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Good Wives (Penguin Popular Classics) [Paperback]

Louisa May Alcott
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26 July 2007 Penguin Popular Classics
When "Little Women" came to its last chapter Meg was engaged and the other three March girls, Beth, Jo and Amy, were at the threshold of young-womanhood. "Good Wives" opens three years later, with Meg and her family happily preparing for her marriage to John Brooke.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (26 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140621903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140621907
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 11.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Good Wives is a glorious weep-a-minute...a more complex narrative that follows each of the girls' journeys, real or metaphorical, away from the parental home Independent 'Six generations of readers have found in the story of the March family universal truths about girls, families and growing up' Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The sequel to Little Women - guaranteed to make you laugh and cry! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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IN order that we may start afresh, and go to Meg's wedding with free minds, it will be well to begin with a little gossip about the Marches. Read the first page
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Good Wives", a charming classic 12 Feb 2003
"Good Wives" is the delightful conclusion to "Little Women", in which all four girls of the March family find peace and happiness after work and effort.
I found it a lot more tragical than the first book,owing, I think, to the characters being older . Anyway, many parts of the book will make you beam with pleasure when, for example, you see how the March girls get over their faults and fight to improve.
Meg is now happily married, though she learns that nothing can be perfect; Jo is quite successful with her published written works, but she still has some important worries in her mind; Amy has turned into a graceful charming lady although Beth has yet no ambition.
Although it may make your eyes fill with tears, this book has also its happy moments and I'm sure you will learn many lessons that will turn very useful throughout your life.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic! 28 Oct 2000
By A Customer
I only read 'little women' latley to catch up on classics that I missed out on when i was small. When i had finished the book (and the box of tissues) I went online in hysterics to find out if there was any more! You can imagine my glee when i found out that there was. Good wives tells of the unexpected continuation of the 4 March girls and it leaves you wanting more (and there is, luckily). It's still a classic so if you're not into innocent then stay away but if you're able to take a book which drips morals here and there without cringing then the storyline is worth it. WARNING : DO NOT READ THIS BOOK BEFORE 'LITTLE WOMEN'!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely sequel 16 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Good Wives picks up a few months after Little Women closes. Meg is about to get married and the other girls are on the brink of womenhood. It isn't all plain sailing though as the hopes and dreams of the girls aren't realised exactly as they thought they would be and tragedy strikes. I must have read this book a thousand times and I cry every time. Having said that, it is a heartwarming book and I every time I read it, I enjoy it even more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading 18 Mar 2014
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I had not realised that that this book is an exact replica of the second half of Little Women and therefore I did not need to buy it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfect 24 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Good Wives begins three years after the end of Little Women and continues the story of the Meg, Jo Beth and Amy. It is beautifully written, wonderfully encouraging and moral without being too patronising. It is so much deeper than Little Women and one of the few books that makes me cry every time. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story continued 3 July 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
'Good Wives' was written in 1869, a year after 'Little Women' but it is actually set three years after the events of the first book. To me, it doesn't quite have the impact of 'Little Women' but it is still a charming picture of life and love during nineteenth century America. The sisters have matured and are ready to marry, each learning lessons which will enable them to be themselves despite the restrictions of expectations of women at that time.
Meg (based on Louisa Alcott's sister Anna) marries and becomes a wife and a mother, learning to do her duty and endure the difficulties of poverty, She has reason to be glad that her relationship with her husband is mature and kind, very different from that of her friend Sally Moffat.
Beth (based on another of Alcott's sisters, Elizabeth) has been weak since a bout of illness during her childhood and the outcome of her story is a tearjerker. She is (to me) the most irritating sister, being incredibly passive and good, but the love she shares with her family is very clear. .
Amy (not very likeable and based on another sister, Abigail) has grown up during her European journey and she learns to love and make sacrifices. She reminds me of a young relative of mine - pretty, shrewd, manipulative and in need of a good thump and a few lessons about self-sacrifice!
Jo is, of course, based on Alcott herself. Strong, resourceful and outspoken, she wants more from life than a conventional marriage and a safe life. She's the heroine of the story, despite her flaws, and it has been said that she was the first model for the idea of the 'all-American girl.' modern girls (and probably most nineteenth century girls) could relate to her more easily than the others, because of her strong desire for freedom and to earn her own living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good wives book 2 Aug 2013
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i bought this book for my grandaughter who lives in Australia and she loved it she is waiting for me to get her next book now :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good wives. 25 Jun 2013
By Deborah
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Bought it for my mum a light read and she had read little women years ago but not good wives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sequel
This is a good continuation to Little Women as we see what the four March girls are like as they get older. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Shaniqua Benjamin
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I bought this book second hand. It was described as good quality but it had fallen apart when it came to me. It was so destroyed that I couldn't even read it.
Published 7 months ago by Aoife Daly
4.0 out of 5 stars good wives
was wonderful to have the complete set of the four books to reread after many years. How times have changed and also the meaning of words. Read more
Published 16 months ago by barbara ansell
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite...
Twice in my life I've accidentally bought the Popular Classics edition of Little Women, which does not also include Good Wives, so have ended up buying this edition too! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Goldenspeechy
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
simple lives are always good I think this book teaches you to accept and value what you have...It is got wisdom in many ways...
I strongly recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by begsuli
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 27
I had all of the LMA books except this one, which was partly included in the movie versions of "Little Women". I just wanted the full set.
Published 18 months ago by Miss N. J. Grundy
4.0 out of 5 stars trip down memory lane
I read this as a child and had such fond memories of. It did not entirely disappoint but I had not realised how 2 dimensional the characters were. Read more
Published 19 months ago by cyclinguser
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful follow on to 'Little Women'
Many films of 'Little Women' include this book aswell, as it follows on very nicely. It takes place 3 years after 'Little Women', and is much more focused on the romantic... Read more
Published 20 months ago by ELBS
4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as Little Women
Good Wives is the second part of Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, and was written a year after Little Women. Read more
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