A Wilder Rose: Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Their Little Houses

A Wilder Rose: Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Their Little Houses
By: Susan Wittig Albert
303 pages
Genre: History
Publisher: Persevero Press
Publication Date: August 2013
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* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


 From bestselling, award-winning author Susan Wittig Albert comes the true story of Rose Wilder Lane, who transformed her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, from a farmer’s wife and occasional writer into the world-famous author of the Little House books. A Wilder Rose is a novel about of two exceptional women: a mother who has a fascinating pioneer story to tell but lacks the skill to write for publication; and a daughter, a much-published author with the skill to turn her mother’s drafts into memorable books and the publishing connections to get them into print. Set in the Depression, their story is one of painful family conflict and eventual triumph over difficult odds.

But why did they conceal their collaboration? And why did Rose not seek recognition for her contributions? Based on Rose’s diaries and letters, A Wilder Rose is a fact-based fiction describing the real events that led to a literary deception that has continued for decades.

My Thoughts:
I was familiar with the Little House books from Laura Ingalls Wilder and of course Little House on the Prairie based on those books. I wasn't aware, however, of Laura's daughter Rose's involvement. So, when I heard this book was written I was intrigued. 

I found it to be a fascinating read about the story behind the Little House books. I felt the author captured that time period and Rose's voice perfectly. I didn't know much about Rose, nor did I know she also wrote books based on her mother's story. She was an interesting and accomplished person in her own right. I plan on reading Rose's books as well.


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