Monday, November 21, 2016
Book Review: The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees
So Ms. McNees has imagined a summer romance for Louisa. In this small town they quickly become known for Bronson's fame has followed them (although they hope the infamy of his many unpaid debts have not.) Louisa's oldest and youngest sisters quickly make friends and Louisa comes up with the idea for them to stage a play, as there isn't much going on in the town. Joseph, the young man who works in his father's general store, seems to be interested in Louisa. She is determined, however, to move to Boston to write, once she's saved up enough money. But will she reconsider, given Joseph's feelings?
I know what really happens in Louisa's life, so the outcome was never truly up in the air, but at the same time Ms. McNees truly added just the right amount of suspense and true feeling to make me pause and wonder if maybe she would make a different decision in the novel. That's always a sign of a masterful writer, when the conclusion is foregone, and yet you still root for something different to happen. Any fan of Alcott's will enjoy this novel. And if you haven't read Alcott's other books, I remember loving Jack and Jill and Under the Lilacs when I was about 11.
I got this ARC for free from the publisher.