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Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called Word Bird Editorial Services, through which she helps authors of all stripes improve their craft and prepare their writing for publication. She is the author of three novels: The Island of Doves, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, and In Need of a Good Wife, which was a finalist for the 2012 Willa Award. Kelly lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.


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Average rating: 3.65 · 3,512 ratings · 810 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
The Lost Summer of Louisa M...
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 2,738 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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In Need of a Good Wife
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 653 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
"A beautiful re-working of Jane Eyre, it made me want to travel to both Scotland and Iceland. I loved Gemma, she was such a strong character. I'd def. recommend to anyone who loves Jane Eyre or strong female characters."
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Scotland comes alive in this retelling. The prose is gorgeous too. Loved it.
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I love all of Lara's books, but this one really gripped me. She writes so realistically about addiction that I wondered whether she had firsthand experience with it as a kid (turns out no: http://larawrites.com/blog/2012/12/11...). Jane's struggle to ...more
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“You've written plenty of romantic tales," he said, taking the book from her hands and gently closing it. "Didn't you know I would come?”
Kelly O'Connor McNees, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

“When women set their hearts on anything it is a known fact that they seldom fail to accomplish it. ~Mrs. podgers' Teapot”
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“...it seemed marriage by its very design was meant to seek out love and destroy it.”
Kelly O'Connor McNees, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

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