Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I read this book for the Little House Readalong. It is the last book in the Little House series, although there are books of collected letters.

The First Four Years (Little House, #9)
HarperCollins

The book goes back a bit before These Happy Golden Years to the time right before Laura and Almanzo's wedding and covers the first four years of their marriage. Laura and Almanzo work through the trials of farming, the joy of a daughter, and the heartbreak of loss. Through it all they have their love for each other and their pioneering spirit to help them survive.

This book does have a bit of a different style to the story, since it was written down by Laura, but not really edited by her. Almanzo becomes Manly in the story, but in this book his nickname is not explained. It is shorter than the other stories and I missed hearing about the other members of Laura's family. Laura showed the harshness of farming on the plains, particularly how they were at the mercy of the weather and the joys and heartbreaks of married life and building a family. I enjoyed reading Rose's escapades and the scene with the horses always gives me goosebumps and also the scene with the Boasts broke my heart and also made me sad for the friendship that was lost because of Mr. Boast's request. It was still a sweet story and I enjoyed seeing Laura and Almanzo's interactions. 4 cups of cocoa.

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