The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you are reading this series with children, you should give this one a miss. It was published as Laura’s unedited manuscript after Rose (Laura and Almanzo’s daughter) died. The voice is so completely different in this one that it tarnished the rest of the series for me. I grew accustomed to the saccharine quality of them that this one felt almost bitter. There was never a shortage of hard times in the other books, but everything always seemed to right itself in the end. This one just felt hard and devoid of much joy or love. I want to go on believing the Ingalls family led a slightly charmed life together and that it didn’t stop when Laura became a Wilder. I hesitate to read the other two books Laura wrote for fear of more of the same as this one.