimer). Glad you enjoyed the book!

    1. I did like it, Susan. It kept me reading when I should have been doing other things!

  2. I have read books in two of Susan's series and of course like the Wilder books, so this book intrigues me.

    1. I think you'll like it Terra. It's very interesting and will keep you hooked til the end.


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