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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
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Berkley
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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!
BUT…

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
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Berit☀️✨
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
Alexa
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.
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
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Nursebookie
“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
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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
Kristina
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
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
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Heather
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
Sophia
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
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USOM
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
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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.
Tiffany
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
Chelsea Hofmann
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
First of all, I want to say thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for this ARC. Little Women was one of my favorite stories as a child, so getting a chance to get an alternative perspective on them was so fun and fresh! My sister and I would pretend to be Meg and Jo, and our cousins would pretend to be Beth and Amy. We even called each other by the names and just had a blast!

On to the book! Much like in the classic telling, Meg has it all together. She has the perfect husband, the great
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Rachel McMillan
This book has shades of Little Women indeed but can also work as a highly readable and warmly written romance on its own.


While book two will focus on Amy and Beth, we have the central friendship and grown-up lives of Meg and Jo featured here. Kantra focuses on the limitations of recalibrating romance in the marriage of John and Meg who solidly love each other while learning to live within the reality of recalculated expectations and busy with their twins. I confess that this portion of the
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Deborah
Nov 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary egalley of MEG & JO by Virginia Kantra. Thank you to Berkeley Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review!

MEG & JO brings the March sisters from LITTLE WOMEN into the modern day. The book opens with one scene with the girls as children talking to their father who is off to war, but then quickly jumps to modern day with the girls all grown up and out of the house. The book focuses in on Meg and Jo, but there are appearances from Beth and Amy and
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Lindsey
Meg and Jo is a modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, Little Women. After seeing the trailer for the new movie remake coming out Christmas 2019, I was really in the mood for some classic Little Woman nostalgia. This book lived up to expectations in certain ways, while falling short in others. Let me elaborate.

Meg and Jo is told in alternating POVs between (well, duh) Meg and Jo. I enjoyed that Kantra kept the same general structure for each sister while updating their specific
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Cheryl
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I grew up reading Little Women. It is a classic book. Of course, I have also watched the different movie versions as well. My favorite is the one with Wynonna Rider, Claire Danes, and Susan Sarandon. So, it was a little hard for me in the beginning to separate myself from the imagines of the March sisters as I knew and loved them growing up.

In this book, the March sisters are living in a modern world. Meg is married to John caring for her twins, DJ and Daisy. Than there is Jo. She is a blogger
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Kassy MacPherson
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give this book a 4.5 star rating. This novel was delightful. This is a “feel good” novel about sisters with a little mix of love in between. It is loosely based on the novel “Little Women.” As the title indicates, the books two main characters are both the sisters, Meg and Jo. Meg is a mother who has been married, whereas Jo is dating in NYC.
Meg struggles with real world problems including being a mother, taking care of her own mother, and being a wife. Jo is a food blogger who is dating.
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Randi (randi_reads)
A modern day retelling of Little Women but just about Meg and Jo (Amy and Beth's story is to come!). I have never read Little Women, but know the story. I enjoyed this story of the two sisters.

Jo left North Carolina for New York City, working as a line cook in a fancy restaurant and as a food blogger. She starts a relationship with Eric, the chef at the restaurant, which conflicts with her blogging.

Meg is the oldest and the one most like her mother. She is married to a perfect man, John, who
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Jennifer
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Elise Nodar
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, easy read. I wasn't a huge fan of the first half (both Meg and Jo annoyed me) but the second half saved it. Little Women with a modern twist, it was a fun read and I enjoyed it.

I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Janet
When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing "cool" to do but reading sitting in front of the a/c as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. (Yes it is hot and humid in Canada!)

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

The timeless
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Falguni Kothari
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meg and Jo is an absolutely delightful, modern take Alcott's Little Women. The novel showcases the life of the elder two March sisters (as the title claims); both are adult now and dealing with their respective work, romance and domestic problems. The beauty of this novel is that while we are hurtled back into nostalgia and reintroduced to characters we've known and loved for decades, Kantra's treatment of it still manages to surprise. It felt like I was meeting my BFFs after twenty years and ...more
The Library Lady
Okay, Virginia Kantra, I've been reading Louisa May Alcott for many, many years. And you are no Louisa May Alcott. This book is not for the ages. Little girls will not read this book and then re-read it for the rest of their lives.
Besides,it's NOT for them, there is (horrified gasp)SEX in this book, though the scenes are pretty mild.

That said, if this had been straight chick-lit not based on any other book, I still might have read it. But since it IS a modern re-imagined "Little Women," let me
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Living My Best Book Life
Meg and Jo is a story about sisters coming together in tough times to realize how special their bond is. When I read that it is inspired by Little Women, I knew it would have to live up to a great story. I didn't want to rate this book based on how it related to the original so I vied Meg and Jo on its own.

I enjoyed reading Meg and Jo. It particularly focused on Meg and Jo and I loved getting to read from each one's perspective. Meg is the more put-together sister who seems to have a perfect
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BookTrib.com
What would the beloved characters from Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women be up to if their story took place today? That’s the premise behind the innovative Meg & Jo (Berkley) by Virginia Kantra.

The title marks the first foray into women’s fiction for Kantra, the New York Times bestselling author of over 30 novels spanning multiple genres. The book is a contemporary take on Little Women told through two of the four March sisters’ perspectives — reliable Meg and independent Jo.

Meg March
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Darla
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This modern retelling of a classic I hold in high esteem was better than I expected. Kantra is taking her time--giving us a book focusing on two girls at a time. Of course, all four girls are still a part of the narrative. Meg and Jo tell this story. Beth and Amy will get their turn next. I loved having our favorite supporting characters like John, Teddy (now Trey), Hannah, Professor Bhaer (now a world-famous chef), etc. in their new roles. Having Jo write a food blog was a fun, modern twist. As ...more
Chris Markley
This modern retelling of Little Women focuses on the stories of Meg and Jo. Meg still lives in their hometown and is trying to be the perfect wife and mother to twins but something is missing and she can't talk about it because she doesn't want to disappoint her family. Jo is an anonymous food blogger in New York City and works in a restaurant as she tries to get her writing career on track. When their mother is hospitalized Jo comes home to help. The hospitalization forces Meg and Jo to ...more
JenRaye
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, romance, fiction, 2019
3.5/5

Little Women adapted for the 21st Century. The first volume in this series focuses on the the relationships of the elder March girls...with family members, and with those outside the family. Their portrayals in this work were recognizable as the Meg and Jo readers know from Alcott's Little Women, just with more modern problems. Meg is married and has twins, DJ and Daisy. Jo has followed her dream to NYC, where she lives in a small studio apartment, and works to make ends meet in the kitchen
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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. Her stories have earned numerous awards including two Romance Writers of America's RITA (R) Awards, ten RITA nominations, and two National Readers' Choice Awards.

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