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The Courtship of Jo March: A Variation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women

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It’s the classic story of four sisters we’ve come to love, and yet we can’t help but wonder. Why did Jo refuse Laurie? What might Laurie have done on the European Grand Tour? What became of Jo’s writing, Amy’s art, Laurie’s music? Would a school have existed without Aunt March? And could Beth possibly have been saved?

This re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is
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Paperback, Extended Edition, 385 pages
Published December 5th 2016
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Tarissa
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been one to ask yourself what life could have been like for Jo March if she hadn't refused her beloved Teddy? If she hadn't made the marital choice she did? I have thought about it. Apparently, Trix Wilkins has too, so I know I'm not alone in this mindset. In fact, Wilkins has published a beautiful story, one that appends on the Little Women story we cherish, and (I can't be spoiling anything here...) changes the ending.

Honestly, the novel starts out with a prologue that reads
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abjv
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
As much as I adored Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" as a girl, I couldn't understand many of the choices she made with her characters - Why didn't Laurie try harder? Did he try harder for Amy simply because she was beautiful? Why did Jo accept Fritz?

I honestly walked away from the original books feeling that the outside mattered more than what was within; Jo - wonderful, witty, warm - was so much lovelier than I was, and yet somehow not worth the bruised pride. And while I warmed up to Fritz
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Joanne
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book - it was hard to put down.
I liked Little Women since school, but never felt that the ending fit; it seemed a little 'out of character'. This new ending, sat much better and I felt that I could really see the characters choosing this path. The joy, loss, hard times, pains when one does not feel worthy of another, and then finding love and grace touched my heart. There were also plenty of laughs along the way!
sara carbonara
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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i have finally found the peace i've been searching for since i was 12...take that, louisa u jerk
Emma
If, like me, you've longed for the ending to Little Women to have gone differently, this story is for you. Not only does the author allow us a deeper exploration into Jo, Beth, and Laurie's personalities and potential, but she does so staying true to the tone and language of the original. The prose is a blend of LMA and Austen, and works incredibly well in righting the wrong that many feel was done to the characters by mismatched pairings at the end of Little Women. The way the March sisters and ...more
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I was pleased to discover The Courtship Of Jo March not long after my readings of the original Little Women and March by Geraldine Brooks. Wilkins story complements the other two beautifully and I appreciated the care she has taken to mirror Alcott's own evocative writing. Jo March is most definitely the same determined young woman and I love that acerbic Aunt March gets her fair share of our attention too. The Courtship is, as its title
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smque
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
JUST DISCOVERED THIS BOOK'S EXISTENCE TODAY AND BOUGHT IT, ABT TO READ IT AND IM SO READY FOR THIS

update: FINISHED THE BOOK! It has filled a gap in my soul that was torn out by the original ending. I have been haunted by the original ending for years, and now that ghost can be put somewhat to rest. I am satisfied and I thank the author a hundred times for writing this book. Whilst it isn't, of course, one hundred percent the personal fantasy I had for an alternative ending, I understand that
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NovElla
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It was well written and cohesive. The writing felt consistent with the historical period and with most of Alcott’s descriptions, excluding some minor changes. As a fan of the original Little Women story, including the ending, I still loved this variation. The Jane Austen references were a fun surprise to find!
May
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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this is extremely important to me
Andrea Lundgren
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Review:I read an earlier version of this story on the author's blog, so when I heard it was getting expanded and revised, I eagerly looked forward to the new edition. Like any author's attempt to write with the pen of another, the book has its challenges, but overall it was quite enjoyable. So here's a closer look (please keep in mind that I've read almost all of Alcott's novels, so I'm hardly an unbiased reviewer, though I do have some quibbles about how she handled Little Women, as noted ...more
Jennifer
I feel bad giving 3 stars, because I really, really wanted to love this book. I mean, those of us who found this book were actively seeking it out for a reason. We all desperately wanted to see Jo end up with Laurie after reading Little Women! With that in mind, the temptation to read this book was too strong. I was hoping it would replace that lost part of my soul after Louisa May Alcott shattered my shipping dreams. Alas, it fell a bit short.

When I first started reading this book, I was
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Andrew Scott
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A most amazing book and I was genuinely surprised. My wife had wanted me to read this book as she had said it was worth reading and she was right.
This book made me laugh audibly in parts as I read the well-crafted dialogue. And it certainly evoked emotions in me and challenged me to think about what happiness is.
Going into this book I had not expected too much and initially was obliging my wife. The more I read the more I got caught up in the world of late 1800's New England. This book had a
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Lauren
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
An interesting take on the story of Little Women but it wasn't my cup of tea. While I do think the story of Beth was interesting and I do like how they showed that even the gentlest of people can mourn greatly, the actual story of Jo and Laurie bored me. Their characters were dull and didn't grow - they spent the entire novel yearning for each other. I'm a bit confused as well because Jo spent the entire first half of the book saying that she would never marry him and then once he proposed ...more
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed the first half of the book but then I felt like the pacing was too slow and that there were some unnecessary scenes during the second half, however I liked the story overall and I’m so happy to finally read a version where Jo and Laurie end up together
Daniel
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
haven't read little women but was still able to enjoy this book. brilliant little romance and a pleasure to read
Isabella
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Yay! Finally an alternate ending to Little Women. Loved it! ...more
HEATHER WILKINS
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In The Courtship of Jo March, Trix Wilkins presents us with an alternate ending to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. The characters and setting are essentially the same, even the language reflects the original. However, our favourite characters all undergo life changes that will satisfy the loyalist of readers.
The focus, of course is on Jo March and her relationship with Theodore Laurance. His rejection by Jo sets him on a new course, to win her heart. But he is not the only one seeking Jo. She
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Trix has always longed for an Austen-esque ending to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. When not indulging in rewriting fictional history, she cares for her two children and tends to avoid housekeeping by going ice skating – or on dates with her husband (when they can find babysitting!). She holds degrees in journalism and international relations from Sydney University and Macquarie University, and ...more
“For that is what you are, that is who you are – you are an author. You cannot cease to write any more than you can cease to breathe...This difficult season will pass – your eyes and mind will inevitably be opened once more to the wealth of ideas all around you...And even if the ideas around you fall short of what you seek – even if, as you say, you have not the heart to write… perhaps it is your heart you ought to write of. - Laurie to Jo, on writing” 3 likes
“There are no words that can be said to justify the beauty of a bride walking down the aisle in anticipation of sharing the rest of her life with the man she esteems and loves the most, nor of the look on that man’s face, when he beholds the one who will be entrusting her life to him to protect and her heart for him to love. All that can be said is that all who witnessed it found themselves overwhelmed with the joy that comes with seeing that one moment when all feels and is as it should be.” 2 likes
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