Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" Review


Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
282 pages
Originally published 1914; Copyright renewed 1942.

I read about this book on another book blog, and sorry to say, I can't remember whose blog it was. 

 Anyway, since I love reading about pioneers in the Old West because, they were tough and were willing to work super hard to create a new life. I visited my library to check the book out. They were able to get it for me on loan from another library. 

" Letters of a Woman Homesteader" is a series of letters written by a young widow and mother who left her job in Denver and moved to Burnt Fork, Wyoming, in 1909 and took up homesteading.  Elinore Pruitt Stewart wrote the letters to her former employer in Denver, a Mrs. Coney, and they are full of stories about her adventures and about the other homesteaders around her.

My Viewpoint:  I loved everything about this book. Elinore was hard-working, and some of her adventures were a bit scary, I never would have had the nerve to do some of the things she did. She married the rancher she set out to work for within 6 weeks. Their affection and respect for one another grew. There were many things to admire about this independent woman who told her story in this series of letters.  

"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" is a part of our vanished past,  and Stewart's effusive warmth and her delight in the world cannot fail to capture the hearts of her readers. (Back cover)

I found this book a delightful read and I'm giving it 5***** because I loved it.

I borrowed this book from the library.


  1. mom would probably love this book. she absolutely loved the laura ingalls wilder books, and this sounds quite similar, similar time period at least.

  2. I loved this book as well when I read it. There is something about that time period that seems so much easier, even though it was so much harder.

    I thought I would let you know that if you don't find that a book you want to read is at your local library you can ask your librarian to order it in for you. A lot of people don't know that. It is a great way for people to read GOOD books and GOOD way for GREAT books to get into Libraries!

  3. Lovely review, Gigi Ann. The book sounds wonderful.

  4. I"m so glad you liked the book. It's one of my favorites. I love that whole period when we were all new and things weren't so complicated yet very complicated at the same time.

    Great review!

  5. I haven't read this, but it sounds like one I'd really like!

  6. This does sound very good, great review ;)