Sunday Post #32

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

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Book Review: A Wilder Rose

Book Review: A Wilder RoseA Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
Goodreads
four-stars

In 1928, Rose Wilder Lane—world traveler, journalist, much-published magazine writer—returned from an Albanian sojourn to her parents’ Ozark farm. Almanzo Wilder was 71, Laura 61, and Rose felt obligated to stay and help. To make life easier, she built them a new home, while she and Helen Boylston transformed the farmhouse into a rural writing retreat and filled it with visiting New Yorkers. Rose sold magazine stories to pay the bills for both households, and despite the subterranean tension between mother and daughter, life seemed good.
Then came the Crash. Rose’s money vanished, the magazine market dried up, and the Depression darkened the nation. That’s when Laura wrote her autobiography, “Pioneer Girl,” the story of growing up in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, on the Kansas prairie, and by the shores of Silver Lake. The rest—the eight remarkable books that followed—is literary history.
But it isn’t the history we thought we knew. For the surprising truth is that Laura’s stories were publishable only with Rose’s expert rewriting. Based on Rose’s unpublished diaries and Laura’s letters, A Wilder Rose tells the true story of the decade-long, intensive, and often troubled collaboration that produced the Little House books—the collaboration that Rose and Laura deliberately hid from their agent, editors, reviewers, and readers.
Why did the two women conceal their writing partnership? What made them commit what amounts to one of the longest-running deceptions in American literature? And what happened in those years to change Rose from a left-leaning liberal to a passionate Libertarian?
In this impeccably researched novel and with a deep insight into the book-writing business gained from her own experience as an author and coauthor, Susan Wittig Albert follows the clues that take us straight to the heart of this fascinating literary mystery.

When I first added this book to the books I wanted to read for the #LittleHouseRAL I was unsure what it was about. At first I was under the impression that it was the biography of both the Wilder women (Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane), however I soon realized I was wrong. It is in fact a fictionalized portrayal of them. The author, Susan Wittig Albert, took real events from both women, combined them together and added what she saw happening or felt things happened or might have actually happened.

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Book Review: The Road to Yesterday

Book Review: The Road to YesterdayThe Road to Yesterday by L.M. Montgomery
on January 1st 1993
Pages: 403
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two-stars

For Anne and Gilbert Blythe, life in a small village is never dull because of all the entertaining gossip, and what strange and funny tales they hear: about the mischievous twins whose dearest wish comes true when they meet up with a bored and haunted millionaire; or clever Penelope Craig, who considers herself an expert on children -- until she adopts a boy of her own; or Timothy Randebush, a man so eager to keep his brother out of the clutches of a dangerous woman that he spirits her away -- only to fall prey to her charms himself. Filled with unexpected surprises, laughter, and tears, here are fourteen of the Blythes' favorite tales.

I read this book for the #AYearInAvonlea challenge for the November choice.

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Sunday Post #31

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

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November #OTSPSecretSister Package!!!

 

secret-sister-projectThis month has been a rough month, so to say. I had to have surgery earlier in the month and I am currently on leave from work and recuperating from the surgery. A bright light about the whole month, other than Thanksgiving, which is a given, was that I could expect a package from my wonderful #OTSPSecretSister.

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Book Review: The Blythes Are Quoted

Book Review: The Blythes Are QuotedThe Blythes Are Quoted by L.M. Montgomery, Benjamin Lefebvre, Elizabeth Rollins Epperly
Series: Anne of Green Gables
on October 27th 2009
Pages: 527
Goodreads
two-stars

The Blythes Are Quoted is the last work of fiction by the internationally celebrated author of Anne of Green Gables. Intended by L.M. Montgomery to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne – and delivered to her publisher on the very day she died – it has never before been published in its entirety. This rediscovered volume marks the final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the world.
Adultery, illegitimacy, revenge, murder, and death – these are not the first terms we associate with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed at the end of her life,the author brings topics such as these to the fore.
Intended by Montgomery to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring Anne Shirley Blythe, The Blythes Are Quoted takes Anne and her family a full two decades beyond anything else she published about them, and some of its subject matter is darker than we might expect.
Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914–1918, it contains fifteen short stories set in and around the Blythes’ Prince Edward Island community of Glen St. Mary. Binding these stories are sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending together poetry, prose, and dialogue in this way, Montgomery was at the end of her career experimenting with storytelling methods in an entirely new manner.
This publication of Montgomery's rediscovered original work – previously published only in severely abridged form as The Road to Yesterday – invites readers to return to her earlier books with a renewed appreciation and perspective.

I read this book for the #AYearInAvonlea challenge for the October choice.

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12 Days of Christmas Swap

 

I am participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps. I was not sure if I would participate or not but once I read the premise of the swap, I couldn’t pass it up.

The objective is to send a fabulous package with 12 individually wrapped gifts to your partner to be opened, one per day, from December 13th through Christmas Eve.

That was an idea I had for my #OTSPSecretSister’s December parcel, but decided to against it. So now it looks like a can still use the idea but for a new swapper. I am excited and excited that I got accepted for the swap.

Can’t wait!

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