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Monday, February 20, 2012

Just For Us Prairie Girls

 I thought we'd talk books today.  I found a copy of this sweet little book while on my last visit to
Mill Creek Settlement Retreat, and, as a bonafide Prairie Girl, just had to own a copy.  It's quite delightful.  It's a fun little read about how you  "may not have to truss a turkey or embroider a pillowcase on a daily basis, however, it pays for a modern girl to posses the skills of a pioneer woman, especially in a challenging urban landscape"!  The book contains all kinds of advice and how-tos on a variety of subjects relating to life.  Some of my favorite parts of the book are how to speak the "old-time slang", such as using the saying "huckleberry above a persimmon", which means 'a cut above', used as follows: "Sam thought Minnie's pie was a huckleberry above a persimmon, but he couldn't bring himself to tell her so."   Would you like to know how to spin yarn?  Make a rhubarb pie from scratch?   Lace a corset?  Do you need to know how to braid you hair to fit in any bonnet?  Well...this book is for you!  {Grin}  It will bring a smile to your face.  I bought my copy thru Amazon.

Ok....before you head over to Amazon, I wanted to share more historical fiction book recommendations with you:

Here's a trilogy by author Nancy E. Turner -

These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901
Sarah's Quilt: A Novel of S.A.Prine and AZ Territories, 1906
The Star Garden: A Novel of S.A. Prine

Come Spring by Ames Williams

The Independence of Miss Jane Bennet by Colleen McCullough
(a fictitional follow-up to Pride & Prejudice)

Rasputin's Daughter by Robert Alexander

Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

Pilate's Wife by Anbinette May

The Old House at Railes by Mary Pearce

And a series by Vilheim Moberg
The Emigrants
Unto a Good Land
The Settlers
Last Letter Home

One of my favorite historical fiction books is The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

And, I don't think we can ever go wrong reading the
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder!

My thanks to all of my readers whom shared their book recommendations with me.  My blog readers are a huckleberry above a persimmon, to say the least!

I'm knee deep into the construction of another quilt for my Vintage Stitches series.  This quilt features the Cross X block, and I'm madly in love with that block.  I've loved it for a long time and have designed two new quilts using it.  I'll have pictures in my next post - so please stay tune - and I hope you have a most enjoyable day!



  1. Thanks for sharing this, Pam. I love historical fiction and I've been looking for some good reads to download on my Kindle. I'm going to start with the Vilheim Moberg series, I'm going to download it now!

    BTW, I'm a big fan of Lynn Austin's books, have you read hers?

  2. I ready the Nancy Turner series and just loved it. The series reminded me of books written by Sandra Dallas...another writer I have to read everything she writes!