Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees

Louisa May Alcott and her family have interested me for quite awhile. One of my very first favorite books was Little Women. When The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott was offered to me for review you can believe I was over the moon! I enjoy reading anything about Louisa. I find her very intriguing.

In The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, we are introduced to a 22 year old Louisa, who is moving to Walpole, New Hampshire with her family due to financial difficulties. While there Louisa struggles with the desire to be a writer and duty to her family. Love and marriage are not options she is willing to consider. She would like nothing more than to go to Boston, live alone and be a writer. Then she meets Joseph Singer. Louisa finds herself smitten and confused. Is there room for love, family and writing?

Kelly O'Connor McNees captures the essence of the Alcott family beautifully. I felt that the way the family was depicted was in line with things I have read or seen about the Alcott family. Louisa was just a I had imagined her to be and reminded me of Jo in Little Women. I enjoyed this book immensely! I can't recommend it enough. Just like when I read Little Women as a young girl, I didn't want this story to end! I'm looking forward to seeing what Kelly O'Connor McNees writes next.

I also saw this link to a book trailer for The Lost Summer of louisa May Alcott which I found to be hilarious! Check it out!
book trailer

I received this book courtesy of Lydia at Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam Books. I can't thank you enough Lydia for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!


  1. I can't wait to read this book. I think I'll put a list together for my family. They can choose my Mothers Day gifts from it - not too pushy is it???

  2. Not pushy at all Mary! I say a list is better than getting something you really can't use nor want.

  3. I would love to read this one! I'm such a fan of Little Women.

  4. I think this one will be my next after the mystery I just picked up. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much.

  5. Will add to my list,thanks for the great review!

  6. Great review- I've had my eye on this book for awhile. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  7. I loved this book too - my heart ached for Louisa.

  8. I'm glad to hear you liked this one, as I also received a copy and will be reading it soon. I hope I don't need to know too much about Little Women, though. I know I owned a copy as a kid, but I can't remember if I actually read it. My bad. ;)

    Diary of an Eccentric

  9. Anna, you don't have to have read Little Women to enjoy this book. It just happens to be one of my favorite books and movies so I knew the story. This book does stand on it's own. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  10. I read this during the read a thon and LOVED it! It brought back all my warm memories of Little Women.

    Glad you liked it too!


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