Title: Little Women
Author: Kelly O’Connor McNees
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
I don’t remember how old I was when I first read Little Women, but it seems like it has always been a part of my life. I have read it so many times that I’ve lost count. Like most little girls, I wanted to be Jo. And I wanted three sisters to replace my little brother. But one of the things I wanted most, was a Laurie. To this day, every time I reread Little Women, I pray that Jo and Laurie would end up together (I also pray that Beth will have a happy ending).
In The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Kelly O’Connor McNees (what a fantastically Irish name by the way) gives us a possible reason for the ending that we have always wish would change.
In Lost Summer, Louisa is a young woman and budding author forced to spend the summer in Walpole, New Hampshire with her family before finally striking out on her own. There, she meets Joseph Singer. Joseph forces her to reconsider her vow to never fall in love and marry – a principle she feels she must stick to in order to be a successful writer. Throughout the novel, we see how the Alcotts might have lived and the difficulties they faced living by Bronson Alcott’s philosophy.
I found it a thoroughly interesting and captivating story. Although I knew how it must end (just as I know how Little Women must always end), I was completely invested in the story and the romance between Louisa and Joseph. If you are a fan of Little Women, you must check out this novel. But be prepared to want to read Little Women all over again when you are through.