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Good Wives (Little Women #1, part 2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  17,017 Ratings  ·  483 Reviews
Three years after the close of Little Women, the March girls, four of the most beloved young women in American literature, are young adults carving out their futures. John Brooke is home and planning a life with Meg, despite his modest financial situation. The other girls see promises of fulfillment ahead as well, as they grow and develop a certain amount of independence. ...more
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Published October 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1868)
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Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
The March girls are all grown up and ready to throw away all their individuality and aspirations so that they can please their penniless but 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 tear-jerkingly boring and terrifically poor tutor, and lives with him to do his bidding and fret about h
Tatiana Khaykina
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Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho appena finito di leggere piccole donne crescono. Meraviglioso! A parte i due episodi di Meg moglie e mamma, che mi hanno fatto all’inizio storcere il naso, ma poi fortunatamente si sono ripresi, ho adorato questo libro. L’ho trovato meno moralista del precedente. Le sorelle che affrontano i primi tormenti amorosi e non, mi hanno tenuto incollata alle pagine. Ho pianto (davvero non me lo aspettavo) e ho riso di gusto e sopratutto il mio cuore si è riempito di amore. Bellissimo davvero. Alcune ...more
The Book Queen
I love this book. I mean, the fact that I've read it five times now does say something about how I much I love it...
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, strictly speaking this book is part of Little Women, so I should not treat this as a different book.

What I would add to my review of Little Women is that as the girls are growing up, the horizon is broadening (or in some of their cases, shrinking) so we see more of the outside world and are offered a bigger chunk of society around them, if not by much. This and also the character development makes it more interesting and while still occasionally didactic, it advocates valid, true values ne
Sara Jesus
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
Se não estou em erro faz 5 ou 6 anos que li "Mulherzinhas". O li numa altura fundamental da minha vida, naquela fase que deixamos de ser meninas para nos tornarmos mulheres. Gostaria de naquela altura também ter lido este livro... Pois o acho ainda melhor que o primeiro!

Adoro a família March. Mrs March é uma mulher encantadora que dá sempre bons conselhos as suas filhas. Beth, a mais novas das irmãs, é a mais adorável mas infelizmente não tem um final feliz... Jo é a mais inteligente e independe
Sep 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
[Spoilers up ahead! Though I advice you to read them so maybe they can convince you to never read good wives]

I'm so happy this book is over, because 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 struck me as much as the first time.
I remember when I was 11-12, I loved little women with all my heart -though not a favorite book- It still h
Leonor (Ner)
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Aug 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Maria João
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
9,5 de 10*

Ao contrário de “Mulherzinhas”, pouco me lembrava da história de “Boas Esposas” o que tornou esta leitura quase como uma estreia para mim. E foi uma excelente “quase estreia”. Depois do sucesso de “Mulherzinhas”, Louisa May Alcott decidiu dar continuidade à familia March e ainda bem que o fez!

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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
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfida-classici
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.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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کتاب همسران خوب رو بعد گذشت حدودا 15 سال از خوندن کتاب اول (زنان کوچک) امروز تموم کردم. فکر میکردم چون بعد چند سال دارم جلد دوم شو میخونم، از این کتاب لذت نمیبرم ولی جالبه که از خوندنش دقیقا اندازه کتاب اول لذت بردم. و حین خوندن، ماجراهای زنان کوچک شیطنت هاشون و دنیای کودکی دوباره برام زنده شد. ولی یه جاهایی توضیحات اخلاقی و نصیحت های نویسنده حوصله سر بر میشد ولی بازم قابل قبول بود.
I finally read this childhood favorite of mine in its original language and though some of the magic had disappeared due to getting older and knowing the plot, I enjoyed stepping into the lives of the lovely March sisters again. I noticed quite many things that bothered me, but for most of them I can blame the time Louisa May Alcott lived and wrote during, of course things were different then, peoples attitudes and expectations. And nothing can tarnish the nostalgia I feel for this story -it had ...more
Paula Vince
To start with, I could hardly figure out whether I should write a review or a blog post about author intrusion. Alcott lapses so easily into her own personal musings about her characters' strengths and weaknesses, sometimes taking up pages of text. These days, publishers and editors warn authors to cut out their subjective opinions and let readers make up their own minds. Lucky for Louisa she lived in the nineteenth century then. If she wasn't allowed to tell us how to direct our thoughts, the b ...more
Ayu Palar
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ayu by: Sherien
Shelves: classics
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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
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, classic
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
Brona's Books
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Good Wives is a more mature read than Little Women, reflecting the becoming-adult themes of the girls. It's ripe with births, deaths and marriages. The natural joys and sorrows of lives well-lived.

Comings and goings and personal freedom versus familial duty are all explored by Alcott.

Gainful employment, purpose and sensibility rule the lives of the March family.

It's hard not to admire these girls and to feel a better person for having walked a small way in their shoes. Their goodness may stick i
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say that I'm disappointed..... So why did I give this book 5 stars?

Well, since I loved Little Women, I had to give this book 5 stars; however, this is literally the exact same book (word for word) as the second half of Little Women - so I am super disappointed.

I thought that this book would be a new story - a more in depth look at the March women in their married lives, but instead I got a complete repetition of the second half of a book that I have already read.... Bummer!
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Louisa May Alcott's classic sequel to Little Women.

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Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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“Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.” 151 likes
“...Meg learned to love her husband better for his poverty, because it seem to have made a man of him, giving him the strength and courage to fight his own way, and taught him a tender patience with which to bear and comfort the natural longings and failures of those he loved.” 45 likes
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