Elinore Pruitt Rupert, a widow with a young daughter, took a job keeping house for a man named Clyde Stewart out on the plains of Wyoming in 1909. She wanted to try homesteading for herself, but knew she'd need some way of keeping herself and her daughter until she had her homestead up and running, so hit upon the idea of keeping house for some established rancher or farmer to begin with. She ended up marrying Mr. Stewart quite soon after moving there, but insisted on homesteading on her own to see if a determined woman could make a go of it. And make a go of it, she certainly did.
For me, the chief delight of this book is how intrepidly and joyfully this woman faces life. She goes about having adventures, helping people, making the very best of life in every situation. Even though her life certainly isn't easy, and she faces heartache, she does not lose her hope or her joy or her faith. Amazing woman.
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Particularly Good Parts:
...although I married in haste, I have no cause to repent. That is very fortunate because I have never had one bit of leisure to repent in (p. 86).
It is true, I want a great many things I haven't got, but I don't want them enough to be discontented and not enjoy the many blessings that are mine (p. 89).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for frontier hardships, a few bits of mild bad language in transcribed dialog, and a discussion of Mormons practicing polygamy.