The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees returns to the summer of 1855, when vivacious Louisa May Alcott is twenty-two and bursting to free herself from family and societal constraints and do what she loves most. Stuck in sma...more
Though the central story of Louisa’s romance with Joseph Singer during the summer of 1855 in Walpole, New Hampshire, is a ...more
This is one of those books. I don't care how mu ...more
Louisa, exhausted from years of poverty, ...more
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kelly O'Connor McNees needs to brace herself for the storm of praise she will soon be smothered with. I received an advance copy of Lost Summer on Friday and read it by Saturday, I could not put it down.
Kelly builds a believable scenario about a person that I have held in incredibly high regard since I was a young girl, writer of Little Women Louisa May Alcott. Lost Summer revolves around one summer when the A ...more
Within this context, the author combines fact and fiction in a fascinating way to tell a story of a romance during one summer when the Alcotts were living ...more
As we know, Louisa never married, and yet so much of her life was borrowed for the stories in Little Women. Who was the real Laurie? This book poses the question, what if he were real, and what if they were in love? What would have happened that prevented or stopped them from getting married?
The result is this novel, rich in hist ...more
If it's summer
If you want to catch up with the cast of Little Women and March
If you want a break from violence and angst and anger. No wars! (The Civil War is yet to be in this book.)
I was going to say if you wanted a break from politics too, but the father here is a real piece of work. He was basically against everything except thinking deep thoughts. Can you imagine not having food for a family of 6, a neighbor gives you some pork from a pig that had to be put dow ...more
Well, I did finish it -- it was a very satisfactory ending and a delightful book! I highly recommend it.
Within all of these works, there always seemed to be a slip of Louisa shining through, but I never real ...more
This is a historical novel about Louisa May Alcott, part fiction and part based on research by the debut author Kelly O'Connor McNees. It is a gentle and old fashioned tale filled with colorful characters that came as a welcome break from the Holocaust/WWII books I just finished reading. There ...more
I can still remember sitting in the back seat of my parents' car when I was twelve years old, driving to North Carolina for my first look at snow. I was consumed with Little Women - I knew from that moment that I would always love reading. Jo's character was so admirable to me: strong, smart, focused, independent. She was everything that I could see myself wanting to be.
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott provided a spectacular glimpse at the author that broug ...more
This book is a "what if" account of the supposed "lost summer" of author Louisa May Alcott. The story begins in 1855 as the Alcott family moves to Walpole, New Hampshire after a relative offers them a home for the summer (Louisa's transcendentalist father Branwell had a rather unique view of working/sponging off of others for a living). Louisa meets Joseph Singer and Joseph *courts* her quietly - that is until his father drops ...more