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The Little Women Letters Paperback – 5 Jun 2012
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"[A] light, spirited tale about modern women with old-fashioned values." --"Publishers Weekly"
"I LOVED this book - it was like a personal treasure trove. The letters sound just exactly as if Jo had written them, and isn't it what we'd always wanted and thought we could never have - more of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy?" --Penny Vincenzi, author of "The Best of Times"
"Witty, warm, and bubbling over with voice, "The Little Women Letters" is a love letter to and from a set of unforgettable heroines. Gabrielle Donnelly's homage is just what a literary tribute should be: full of compassion, heart, and fun." - - Erin Blakemore, author of "The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder"
"Gabrielle Donnelly's THE LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS radiates a rare warmth and charm that had me smiling from beginning to end. The characters absolutely live, and the story is utterly compelling. I quite simply love Donnelly's voice!" ---Santa Montefiore, author of "The French Gardener" and "The Mermaid Garden"
"Could be just the perfect pool-side read." --"The Washington Post"
"Donnelly's "The Little Women Letters" imagines how modern versions of the March sisters might have lived. . . . Donnelly writes with obvious passion for the classic take and successfully applies a fresh sensibility to the three modern sisters. Nostalgic without being deferential, jocular without being flippant...Beautifully crafted." --"Booklist"
"Gabrielle Donnelly's absorbing novel sweeps you across time and generations of family, bound together through love and the strife and joys of daily life. A refreshingly hopeful story that grips you so thoroughly you'll want to lock your door and read, read, read!" --Carol Cassella, author of "Healer "and "Oxygen"
"Marvelously entertaining, Gabrielle Donnelly's THE LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS evokes the spirit of Louisa May Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN with warmth and affection. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this wonderful book." --Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the "New York Times" bestselling Elm Creek Quilts novels
"A sheer delight, full of gentle humor and homespun wisdom." --Katie Fforde, author of "Love Letters "
"For those who yearn for the verve and wit and chagrin of Alcott, 'The Little Women Letters' offers a thoroughly modern . . . twist." --"Seattle Times"
About the Author
Gabrielle Donnelly was born and raised in London where she worked as a journalist on women's magazines before moving to Los Angeles to specialize in show business journalism. She lives in Mar Vista, California, with her husband, Owen Bjornstad. Visit GabrielleDonnellyAuthor.com.
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But if you're one of the huge number of people for whom, like me, Louisa May Alcott's book and its sequels was an unforgettable part of childhood, this won't disappoint.
I really liked how Donnelly re-imagined letters from Jo to her sisters, based partly on events from the original novel. These give an insight into her character, and in my opinion at least are more or less in keeping with the Jo March of the original. The modern day characters - 3 sisters, with unsurprising similarities to Meg, Jo and Amy - are all likeable in their own way, and Lulu who is in a lot of ways the 'updated version' of Jo, is easy to relate to.
This isn't a deep, meaningful or challenging read; it's a book for a rainy afternoon when you want to curl up with a story based on characters you already know. Not to mention that after reading this, it would be hard to resist going back and re-reading Little Women all over again.
I would recommend this book as it is different from the run of the mill novels
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