Caroline by Sarah Miller


USA Today Bestseller!One of Refinery29's Best Reads of SeptemberIn this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.In the frigid days ...

Details Caroline

Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult

Reviews Caroline

  • Sheri
    A fabulous five star read! From the very first line you are drawn into the story with Sarah Miller’s beautiful prose. Her comparison of the crochet hook to the fiddle’s bow and the music it produces sets the tone and spirit for a novel filled with hopes and dreams. Her words are so descriptive and readily convey Caroline’s thoughts and feelings.For those who’ve read Little House on the Prairie (LHOTP), it’s a familiar storyline and thus...
  • Juli
    One of the first books I read when I had learned how to read well enough to read a chapter book was Little House in the Big Woods. All these years later, I can still remember that I got the book for free at school (R.I.F. day!). I carried it all the way home after school just staring at the cover with the picture of a happy family in a log cabin on it. That book started a life-long love of anything Laura Ingalls Wilder.....the thought of being a ...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    I'm running a giveaway for this book at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine. As someone who grew up watching Little House on the Prairie and reading the much-celebrated books series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, I was very excited to hear about this book at Book Expo 2017. When I was offered the opportunity to participate in the blog tour, I jumped on it!Caroline’s character, in both the book and television series, was never featured as prominently as perhaps it s...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    OK, I just wanted to say that this book, I really wanted to love the story more than I did. I love the TV series and the books the show is also good. And, this book is one that I really, really looked forward to reading. However, I found that the story never really got to me.I liked the whole idea of reading the book from Caroline's perspective, as a young wife and mother on her way to a new home. Her fears as she is pregnant and the whole idea o...
  • Jennifer
    This is one of those books that I enjoyed immensely, but that took me FOREVER to read. I have no idea what witchcraft made a good 360-page book feel like a 600-page slog, but there you have it. This is Little House on the Prairie told from the perspective of Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother, Caroline Ingalls. For the most part Miller tows the party line (she doesn't divert much from Wilder's account of the family dynamics, or invent many new experie...
  • Asheley
    4.5/5The book begins in 1870, as Pa and Ma, Mary and Laura are leaving the woods of Wisconsin for the prairie of Kansas. If you’re like me and Ingalls-obsessed, then you likely know the bulk of the story as Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote it, but Author Sarah Miller has mixed the fiction that we know from the Wilder’s Little House books and real-life fact based on research to show us this portion of their tale thru Caroline’s eyes. Caroline’s ...
  • Asako
    I grew up reading the Little House books and watching the TV series. Caroline was always my favourite character and I had always felt the lack of description about her in the books and the TV series. So naturally I was over the moon when I found out that there was going to be a book about Caroline which covered the story of the third book in the series (and the pilot in the TV series), “Little House on the Prairie”.This book didn’t disappoi...
  • Dale Harcombe
    This tells the story of Caroline, Ma from the Little House on the Prairie books starting at the point where Charles tells Caroline he has had an offer on the little house and land in Wisconsin. And then comes the second part of the plan. Taking the still young Mary and Laura, they will leave Caroline’s brother’s family and other relatives and head for Kansas to settle. The impact of this move ion Caroline is apparent. Leaving family and all t...
  • Ann
    I just love a good retelling, and I love good historical fiction! I can't believe how much detail I remembered from my frequent rereading of the Little House series as a kid, since it's been probably 25 years. The events of Little House on the Prairie from Ma's perspective are illuminating, especially since she's so often portrayed as the stern but loving authority figure in contrast to Pa's fun personality. I wish there'd been a little more ten...
  • Manybooks
    I have both liked and been rather exasperated with and by Sarah Miller's Caroline: Little House, Revisited, as while I have definitely enjoyed the additional information and reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie from Caroline's, from Ma Ingalls' point of view, I also feel that Sarah Miller has spent both far too much time in Caroline Ingalls' head and given us too much continuous and detailed information on bodily funct...
  • Erin
    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....I have vivid memories of my first experience with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. I was seven, maybe eight, and my cousin and I were taking turns reading aloud from Little House in the Big Woods. I’d come to a line about Pa’s ax, but my tongue wouldn’t cooperate and we’ve made jokes about Pa’s ass ever since. I doubt many readers relate, but the humor o...
  • Alice
    I picked up this advance reader's copy at a conference. Hiding for spoilers but this feels kind of silly since anyone reading this probably already knows the general story from Laura's second book, Little House on the Prairie.I honestly did not enjoy this book. I like the concept of telling one of Laura’s books from Caroline’s point of view, and am a little surprised this hasn’t happened before. However, the voice is so… ponderous and dep...
  • Kristin
    Growing up the LHOTP books were my refuge, my escape read. The day I received a complete set of books was truly one of my happiest days. They are books I will smell - a cinnamon, paper aroma or something like that.Ma was certainly never my favorite character as she came off as cranky, uptight, and priggish. Of course, I was much closer to Laura's age so I naturally sided with her.Caroline gets her due and her time. This is not a child's story, bu...
  • Sean Little
    I've a confession to make: I'm a 42 year old man who loves football, swords 'n' sorcery fantasy, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.I've probably read the Little House books dozens of times. My favorite is THE LONG WINTER, and that single volume was probably one of the biggest reasons why I wrote AFTER EVERYONE DIED.When I saw a book blurb on a Harper-Collins mailer about a novel called CAROLINE, and saw that it was about the Ingalls family's move from Pep...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    I was fortunate to receive an ARC from the publisher for Caroline: Little House Revisited. Sarah Miller does an admirable job of deftly weaving her story into a smooth fabric befitting of the events portrayed in the novel Little House on the Prairie. Miller's book reveals a more intimate view from Caroline's perspective. She elaborates on her pain, passion, impatience, fear, relief, and joy. Miller captures the voice of Caroline in a sympathetic ...
  • Trish at Between My Lines
    This was everything I wanted a Little House tie-in to be. It was faithful to original but also felt fresh and new. I loved hearing the familiar story from Ma's POV. Her bravery and her ability to make a home anywhere is Inspiring. And her self doubts made her more realistic and human.One of my favourite books this year.
  • Amanda
    Rereading the "Little House" series as an adult is an altogether different experience. What sounded delightful as a child ("bean broth! how warm and comforting!") now, as a parent, sounds awful (trapped in a one room house for days on end with cold, hungry children to entertain?). Knowing this, I was really looking forward to reading "Caroline," the "Little House" story told from Ma's perspective. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me in a big way. ...
  • Ariel
    I am a huge Little House fan of both the books and TV show. I was Laura for Halloween one year in the seventies and I still have my prairie bonnet. I was super excited to read this book and I was the perfect audience for it. Unfortunately the first third dragged longer than a trip across the prairie. For some reason Pa decides to drag his family away from everyone they know and take them out to a land where the rightful native inhabitants aren't ...
  • Rachel
    Reading Caroline was like reading Little House on the Prairie again for the first time. When I was young, I spend an entire summer reading Wilder's Little House series. Since then, I've re-read her books many times. I was excited but apprehensive to read Caroline. Would Miller be true to the Ingalls family, or would she twist Ma into an unrecognizable character? I shouldn't have worried. From small details like Pa combing his fingers through his ...
  • Ann
    The concept behind this book is excellent - Little House, through the eyes of Caroline. Written with the full approval of Little House Heritage Trust, I felt like it would be a better book than the many books written 10-15 years ago that seemed to be written just to capitalize on the popularity of the Little House books. In many ways, this was an excellent read. Written from Caroline’s perspective, the reader gets a full picture of the fear, lo...
  • Erin Cataldi
    Straight up a must read for any grown up Little House fan. This book did not disappoint! Caroline is told through the perspective of Ma and it starts right where Little House in the Big Woods ends. We saw Laura's carefree nature, Pa's strong unwavering love, Caroline's fears about giving birth in the plains with no other females around to assist her. This goes into more detail about the little things that readers always wondered but never knew, h...
  • Kim
    Such a tedious book! Lots of purple prose and lots of time spent inside Caroline's head with the same thoughts circling over and over. And some of it seemed so trivial too (pickles and white bread?). Anyone who has read the Little House books knows that Ma was serious and reserved, but was there really so little joy in her life? Did she see her girls as burdens and long to be alone so she could daydream in her rocking chair? (or mourn that it was...
  • Diana
    I loved this book, I liked the retelling of the journey of what became the book, Little House on the Prairie from Caroline's point of view. Some of what was written makes you look at Caroline in a different light. She's not the Ma, with all of the answers. She's a woman with flaws, fears, and who makes mistakes. Since I listened to the audio book, I didn't have some of the issues some were mentioning with the sentence structure that made the book...
  • Renee C.
    I was lucky enough to obtain an ARC and I read it straight through. It was beyond words to be back in the Little House world and being submersed in it solely from Ma's point of view. I have read and re-read the entire Little House series, as well as every book and article outside the series that has been published about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Caroline: Little House, Revisited, remains true to the tone, atmosphere, history and legacy of the Little ...
  • Diana Nelson
    I've always been a big fan of LIW. Growing up near Mansfield, the town in which she and Rose wrote the books, loving Laura was easy to do. One thing I have always loved about her books is the optimism of the character, Laura, which she obviously gets from her Pa. This book, covering the events of Little House on the Prairie, is all from Ma's perspective and is not nearly so optimistic. But, as a mother myself, I can say that the worry and fear Ma...
  • Chelsea
    2.5 STARSDNF - Page 96 ... I really wanted to love this book, but somehow I can't find much interest in finishing. The pacing was a extremely slow and too much time was spent dwelling on Caroline's misgivings about the future. I want to say I'm going to try reading this again down the road, but I highly doubt it. It's not a book I'm going to rave about to my friends (Hey, guys! 😉), which is probably a good indication of my overall disinterest.
  • Jenn
    I heard about this book from NPR's "Fresh Air" podcast and was intrigued. I confess - I am not quite sure what I expected. The book is very G-rated -- straddling some unknown line beyond "children's story" and historical romance. I'm impressed with the way the author thought through the psychology/motivations of the primary adult characters, Caroline & Charles. It was fun to see the stories that I remember from Laura Ingalls' books told from the ...
  • Darlene Ferland
    Sarah Miller did a beautiful job filled with insight into the Mother of Laura, Mary and Carrie, the children of the of the Little House on the Prairie books. Reading the books as a child or watching the show on television really didn't fully flesh out Mrs. Ingalls. Ms. Miller did bring the Mother to life. This book is a wonderful depiction of life on the move in the 1870. The family chose to fill a covered wagon and head to the Kansas Indian Terr...
  • Readingbringsjoy
    I can’t speak the praises of Caroline Little House, Revisited enough. It was beautifully written and transported me into the wagon that the Ingalls family was traveling in and then I was living in the house that Charles built for his family in Kansas. Feeling present in the story was completely due to Millers writing style and through her extensive research into the lives of the Ingalls family. Caroline’s character was real and relatable. I w...