I was reminded of this book recently by another “blogger.” Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan.
My first reaction was remembering that my mother had recommended the book many, many years ago. I never took time to pursue reading it….. until…. I learned what the story was about.
In the early homesteading days, Jacob and his daughter, Anna, and his son, Caleb, are living on the plains. We learn in the first chapter that Jacob’s wife died after giving birth to Jacob.
In the early chapters Sarah comes into their lives, but will she stay?
Oh my. Now I know why my mother recommended this story. She lived this story, since the moment of her birth.
Just north of Henry, Nebraska, a Danish homesteader and his wife were expecting a child. Two days after the birth of my mother, her own mother died of childbirth complications. The strong, hard-working farmer now faced the challenge of raising an infant daughter alone.
The neighbor family helped care for the baby, with my granddad spending every evening at their home, until it was time to return to his work. Long hours of work left no time for socializing. Communication and travel were vastly different from today.
However, just down the road, stood a rural schoolhouse. The teacher at that school was a kind, single, strong woman named Mary. Soon, Chris and Mary were married, and Vanessa again had a mother, who loved her as her own. John and Margaret were born soon after, and my family roots were planted.
And so, as I read Sarah, Plain and Tall, I cried with every page. I absolutely loved it.
More to be added to this post after the rest of the week’s reading! PS, my copy of the new alphabet book is on its way!
I’m beginning the series The Boys War, after seeing it in another post. We have the books in our school library, so I’m just getting started on them. I love this type of reading. I know I will enjoy this series. My family has letters from our ancestors that were written during the Civil War. They were from a father and son who were in the war together, writing home to the wife (and mother.) In the letters we learned that the son was killed. I know this series will become a favorite.