The Lieutenant's Lady

The Lieutenant s Lady When Linnie Colsworth came from the East to visit relatives in Omaha she was plunged into a wider hazardous world than she had ever known In the wake of the Civil War land seekers were pouring into

  • Title: The Lieutenant's Lady
  • Author: Bess Streeter Aldrich
  • ISBN: 9780803259140
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Linnie Colsworth came from the East to visit relatives in Omaha, she was plunged into a wider, hazardous world than she had ever known In the wake of the Civil War, land seekers were pouring into the West and displacing the Indian tribes Although Omaha was beginning to put on social airs, Nebraska was still a raw territory.Not one to take shelter and spend herWhen Linnie Colsworth came from the East to visit relatives in Omaha, she was plunged into a wider, hazardous world than she had ever known In the wake of the Civil War, land seekers were pouring into the West and displacing the Indian tribes Although Omaha was beginning to put on social airs, Nebraska was still a raw territory.Not one to take shelter and spend her days sewing and serving tea, Linnie traveled up the Missouri to deliver a Dear John message to her cousin s fianc , a handsome lieutenant and in a wink became the wife of this stranger They came to love and trust each other, and their survival on the frontier required nothing less, and a good deal , from them than that Their harrowing story is based on the diary of an actual army wife who recorded the daily weather internal and external.The Lieutenant s Lady, which appeared on best seller lists in 1942, is part of a series of stories and novels by Bess Streeter Aldrich to be reprinted by the University of Nebraska Press.

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    1. This is the second novel that I've read by Aldrich. The first was A Lantern in her Hand, the novel for which Aldrich is best known. I won The Lieutenant's Lady from a blog give-away in 2010 and read it shortly after visiting Aldrich's house for the first time in March 2011 (I wrote a blog post about the visit that you can read here: bit/dRNYhJ).The Lieutenant's Lady is about a young woman, Linnie, from the East who's visiting relatives in Omaha, Nebraska in the late 1860s shortly after Nebraska [...]

    2. It was a promising plot, and while the story was fairly good, the writing just was NOT as good as A Lantern in Her Hand. I never felt the deep connection to the narrator like I did in Lantern. But ok.

    3. Based on a true story, I found this book to be an absolutely fascinating tale of a woman. I leaned towards a 4.5 rating because there was a point when they should have hashed it out, Norman and Linnie. I understand why communication was limited for a large portion of the novel, but that last chapter deserved some sort of communication resolution but I was so enthralled by the rest that I chose to overlook it. The historic tidbits were juicy, as were the sly glimpses into characters like Henry. I [...]

    4. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I could have flown through it in a day, it was so hard to put down, but it was one of those rare books that I really didn’t want to end so I kept putting off its reading. And I read all of my favorite passages two or three times just to make it last longer! The point is, this book was amazing. I have four notecards FULL of lines that I want to underline as soon as I buy a copy of my own. Aldrich’s ability to come out with such poignant and touchi [...]

    5. One of my favorite books from my favorite Nebraska author. I know--Willa Cather gets the literary glory and Mari Sandoz wins praise for historical chronicling, but Aldrich is just kind of woman and writer. She tells stories about people you can identify with or find among the leaves of your family tree; she seasons them with mercy and affection, never giving into their faults nor glorifying them to sainthood. She writes of home and family, of hardship and joys, recounting tears and triumph even- [...]

    6. Though written in a narrative style that is little used today, I enjoyed this story. The plot is based on the diary kept by Linnie Colsworth who, in 1867, traveled up the Missouri River by steamboat from Omaha. Her mission was to deliver a Dear John letter from her cousin, Cynthia, to Lieutenant Norman Stafford who was stationed at a frontier fort. She traveled alone on what was to be an arduous journey along the many twists and turns of the river, through lonely unsettled territory that was inh [...]

    7. Well, this was certainly a big disappointment! I had never read this title, but I have read, over and over, all of her other books, and all of her short stories. This was simply not up to her standards! Where is her trademark humor? I just didn;t care about any of the people in this book, the way I cared about Abby Deal, and Laura, Abby's granddaughter, and Miss Bishop, and Mother Mason. I really can't recommend this book to anyone, and especially I would tell all Aldrich lovers to pass this one [...]

    8. This novel, based on the diary of an actual army wife, gives a vivid picture of army life on the frontier while telling one of the most unusual courtship stories you can find. It begins in Omaha in the late 1860's at a party. It ends in the same house where it began -- but a world of adventure and emotion fills the time between. It's hard for me to pick my favorite Aldrich novel, but I know this one is near the top of the lis

    9. I enjoyed this book as a young girl. Great historical fiction about the settling of the frontier. The romance is very unconventional. Linnie decides to deliver a "Dear John" letter from her cousin in person by traveling to the fort where the soldier is stationed. With winter setting in and no way to get her back home, circumstances force a quick wedding. They go through many trials and eventually realize they've grown to love one other.

    10. Based on the journals of an actual soldier's wife living on the frontier of Nebraska in 1868. She and her husband travel up the Missouri River with the US Army in order to quell Indian insurrections at out posts deep into Montana and Dakota territory. Interesting narrative perspective, but not much detail.

    11. A newly discovered author for me- Bess Streeter Aldrich. Her story of a woman on the American frontier is beautiful and descriptive. I enjoyed this book, although I found certain plot elements a little unrealistic.

    12. 3.5 This is good historical fiction, kind of a slow story, but I kind of like books that give you a good feel of what life was like in a different time.

    13. It was a very quick read, but I do not like it as well as "A Lantern in Her Hand." The story elements were compelling, but I don't think it is her best work.

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