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Only Gossip Prospers

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In late 1875 Louisa May Alcott spent a winter in New York City. Her journals give a rough sketch of the people she met, the salons she attended and a few outings that she enjoyed. She intended to stay "until I am tired of it," but left abruptly in mid-January.

Filled with biographical references to Louisa's family, New Yorkers of the time and Alcott's literary works, Only
Paperback, 322 pages
Published October 16th 2019 by Pink Umbrella Books LLC
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Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, authentic-feeling portrait of Louisa May Alcott's life, post-Little Women.

Louisa takes a motherly, Marmee type of role in this saga. Wherever she treads, even in the giant sea of people in New York, she leaves an indelible mark on her very own hodgepodge set of little women around her.

Very well researched, in architecture, fashion, news of the day, etc. The fictional story is wound tightly around accurate historical facts. The fine details add flair to the story and make it seem
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, Interesting and Full of Surprises

It can easily be a semi-biographical novel of LMA and to the credits of the Author, at times, it feels as if LMA has written it herself, for the Author has got the voice of LMA perfectly; the sarcasm, the rage, the concern, the care; the motherly, sisterly, and friendly tone of LMA that could only be found in her letters and journals have been brought to the pages of a fiction novel beautifully.

The lurid subplots are filled with twists and turns which keeps
Connie Saunders
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Louisa May Alcott is the author of one of my favorite books, Little Women, and this book, Only Gossip Prospers, is a depiction of the time that Alcott spent in New York City after she had enjoyed great success with her masterpiece. Louisa is middle-aged when she decides to travel to New York City in 1875 and she encounters both the good and bad sides of this city. She is thrilled with the lights, the stores, and the plays but appalled to see orphaned children, apparently hungry and cold, thrust ...more
Eileen O'Finlan
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a lover of all things Alcott, the premise of this book intrigued me. I admit that I usually don't like fictionalized accounts of real people, but there have been a few exceptions and this is one of them. Tosiello did such an amazing job of writing in Louisa May Alcott's voice that it was easy to forget this book wasn't written by Alcott.

Though it is obvious that Tosiello has done her homework on Louisa, the Alcott family, several prominent New York personages, and the city itself, it never fe
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Only Gossip Prospers, author Lorraine Tosiello brings to life the story of Louisa May Alcott and her time in New York. Tosiello beautifully combines fact and fiction to depict a realistic version of this brilliant woman and a part of her life. And although this story is a mash up of fact and fiction, it’s written in a way that readers can come to better know the beloved Louisa May Alcott at the height of her fame after writing Little Women. This story has the vibe of other literary works writ ...more
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The book is a quick read — well researched so that there aren’t anachronisms pulling you out of the story (my biggest historical fiction pet peeve). I especially liked the medical history details sprinkled throughout. The characters are well drawn, and I enjoyed the plot twists.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had never been able to get through Little Women when I was young. So, I decided to read (actually listen to) Little Women before reading Only Gossip Prospers. I read Only Gossip Prospers in two days and could not put it down. The book reflects a real love for Alcott and her writing style. Reading the book made me appreciate Little Women (finally). Alcott was an extraordinary person from an incredible family. They were extremely charitable and just kind, sympathetic people. Louisa May Alcott wa ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me want to walk the NYC of the time and meet all these fascinating people. I loved the style of the author and often forgot that this story was based on actual facts and people!
I would recommend this book not only to LMA fans but also fans of NYC and it’s History.
Elisabeth Davis
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Attempts to write an Alcott novel and put Alcott at the center. Largely fails.
Patricia McBride
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read for Alcott fans!

I enjoyed the historical fiction about early century nyc. Great depiction of Louisa May Alcott and her quest to elevate women in society.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I am rating this book three stars according to my much more conservative rating system--in which only Little Women itself (and anything Jane Austen wrote) gets five stars. I genuinely enjoyed this novel and would highly recommend for Little Women fans everywhere. The author's passion for Louisa May Alcott and for New York City jumped off the page and made this a joy to read. The writing was clear and eloquent and evoked the time period for the novel's setting. I enjoyed the plot twists and turns ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
For as much as I love reading, especially reading classic literature and well written literature, you'd think I'd be a bigger fan of "Little Women." I have read it, but only once and I think I was probably too young because I found it boring. I did love the Winona Rider movie from the moment I saw it, and I have often thought I should read "Little Women" again. (I also love the movie of "The Inheritance," another Louisa May Alcott novel. But I've never read that book and feel I should.)

What doe
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
So first I would love to start off and say this book was given to me for an honest review on this tour and an honest review I will give. I don't just read every book that is thrown at me, as I would have too many books to read. So I only accept offers from authors who have books that genuinely interest me. I love anything Louisa May Alcott, so I knew I had to get my hands on this book as soon I was reached out too.

The author did a wonderful job pulling from the life of the famous author and mel
Janell Madison
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Only Gossip Prospers (A Novel of Louisa May Alcott in New York)” by Lorraine Tosiello

“Author Tosiello loved “Little Women” as a girl and has created a wonderful novel of Louisa May Alcott’s time in New York, as an adult and prominent author. Fans of “Little Women” will love this historical fiction novel, “Only Gossip Prospers.”- Green Gables Book Reviews

Louisa May Alcott is at the peak of her career and takes a trip for healing to New York. She looks forward to the theatre and all the wonderful
Ashley Moellinger
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW #4!: 5/5
Little Women fans! This should be your next read! Only Gossip Prospers: A Novel of Louisa May Alcott in New York is an absolutely beautiful homage to Louisa May Alcott and to New York City. One can tell when reading that @ltosiello_author did an incredible amount of research on her topics. Her descriptions of New York City in 1875 are so interestingly detailed that they make me wish I could go back in time! Through her writing, you can tell that Tosiello has a genuine admirat
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was so beautifully and .. I guess the word would be "intelligently" written. The style of writing was as Louisa May Alcott would have written it in the 19th century. It was about the few months that Ms. Alcott was in NYC after she wrote "Little Women," and told about the people she met and associated with during that time. The author states that fiction was 'mashed' with non-fiction but it was all based on fact with some fictional characters tossed into the story.

I learned
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gifted the book to read for a book blog tour. The book kept my interest, and reminded me of a Dickens novel if it were written by a woman and took place in America. I also had to keep reminding myself that the main character was Louisa the real author of Little Women, not her character Jo.
Dianna Kemper
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable look into Louisa May Alcott’s life.
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