Review: Letters of a Woman Homesteader

Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Elinore Pruitt StewartIn 1909 Elinore Pruitt Stewart and her young daughter left Denver, Colorado for the prairies of Wyoming. The land is wild— its inhabitants only marginally less so—and ranching as a single woman in difficult.

Letters of a Woman Homesteader includes letters from Elinore to her former employer — a snapshot of three years’ time spent ranching, surviving, and thriving. Elinore describes odd characters (from hermits to foreign settlers), beautiful landscapes, and harsh environments, giving the reader just a taste of what it would have been like for settlers in the early 20th century.

Nicely done

This was a cheerful, lovely sort of book — perfect for plane rides or other adventures. Stewart was a master at weaving tales, and I gobbled up her descriptions of mountains, snow, and her (occasionally crazy) encounters with neighbors and wildlife.

If you enjoy Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writing, Letters of a Woman Homesteader should be right up your alley. Stewart’s writing draws you in and suddenly you feel as if you’re sitting in the rocking chair at her hearth, chatting with an old friend.

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5 Responses

  1. Nikki-ann April 29, 2012 / 3:05 pm

    Not an author or book I’ve heard of before, but it certainly sounds like it’s worth giving a go :)

    • amypeveto April 30, 2012 / 8:17 pm

      It was good. Quick read, nice and descriptive. It was a little jarring to read only one side of the conversation, and it was a little choppy, but I really enjoyed Elinore’s writing.

  2. Jenny April 29, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    I’m not a fan of the Little House books so I never made it past the first book but this type of book doesn’t bother me. It sounds like Mrs. Mike or These is my Words maybe…sorta???

    • amypeveto April 30, 2012 / 8:24 pm

      A little like These Is My Words, yes, although less dramatic/epic, I think. It’s also not a full tale, really, since it’s coming from one perspective and is a little choppy. But you should give it a try.

      • amypeveto April 30, 2012 / 8:24 pm

        Hit the button too fast! :)

        Why didn’t you like Wilder’s books? I read them over and over as a kid — they might have been the first chapter books I read.

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