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Good Wives (Little Women #1.5)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  11,180 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Three years after the close of Little Women, the March girls and their friend Laurie are young adults carving out their futures. Each girl struggles and eventually finds happiness, but not always in the ways that they expect.
Audio CD, 1 page
Published October 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1869)
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The March girls are all grown up and ready to throw away all their individuality and aspirations so that they can please their extremely-penniless-but-good-Christian husbands <:'D Isn't that exactly what all girls dream of? Servitude to a man!
Fair warning, spoilers ahead:

Remember Meg? She was the self-satisfied smarmy brunette who all the men liked for her looks, and not much else. She makes a match to a really tear-jerkingly boring and terrifically poor tutor, and lives with him to do his bi
Leonor (Ner)
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Jan 28, 2010 Cristina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Can't say
Recommended to Cristina by: Little Women and Alexandra
Shelves: 2010
It's sad but I didn't entirely enjoy this. I missed everyone, even while I read them. The evolution was too rapid, too un-thought. Characters lost their essence because they were apart. It was silly how much joy it brought to have Laurie and Jo reunited, the first sentence they uttered to one another felt like home immediately. I don't know if Alcott did this on purpose, to explore on the bittersweetness of young adulthood, but if she did not do it on purpose, it's simply fascinating, powerful m ...more
Grace Meredith
I was originally under the impression that Good Wives was not in the Little Women series. Fellow readers, do not fall under this misleading illusion! Little Women was actually published in two volumes, the second being written as a sequel after the enormous popularity of the first one. Good Wives is the technical name of that second volume. However, most publishers combine the two volumes into one and just call it Little Women. So, read the sample of this book to make sure that you haven't read ...more
Tatiana Arutyunova
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Good Wives is the sequel to the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The book begins three years after the end of Little Women and continues the stories of the March sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. It is beautifully written, however, there were several things I didn't like about this book. In Little Women, the girls all had dreams and ambitions about what they wanted to become; such as Amy becoming an artist and Jo becoming a famous best selling author. I was slightly nauseated by the way the ...more
Little Women is an amazing book. It is about four sisters: Margaret, Josephine, Elizabeth and Amy. One pretty, one a tomboy, one quiet and shy and one romantic, they make brilliant sisters. Though they are all different and unique, they are the best of friends, relying on one another.

The March sisters experience a lot in their lifetime, which is thoroughly explained and detailed, and makes you feel, think and read on. They experience growing up, falling in love, and dealing with the fact that
Una degna continuazione del primo in cui si ritrovano le sorelle March cresciute e alle prese con la vita adulta, i loro sogni, i loro dispiaceri e la stessa fiducia nell'amore e nella famiglia.
The truly benefiting and deserving sequel to Little Women, I fell in love with this book!

Discovering it's prequel was the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me and when I found out that Good Wives existed, my excitement was unparalleled to unlike anything else. The inspiration I felt was of the highest form and the morality of the book rather suited me, for I like being preached to (Don't think me weird). The moral epiphany continues, the fates of the little women gets revealed, gentle f
Ayu Palar
Mar 27, 2009 Ayu Palar rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ayu by: Sherien
Shelves: classics
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To begin with,I'm glad I finished this book at last.
but as everyone fell for it,I've got to confess that wasn't the way it worked for me.
It felt good to finally get through all the depressing parts to reach to the good and happy ones.but they weren't enough to fill the hole,you know.
No misunderstanding here.I'm almost glad with how everything turned out.but through all what happened,old characters got annoying for me.and as they grew up and changed I began to despise them.except for Jo,who almos
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Louisa May Alcott's classic sequel to Little Women.

Oh, the treasure trove of lessons there are to be gained by old books! It's been years since I last read either Little Women (or it's unknown-to-me-sequel), and I'm much ashamed for it. Oh what I have been missing all this time! But still, sometimes it's nicer to wait and discover so many more treasures for the waiting in the meantime.

Now that I'm all grown up – but as yet still unmarried – I enjoyed reading how the Little Women grew up and seeing Meg's daily struggles as a young wife and mother
Hadiah dari Serambi, terima kasih ya.
Cerita awal di halaman 7, langsung membuat saya tersenyum dan membayangkan kalau nanti tiga anak perempuan saya dewasa :D

“Seorang ibu rumah tangga, sekaya apa pun, harus tahu bagaimana segala sesuatu harus dilakukan di rumahnya, kalau dia ingin dilayani dengan baik dan jujur.” (Gosip – halaman 21)

Sejak membaca novel Little Women, sudah jatuh cinta dengan kisah Bu March dan keempat anak perempuannya, Meg, Jo, Beth, dan Amy. Dan, membaca Good Wives semakin mene
OMG! How could Louisa May Alcott do this? How could she ruin Jo like this?
Okay, so Good Wives is a lot like Little Women. We find out how the girls change as they grow up unfortunately the change is not for the best. Beth dies, Meg becomes a mom, Amy grows up to be the beloved of everyone and Jo, the wild, lively Jo is turned into a model of domestication and marries a freaking forty year old man!!!!This is unfair. Why did the author do this to Jo? I always thought Jo should marry Laurie and it
Aug 29, 2011 Stef rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Stay away. Stay far, far away.
This book took all that was good about Little Women and crushed it, grinding the sharp pieces of my despair right in my face. It's so bad I can't pick up Little Women without remembering this book and knowing that everything I read is a filthy lie and that all happiness shall soon cease to exist.

I want to purge my memory of Good Wives, but I can't. I wish I'd never read it. If I had a time machine I'd go back in time and slap this book out of my own twelve year old hands. And once that was done
Kristy Drážovská
Nemám slov... Dokonalá kniha od dokonalej autorky. Nikdy neoľutujem, že som sa dostala k čítaniu týchto kníh a viem, že sa k nim ešte mnoho krát vrátim.
Melanie Goetz
This second part to Alcott's famous Little Women is often published together with the first part. I can see why one wouldn't, however. While the first book relates how the March sisters grow into responsible young women, the second one is set 3 years later and mainly focuses on their relationships and eventual marriages. It's hard to fault a book titled Good Wives for being about, well, wives - but much of the charm of the original story came from the sisters interaction with each other and ...more
Awww I want to read the next book that is all about Jo! I loved Good wives and definitely preferred it to little women. It had more finesse as a book. I loved that it didn't obviously teach lessons compared to how they did in little women. I loved all the characters more. I was sad i didn't see a lot of Mr Laurence this time. I was super happy for Meg who out of all the sisters seemed to have the most straight forward romance. I was glad the Jo realized that you could be in love and still be you ...more

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and engaging, and very well described. You can sympathize and love every one of them.
Though there were so many main characters, Louisa May Alcott uses the omniscient point of view very well. The setting was wonderful and strong. The description was vivid and delightful.
The stories often seemed to be only meant to teach the reader a lesson, and they were heavily imbued with the morals of the author. Usually at the end of each chapt
Siobhan Kemp
I've no doubt that the unsatisfying ending is to blame for all the one- and two-star reviews this book is getting. I agree with those sentiments, but for a reason a little less shallow than just "omg Jo and Laurie should be together!" It's not that the romantic inside of me doesn't want that*, it's just that I don't think that that's the critique we should be indulging. Like, I /wanted/ Sirius Black to stay alive in Harry Potter - that doesn't mean he should've, or that the book was bad because ...more
” Aku mencintaimu semenjak aku mengenalmu,Jo: tidak bisa menahannya, kamu begitu baik kepadaku. Aku sudah mencoba menunjukkannya, tapi kamu tidak mengizinkanku”
”Oh, kamu mau kemana?” Tanya Jo
”Ketemu setan ” Jawab Laurie

Tidak lama waktu yang dibutuhkan untuk menuntaskan buku ini. Masalahnya justru ada dibagian membuat review. Banyak hal-hal indah yang menyentuh hati. Hingga bingung bagaimana harus menguraikan isi buku ini. Sebaiknya tinggalkan review ini,segera membeli agar bisa mengerti makna da
This is an interesting look into the era in which it was written. Reading it now does make it seem to be anti-feminist, and I suppose in a way it is, but in saying that, it is a snapshot of female life during the 1860s. I can't say I agree with Louisa May Alcott's vision, but hell, I can't say I agree with a lot of literature written and published in 1869.

Something I've noticed is that this book and Anne of Green Gables have a similar style. While the book does flow well, each chapter is like it
Ava Black
Ho dato 4 stelline ma in realta' sarebbero 4 e mezzo.
Naturalmente, avevo gia' sentito parlare di Piccole Donne ed i suoi seguiti ma non avevo mai letto Good Wives ( in italiano " Piccole donne crescono" ) ma, dopo aver visto la versione del 1994 del film Piccole Donne, mi sono decisa a tuffarmi in questa lettura perche' nel film mi era piaciuta moltissimo Jo March. Qui e' ancora meglio! Le 4 stelline sono principalmente per Jo, protagonista induscussa di questa saga al femminile che in quattro v
[spoilers up ahead! though i advice you to read them so maybe they can convince you to never read good wives]
im so happy this book is over, beccause this little book gave me so much heartaches, headaches and agony i couldn't bear to read it more than a chapter at a time and it took ages to finish.
though it wasn't my first time reading this book it still striked me as much as the first time.
i remember when i was 11-12, i loved little wemon with all my heart -though not a favorite book- it still h
Ini adalah sekuel dari Little Women karya Louisa May Alcott. Disini kita akan kembali bertemu dengan keempat gadis March. Sebenarnya ceritanya sudah bisa ditebak, ya tentu saja berputar pada kehidupan gadis-gadis March, pemuda Laurie dan Profesor Bhaer. Namun dalam buku kedua ini, sepertinya Alcott menggali lebih jauh apa yang terjadi dengan kehidupan mereka, khususnya setelah Meg dan Amy menikah. Lalu, apakah Jo akan menikah dengan Bhaer? Mudah ditebak juga. Yang menyedihkan adalah ketika kemat ...more
Saya tidak begitu menikmati buku ini seperti Little Women. Ceritanya sebenarnya tidak jauh beda dengan volume pertama. Tapi mungkin karena gadis-gadis March tidak lagi anak-anak, cerita ini kehilangan suasana polos dan riang. Hal tersebut yang membuat saya merasa berat membaca buku ini.

Mungkin ini hanya saya. Saya begitu menyukai keceriaan masa kecil yang disuguhkan oleh Little Women, dan mengharapkan akan menemukan hal tersebut pada Good Wives. Sepertinya saya melupakan konsentrasi buku i
Jess Swann
Un second tome beaucoup plus plaisant que le premier selon moi, dans le sens où il est tout de même allégé en leçons de morale... J'ai aimé que l'auteur nous fasse grâce des années précédant le mariage et retrouver Meg au bras de John. Les scènes sur les débuts de leur mariage sont très bien rendues et vivantes.
Sur les parents March, j'ai toujours autant de mal avec leurs sermons, Marmee a tendance à m'agacer. En vérité la seule qui me divertit vraiment, c'est Amy. Sans foncièrement renier ses
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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