Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Wilder Rose

 Susan Wittig Albert  is a talented writer and her China Bayles mystery series, where the sleuth runs a herb shop, are always a pleasure to read. We love the herbal recipes and lore she always includes.
17906160 Albert's books are always well written but this one A Wilder Rose really spoke to my heart. A fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder from childhood I was eager to read this story of who really wrote the "Little House" books. Starting her research with Rose Wilder Lane's unpublished diaries and letters, this book weaves a tale of fact and fiction of the collaboration between Rose and her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder. This wonderful story of two strong women is enhanced by Albert's research and attention to detail. She includes historical references both to music that was playing and to the work of other writers of the time. The book also spans multiple eras of work ethics, technological improvements, financial hardship, environmental impacts and politics of war, of the new deal, of the depression all while exploring the nuances of family relationships, the depth of friendships and the journey of Rose Wilder's life. Throughout the book tea is enjoyed on the porch, on the garage roof, at the kitchen table and through tea parties. I enjoyed a few pots of tea with this good read!


4 comments:

susanalbert said...

Thanks, Susanna, for this excellent review. You're right about the research--there was lots of it. But I'm convinced that we can't fully understand a book (in this case, 8 of them, 9 if you count the only book actually written by Laura) unless we understand the world in which it was written. So glad you enjoyed it!

Steph said...

I also loved this book! (And the Series.)

Angela McRae said...

Oh, I am definitely going to have to get this one! By the way, I went in B&N the other day to get "Lavender Lies" but they didn't have it in stock, so I'll just have to do a great big online order soon!

Marilyn said...

I have read some of Susan's books and now must search out this one. It does sound like one I would enjoy.