Review: The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
Bronson Alcott was a philosopher and free-thinker who didn’t believe in working. He and his family often relied on the charity of others, so they were happy to live in an uncle’s house in Walpole, New Hampshire for the summer of 1855. While they were there, Louisa met Joseph Singer and just as she started to think of a future with him, she discovered that his father had other ideas for his son’s future.
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees is a must read for every Louisa May Alcott fan! The story is a work of fiction, but many of the historical details are true. I found them to be fascinating! I loved Louisa and her independent spirit and have to admit that I wasn’t too fond of Bronson, her father. He had lofty ideals that he wasn’t willing to compromise even though his family suffered because of them. I felt for his family – especially his wife. I wanted her to leave him but realized that wasn’t really an option for women at the time.
The writing of this book is solid and compelling – I was always anxious to get back to it whenever I had to put it down. The story McNees has imagined is plausible and has piqued my interest in the time period and in the Alcott family. I loved The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and think it will appeal to a wide range of readers – those who love women’s fiction and historical fiction as well as fans of Little Women. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up!
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