My all-time favorite book series has got to be the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was first introduced to them when my mother checked them out at the library to read to us at bedtime before I started school. The problem was, one chapter a night just wasn’t enough. I couldn’t wait to learn to read. Just as soon as I started 1st grade I took off reading in a big hurry. And so, the summer between 1st grade and 2nd grade (at age 7) I read the entire Little House series. I really did! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the series since then.
Author Susan Marlow, on the other hand, found the Little House books to be somewhat of a drag. She likes lots of action. She admits that she skipped sections to get to the exciting parts. She loved the conflict between Laura and Nellie. I can see her point… and I expect I probably did the same thing as a young reader. That may be why I’ve enjoyed re-reading them over the years, to savor more of the details as an adult.
So what do the Little House books and Susan’s Circle C books have in common? Actually, more than you might think. The time period is approximately the same, though the setting is completely different. The heroines are spunky and brave, which I love. But my favorite thing about both series is how the heroine grows up over the course of the books. I know I would have loved the Circle C books if they had been around when I was growing up.
Circle C Beginnings
Circle C Stepping Stones
They are followed by the Circle C Stepping Stones books when Andi is 9 years old. (These have just come out, so I haven’t read them yet. I hope to share a review a little later on.)
Circle C Adventures
Susan’s original series, Circle C Adventures, take place when Andi is 12 years old.
Circle C Milestones
Then the final mini-series about Andi is Circle C Milestones in which she is 14-18 years old.
I just read the last book in the series, Courageous Love. Like every other book in the series, it includes plenty of action and adventure, as well as a touch of romance. I appreciate how each book includes important life lessons. The theme of this particular title is “courage.” It’s a very satisfying coming-of-age conclusion to the series.
Susan blogs at Andi Carter’s Blog, sometimes as Andi (the character) and sometimes as Mrs. M (the author). She often shares bonus stories and behind-the-scenes glimpses into Andi’s life as well as the writing process.