The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure is the book (actually in e-book format) I am reading at present.
What I liked:
– Ms. McClure gets the idea of “Laura Land” (as she calls it) right in that I had a “Laura Land” of my own, but as she finds out, everyone’s is just a little different.
– The comparisons between the actual Little House books, the real lives of the Ingalls and the Wilders, and then the TV series. I have such a trained eye when it comes to all of the differences that I could have been bored by things maybe other people don’t know, but I have enjoyed making sure Ms. McClure gets things right.
– Ms. McClure also visits all of the actual Little House sites. . . I haven’t even been to them all, only a portion, so I have enjoyed reading her impressions and descriptions of these places.
– Some of her descriptions of attempts to enter “Laura Land” as an adult quite funny.
– I am jealous that she got to camp during a hailstorm on the Ingalls’ Homestead in DeSmet, SD. . . that would be the ultimate experience! (Besides a triplet tornado in the distance . . . )
– That she came to the realization that she was really searching for her mother and her younger self.
What I am not sure I have liked, or don’t agree with:
– Ms. McClure finds it creepy to walk on gravesites in Pepin. Oh, come on, that is ridiculous! I grew up next door to a cemetery that was a delightful playground in every season. When I am buried, I wish to be in a small cemetery where small children will play hide-n-seek.
– She (the author) always desired as a little girl to be able to have Laura come visit her in present day to “show her around.” I never wanted to do that. I always desired a time machine so I could go back to Laura’s time. I used to imagine going to school with her in about 1880 or so!