“A Wilder Rose” Susan Wittig Albert

Rated 4 stars **** Ebook. 2013. Persevero Press. Includes an “Epilogue,” a list of “Historical People,” and books for “Further Reading.”

AWilderRosePractically every child in America has read the Little House books, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, detailing her pioneer family’s foray into the West back in the late 1800’s. In “A Wilder Rose” readers meet Rose, Laura’s daughter, who has become a writer of both fiction and non-fiction for books and magazines.

In 1939, while detailing her life story for a young admirer, readers are transported back in time to Rose’s Bohemian lifestyle both abroad and at home. The author used diaries and letters from both Laura and Rose to reveal a relationship that was far from conventional between mother and daughter which, at times, seemed to border on co-dependency. In great detail she describes Rose’s need to be loved as well as how Rose felt about the editing she performed on the entire Little House series, which led to a bit of a deception towards their publisher as Laura’s original writing would never have attracted their interest in the books if not for Rose’s handling of the material.

In her “Note to the Reader” the author mentioned that her book contains true facts about Laura and Rose but, since it’s a novel, it includes fictitious matter. It was difficult to ascertain what was true and what was not, as the author did a great job weaving both into the novel to make it very palatable. The “Epilogue” and “List of Historical People” help to give more “meat” to the story, while the titles in the “Further Reading” section will entice readers to learn more about Rose and her mother.

Recommended for Adult readers.


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