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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Friday, June 21, 2019

Caroline, Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller: A Review by Warren Bull

Caroline, Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller: A Review by Warren Bull

Image from Frantzou Fleurie on Upslash

This novel was written with the full approval of the Little House Heritage Trust. It is a USA Today best-seller. As a child, I read all the Little House books and enjoyed the adventures of Laura and her family. I suppose I expected something nostalgic from this book, but I got much more. This would be an excellent historical novel even if there had been no Little House books.
Thinking back to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s work, I remember that Pa (Charles) was always shown as his daughter’s hero. He was physically strong and brave, ready with a cheerful fiddle, and a story. Ma (Caroline) was strong in other ways. She was presented as a model of correct behavior and persistence but she was not treated with the special love of a girl toward her father.
Miller presents a woman, pregnant and without friends and family close by who has to make do on her own on the frontier in 1870. While Charles is amazingly capable of building a log cabin or freeing a wagon sunk deeply in the mud, he is not mindful of the dangers of crossing a frozen lake while the ice cracks around the wheels of the wagon or fording a river strong enough to carry horses and wagon, not to mention the family riding inside.
Caroline has aches and fears of her own that she conceals from her husband and daughter. She is interesting as an adult outside the role of a mother. Charles, as a man, outside the role of father, is also given a more complete realization than in the Little House books.
The history is well researched and compelling. The attitudes and beliefs of the characters are timely and notably different from people of our time. 
This is a very successful re-imaging of well-known literary characters and I recommend it very highly.


KM Rockwood said...

I've always been intrigued with the way the Little House series demonstrates the historic changes from the time when Laura and Mary share a tin cup in the largely isolated and self-sufficient House in the Big Woods to De Smet, where they are part of a community and have access to the manufactured goods available through a store.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I agree with Kathleen. As the Ingles moved around the Midwest, civilization kept catching up with them.

Kait said...

I never read the books, but I loved the series. Someday, I'll catch up with the literary Laura. I'm so glad some delved into Ma Ingles. I've always wondered how she coped with the prairie. Women pioneers were the unsung heros who have always fascinated me.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Good review, Warren. The book sounds quite interesting.