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Meg and Jo

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,926 ratings  ·  425 reviews
The timeless classic Little Women inspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.

The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Berkley
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Virginia I'm still writing Beth & Amy's story, but my publisher is hoping to get it out this year. I'll be sure to post as soon as we have a firm on sale…moreI'm still writing Beth & Amy's story, but my publisher is hoping to get it out this year. I'll be sure to post as soon as we have a firm on sale date. Thanks for asking!(less)
Virginia Hi, Hilary, (SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD! Except it's in the excerpt from Beth & Amy in the back of Meg and Jo, so it's not too big a surprise.)

Hi, Hilary, (SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD! Except it's in the excerpt from Beth & Amy in the back of Meg and Jo, so it's not too big a surprise.)

Amy's chapter begins, "It's always a mistake to sleep with a man who's in love with your sister. Even in Paris. Even if they'd broken up again--for good this time, he said. Even though I'd been in love with him since I was eleven years old."

So figuring out what she wants and can have (and come clean to her sisters) is a big part of her story.

Thanks for asking!


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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Did somebody write the retelling of my all-time favorite book? Oh, yes, it is true. So what I’m waiting for to dive in! CHRISTMAS WON’T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT MARCH SISTERS!

That was the worst decision I’ve made to decide reading retelling of my all-time favorite story which means so much to me. It won’t be wrong if I admit I was raised by reading “Little Women” because first time I have gotten my hands on this precious, marvelous, heart-warming classic I was only 9! And of course I watched its
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
4 Stars for this Charming Contemporary Retelling of a Beloved Classic!

Virginia Kantra has reimagined Little Women and brought it to life with a modern day spin that I was so excited about as a fan of the original book. She found a way to remain true to the spirit of the classic revolving around family while making the characters modern and a bit more relatable to newer audiences. I mean Jo is a blogger - I loved that!!!

The traditional gender roles were still very much front & center and
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ooh la la! A contemporary retelling of Little Women, one of my favorite childhood classics, had me all in!

The March sisters we all know and love are here. Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth. Jo heads off to New York to study journalism, but her career takes a nosedive.

Meg is taking the “safe” route with the life she has always planned and dreamed of- as a wife and mother. She has it all, and she knows it, but somehow she still feels lacking?

Their mother falls ill and all the sisters return home to North
/ 5

Full disclosure, I read Little Women a very long time ago and honestly don't remember much about it, but that didn't stop me from loving Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra!

I listened to the majority of the book on audio and I really loved the narrators. I ended up listening at 1.75 speed which was apparently perfect, and their voices were still very understandable. The narrators were both amazing, but I especially love the voices Meg's narrator did for her twins. I would gladly listen to either
A delightful modern retelling of the beloved classic “Little Women”. Virginia Kantra Took on the tough task of taking this cherished classic and giving it a modern feel and I think she did a remarkable job of it. Admittedly I read LW over 35 years ago and if I’m being honest I’m not even certain I finished it. I think the fact I do not hold the original in high esteem really allowed me to appreciate this book on its own. Retellings can be tricky you have to honor the original while making the ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
A retelling featuring the March sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The two older sisters, Meg and Jo, are the focus of this novel. Meg is living a picture perfect life as a stay-at-home mother. Jo is living in New York working as a cook and food blogger. When their mother gets ill, the sisters step in to help out.

Told from the alternating points of view of Meg and Jo. They live completely different lives, but both women want to be there for their family. A modern tale of family, life, romance,
Jenny (Reading Envy)
A modern day retelling of Little Women, partially (there is an upcoming novel called Beth & Amy that I'm sure will advance the story.) - I have to be honest when I say I never gave Meg one moment of thought, always seeing Jo as the central character, so Meg's story was interesting to me with her epic sense of responsibility. Jo's story was also interesting as a food blogger in NYC, with a pretty memorable love scene, but it was a little hard for me to think of the March sisters as anything ...more
“Meg and Jo” by Virginia Kantra is a beautiful story inspired by Little Women, a well beloved classic tale. With the holidays upon us, a lovely retelling is just what is needed.

The story is told in two Point of Views between Meg and Jo. This time, the March sisters are all grown up and pursuing their separate dreams and aspirations. Jo ends up in New York City, a struggling journalist who is now trying her best to survive living in the city by working in a restaurant and at the same time
A modern retelling of Little Women, MEG AND JO looks at the four March sisters in present day. We have Meg, a mom of twins, married to a man who works at a car dealership. Jo, an aspiring writer, who works in New York City at a restaurant and writes a food blog. Their sisters, Beth and Amy, flit in the background--Beth is pursuing her musical dreams and Amy is chasing fashion in Paris. But when the girls' stalwart mom gets sick, they must come home for the holidays to help at the family farm. ...more
Jessica | Booked J
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

While loving Little Women isn't necessarily a personality trait, you can't tell me that. My love of this classic knows no bounds. The older I get, the more fond of it I grow. I am very protective of it, but I am also also intrigued by retellings of the story of the
Jamie Beck
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I confess, I went in to Meg & Jo with very little need for it to "match up" with the classic novel on which it is based because--don't thrash me--I was never a Little Women superfan (read it eons ago and honestly only recall the basics). Therefore, my comments are not at all based upon a comparison of the two. That said, Virginia Kantra works her magic in this wonderfully warm story of family--more specifically of sisterly bonds and expectations, of love and duty, and of forgiveness (of ...more
3.5 stars. I loved seeing how Kantra put her own spin on a Little Women inspired story, and I thought Meg and Jo were both really relatable too.
In the 150th year since Little Women was originally published, we get a fresh, modern take on Louisa May Alcott's endearing classic about the four March sisters. I've already enjoyed this author's books for her thoughtful way of writing a romance and not being afraid to dig deep into deeper subject matter so I was curious to see what she could do with a modern retelling.

Meg and Jo is the title, but also the focus on the oldest two March sisters who alternate the narration every other chapter
Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra is a modern reimagining of Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott. Little Women is my absolute favorite book which is why I was curious about Meg and Jo. I wanted to see how an author would modernize this treasured classic. Let me state that this was a mistake on my part. I wish I had looked up the author and noticed that she writes romance novels. This book focuses on Meg and Jo. It is told from their perspectives in alternating chapters. Jo still wishes to write, but ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I finished this book in one day, and I’m dying for the next one already.

I love Little Women. All of the movie versions are amazing. I have so many good memories regarding this story, and I knew I was going to have to read this book as soon as it was shown to me in the library app.

This is modern retelling. Jo is a food blogger and Meg is a stay at home mom. Their parents are still married. Their dad works as a minister with veterans and he’s gone all of the time. Their mom gets sick, and Meg is
Brandy Painter
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

I'm giving this four stars because I love Kantra's writing style so much and for the parts of the book that resonated so deeply. Tackling a much beloved classic is never easy. You are not going to be able to please everyone who loves the original. There were some things I loved about this. Some things that were just fine. And a couple things I didn't like at all. The things I'm not crazy about though are more of a concern for the next book and didn't stop my liking this one.

What I Loved:
It's probably been twenty years or more since I read Little Women, so I wasn't sure how this was going to go for me. And I liked it (in particular I was shocked how much I liked Jo's romance because I actively don't like it in the original), but the stuff between the March parents was a choice I didn't love? By all means, I think authors need to make bold choices when adapting works, but taking what I think I remember as a solid, supportive marriage and turning it into the fraught mess that this ...more
This is one of those books I'll have to come back and read again. Because while I totally loved the story of modern Meg and Jo, I couldn't stop thinking about Little Women and this book isn't Little Women. It's like taking the characters and some of their personality traits and setting them in a different world, different time period, and almost different people. It's still a great story, but if you're still stuck in the 19th century then all you can see are its flaws and that's never fair.

Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
Modern day Little Women. Mostly about Meg and Jo but Amy and Beth make their appearances as well. Meg is much like her mother, handling the household single handedly while her husband works hard to bring in the money. Jo is living in New York, working at a restaurant to make ends meet after losing her writing job. Will a flirtation with the famous chef ruin everything? Are Meg and Jo truly happy? Are they living their lives by someone else’s plans, or is this really want they want?

Confession: I
My problems with this novel probably have less to do with the novel and more to do with me. Had I realized that Kantra was a Romancer author, I probably wouldn’t have picked this up, because I am not particularly fond of romances, and that’s definitely what this is. Fans of the Hallmark channel will love this book, with its nostalgic retelling of one of the most beloved American children’s books, Little Women. Kantra takes the March family out of 19th Century New England and plops them down in ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Meg & Jo starts with a fantastic premise and goes downhill. From the title you might think that this book focuses mainly on Meg and Jo, and you'd be right. But the synopsis made me think this book was going to focus on all of the sisters. So before you embark, just know that it is going to primarily focus on Meg & Jo and you won't know too much about Amy and Beth. Since I
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I must start this review by stating I've never read Little Women (I know, gasp), but I have purchased a copy with the intention of reading it . Because I have not read the first book I had the advantage of not comparing the two while reading this one. I enjoyed Kantra's ability to write completely flawed, but still enjoyable characters that a wide variety of readers will be able to relate to. I read this as part of a buddy read and that's the only reason it took me two sittings to finish this ...more
Kailey (kmc_reads)
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars RTC- thanks to the publisher for my free copy.

A good sibling story, even though it’s basically a copy cat of Little Women. I don’t think I’d tell you that you HAVE to read this one, but I enjoyed it. If it’s already on your radar and you liked LW, maybe give it a try. If you already have a super long TBR and lots of others you want to read, I think you’d be okay to skip.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2019, retelling
"Meg and Jo" is a contemporary retelling of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women." "Little Women" is definitely one of my favorite classics. I love the story of sisterhood that it represents and that sisterhood is such a universal theme that it still resonates all these years later and still inspires retellings like this book! Holiday season is often comfort read season for me and this book definitely fit that bill!

In this retelling, Jo has left her small North Carolina town for the grandeur of New
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
This is a modern-day retelling of the literary classic, Little Women. In this version, Meg is a married, stay-at-home mom with twins, and Jo is working as a line cook at a restaurant while she waits for her food blogging career to take off. When their mother gets sick, they both have to return home to North Carolina to help her out. (Their two younger sisters are only minimally featured in the story, but I hear there’s a sequel coming next year that focuses on them.)

I’ve never read Little Women
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-arcs, 2019
I am sad to say that the only time I have ever had anything to do with the classic book Little Women was watching the movie. I had only ever watched the original 1933 film many years ago. I did not love the movie, but parts of it did stand out, and I had that in mind when I jumped into this book. And I think that by not knowing much about the classic novel, this was a much more likable read for me.

I am happy to say that I loved this book much more than I did the film. The author updated it
Robin Loves Reading
The four March girls have grown up and it is modern times. That is how Meg and Jo is written for voracious readers of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Considering that the classic is my all-time favorite book which I have read several times, I was eager to get a different take on the book.

I must admit to being less than enthused. It is a "cute" story, and Meg and Jo are featured in this retelling. But, I guess I wanted the warm and inviting read every time I open the pages of Little Women.
Carol (Reading Ladies)
In this retelling of Little Women, the March family home is in North Carolina, U.S.A. The girls are young adults and living on their own. Meg is married to John and they have young twins; Jo is working as a sous chef in New York and writing an anonymous food blog; Beth is taking a break from school and trying out for a musical; and Amy is working in the fashion industry and traveling abroad. Mr. March is an absentee husband and father who cares more about his ministry and charity work than ...more
Shawna (what.shawna.reads)
Meg & Jo is a modern, partial retelling of Little Women. I have never read or watched Little Women and only have the vaguest idea of what it's about so I don't have that for a point of comparison. (But can anyone tell me if their dad was really that awful in the original?)

This is a hugely character driven novel, which I don't normally like, but the writing was absolutely amazing. The story is told in alternating chapters between Meg's and Jo's point of view. Since it takes place from roughly
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New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of thirty books of women's fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.

Meg and Jo (December 2019), a contemporary novel inspired by the classic story Little Women, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and was a People Magazine pick.

Her stories have earned numerous awards
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