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EBOOK ⛈ The First Four Years á Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story Be warned! This book is very, very different from all the other books in the Little House on the Prairie series In fact, this book makes it easy to see how embellished the other books are and the positive spin that was put on them Because it was published after the death of Laura and her daughter, it is not quite complete as well It was taken directly from Laura's notebooks that were found in her belongings after her death and barely any editing was done on them That being said, this book isn't necessarily worse than the others, just entirely different The rest of the books, for those who have no read them, detailed Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood growing up and being a pioneer girl with her Ma, Pa, and three sisters.The First Four Years details the first four years of Laura and Almanzo's (who she calls Manlly in this book) marriage They set up house on his tree claim after agreeing to try farming for three years The first year passes quickly they seem happy enough and evenso when Laura is expecting They have a daughter, Rose, and Laura completely loves her and is quite devoted to her They remain somewhat happy but do manage to have quite the disastourous next few years It seems that everything bad that can happen, will happen They have to suffer through crops being destroyed, illness and other hardships in those four years.The characters in this are much changed from the other books They are less like characters in this book andlike the real thing and its a little easier to see that Laura wrote from the heart and didn't try to make this an easy children's story Itsof an outline with all the emotions she felt still showing Manly is kind of distanced and doesn't seem to be as good with finances as he in in the other books Laura ismature but sadly leaves most of the decision to Manly.The book is short and isa series of little stories from those four years It is still mostly appropriate for children although there are a few sections that made even me pause This could be considered a spoiler for the book so do beware The first thing that made me pause was the Boasts (friends of Laura's) that offered to give Laura and Manly their best horse for Rose when she was a baby Being childless they were probably desperate but it was still a shock to read about the situation in the children's book The next was the death of their son Maybe it was just me, but I couldn't help but feel that Laura seemed almost relieved when it was back to being just her, Rose, and Almanzo I'm sure she cared for the boy (who wasn't alive long enough to be named) but I just didn't get that emotion in the book I also noticed that in the writing of this book, some facts contradicted what the other books had say, like Manly having a milk cow before Laura married him.This book is still very important to read when it comes to the series It is depressing and I can see why Laura never published it on her own, but it does explain a lot and continue her story The entire series is a wonderful read and despite the tone of this book, it is vital to the collection.The First Four YearsCopyright 1971134 pages Bit of a lackluster end to one of my fave seriesThis is an unfinished manuscript Laura Ingalls Wilder intended to write a full novel on her early years married to Almanzo Wilder but she passed prior to finishing the book Roger Lea MacBride (adopted grandson of Rose, Laura's daughter) found this manuscript after posthumously rummaging through Rose's things and decided to publish this anyway I don't wish it would've gone unpublished but at the same time, it's just not as good as the previous books We do get some content about the new hardships she faced as a wife and mother but the books don't have the same feel It feels shorter, rushed and repeats information from the eighth book Roger Lea MacBride then inherited all of the Little House Royalties ( not Laura's extended family) and proceeded to publish many a book based on the Ingalls family His descendants still own the rights to Laura's life and estate opposed to Laura's family I have not read those companion books (nor do I intend to) based on that principle Laura's books were autobiographical His books are works of fiction Plus it always bugged me that Roger MacBride took over the series.Laura's family survived her aunts, uncles and cousins all survived so while she didn't have any direct descents (other than Rose, who never had surviving children) but there are certainly Ingalls descendants who are there MacBride wrote a series from Rose's perspective often leaning on things that Rose supposedly told him during their few years as friends when she was in her 70s and he was just a boy He also used the estate to amass a fortune based off of Laura's series.It bothers me.It really bothers me To put this in perspective, if I went over to my 70yearold neighbor, became friends for a few years, grabbed the rights to her late mother's estate, then waited a few decades after her death to capitalize on her experiences as a child under the veil of being an adopted grandchild (despite nothing legal ever happening)it would be wrong.If not wrong, at least a little shady and morally ambigious? Then, when her surviving family goes, no wait That's OUR story to refuse them anything, instead pass their (the Ingall's) family legacy to my (completely unrelated) family again because of the adopted grandchild status (and powerful lawyers).It seemsweirdand a little strange (and skeezy?) to capitalize to such an extent on someone you knew for a few years in your childhood.Plus, am I REALLY supposed to believe that Roger's memory is SO GOOD that he can retell Rose's entire life thirty years AFTER she supposedly told it to him? Methinks quite a bit of it is fiction Quite frankly, if Rose wanted to tell the story, she would've written it herself Anyway, that was a really long explanation to saywhelp, this is as far as I'll go in the seriesAudiobook CommentsRead by Cherry Jones and accompanied by Paul Woodiel on the fiddle this lovely pair made this book amazing.YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading! I hope thatrecentlypublished editions have fixed the error on page 70 of my Harper Row copy: Laura powers through labor by remembering one of the hymns Pa used to sing, but it's Angel Band, NOT Angel Bank! Thank you, The Monkees' version of Angel Bank at YouTube, with Michael Nesmith on lead! The book itself feels slightly different from the other books (although it recaps the very last part of THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YEARS, as Laura marries Almanzo Wilder and they move into their Little Gray Home in the West, as THGY's last chapter is titled) and covers four years in 190 pages Happy 2019, everyone! Be well, be blessed! Discovered in 1971 and posthumously tacked onto the previous eight volumes of the 'Little House' series, it's obvious from the first pages that something's a little amiss here The tone is different, harder,grownup, with many details that ended 'These Happy Golden Years' changed here, and not for the better After going off to live 'the life of a farmer's wife' in the previous book, the same scene is revisited, with Laura telling Manly (she calls Almanzo by his nickname throughout the book) that he should work in a shop, and that she has no interest in being a farmer's wife Jarring! But probably closer to the truth, too.The lack of finesse added to other books by Laura's daughter Rose is noticeably absent here Also, considering that the manuscript was found after her death, there's a good chance that it was unfinished, and might have been fleshed out at a later date.It's interesting to see just how much hardship the couple endured in their four years of attempting to settle a land claim with the government At the same time, the atrocities pile up so quickly, it's hard not to be come desensitized to them after a while When the last ten pages is given over to 1) typhoon, 2) temporary blindless, 3) bankruptcy, 4) a fire that wipes out the family house and nearly kills Laura and Rose, it almost turns into some sort of black comedy, where the protagonist puts his foot in a bucket, falls off a cliff, and inadvertently starts World War III Of course, it wasn't a comedy, and as far as I know, these things actually happened, making itdepressing.If you're following this saga 'all the way to the bitter end,' you'll probably want to read this If you just want to enjoy the fairytale tone and ambiance of the previous books, I beg of you to stop with 'These Happy Golden Years' and protect your innocence Since my girlfriend is writing a book about LIW, you can imagine that I'll riding this runaway train to the end of the line, but that doesn't mean you have to!