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Letters of a Woman Homesteader

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Narrated By: Lynne Carroll

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2016

Duration: 5 hours 20 minutes


The writer of the following letters is a young woman who lost her husband in a railroad accident and went to Denver to seek support for herself and her two-year-old daughter, Jerrine. Turning her hand to the nearest work, she went out by the day as house-cleaner and laundress. Later, seeking to better herself, she accepted employment as a housekeeper for a well-to-do Scotch cattle-man, Mr. Stewart, who had taken up a quarter-section in Wyoming. The letters, written through several years to a former employer in Denver, tell the story of her new life in the new country. They are genuine letters, and are printed as written, except for occasional omissions and the alteration of some of the names. (Publishers' Note, May 1914)


  • Debra C.

    I loved listening to it! Having lived out west for several years, i had no problem with the mental images!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Linda Marrs

    This book is just like receiving letters from a friend, c. 1910. Entertaining and inspiring with a nice sprinkling of surprises and humor as well as events that will touch your heart. An absolute delight!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Patricia B.

    I have dearly enjoyed listing to this and it has neen such a comfort. My grandmother was a homesteader and she was the smartest hard working honestly greatest woman I have been blessed to have taught me how to live. So many of the letters read in this series is just like sitting down to listen to my Grandmother or Great Grandmother"s. I am 55 but this brings the best of my life back to life. Not many women like myself or grandma are around to teach a new generation of women you can go it on your own. And as my Grandmother always said a woman needs only a few things in life to survive. 1.- A well stocked tool box. 2.- A bank account to save money in. 3.- Keep your wits about you. Never panic.

  • Mary H.

    Had a difficult time understanding the narrator. She does not enunciate properly. The book is good, but couldn’t continue listening. I regret purchasing the book. Because of the poor diction of the very young reader. I got tired of straining to understand what she was saying..a waste of money!

  • wanda s

    This is an interesting picture of life over 100 years ago.

  • Doretha C

    I enjoyed the book. It gave me insight into a world that is gone. It makes me think of how I would have handled life back then.

  • Karen R

    Interesting read. I enjoyed hearing true stories from times gone. by. I would recommend if you enjoy history.

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