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The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

by Kelly O’Connor McNees

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In the summer of 1855 and the notion of making a living as a writer is still a far-off dream for Louisa. The Alcott family, destitute as usual, moves to a generous uncle's empty house in Walpole, New Hampshire, for the summer. Here, a striking but pensive Louisa meets Joseph Singer. But just as she begins to open her heart, she discovers that Joseph may not be free to give his away. Their newfound love carries a steep price, and Louisa fears she may pay with the independence she has fought so hard to protect.… (more)

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This book started out slow for me but got better and better. Even the writing improved as the story increased in intensity. ( )
  anitatally | Feb 28, 2019 |
An absolute treasure for all of us who so fondly recall reading "Little Women" and other novels by Louisa May Alcott has we came of age. And may it inspire those who are reading "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott" as their first introduction to this extraordinary woman to discover her novels.

I rarely read novels more than once but I know that I will read this priceless gem again some day. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Nov 16, 2017 |
3.5 stars. Overall, I immensely enjoyed 75% of the story. The latter chapters and ending was disappointing though. ( )
  This-n-That | Jul 23, 2016 |
A hisorical fiction story about the author of Little Women (which I have not read yet) that takes place during the summer before she leaves her family behind and moves to Boston to persue a writing career. During this summer she may fall in love and questions whether she should give up her dream of freedom and independence for a lifetime of catering to needs of others as the life of a wife at the time would call for. Great read, strong characters and made me want to learn more about Louisa May Alcott and become familar with her writing. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
A hisorical fiction story about the author of Little Women (which I have not read yet) that takes place during the summer before she leaves her family behind and moves to Boston to persue a writing career. During this summer she may fall in love and questions whether she should give up her dream of freedom and independence for a lifetime of catering to needs of others as the life of a wife at the time would call for. Great read, strong characters and made me want to learn more about Louisa May Alcott and become familar with her writing. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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Don't laugh at the spinsters, dear girls, for often very tender, tragical romances are hidden away in the hearts that beat so quietly under their sober gowns. -- Little Women
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For my family
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Louisa May Alcott approached the ticket window of the Boston passenger station clutching a large case and a black parasol.
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Perhaps the particularities . . . hardly mattered; perhaps two strangers who stood together through life's long journey would find themselves in a kind of love at the end of it.
Life was so full of sorrow, and a body was a touchstone, a physical reminder that we are more than our grief, even if it owns us for a while.
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