Title: The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
Author: Kelly O’Connor McNees
Publisher: Berkley Trade 2011
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Historical Fiction; What’s in a Name – Calendar; Mount TBR; Fall into Reading
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A richly imagined, remarkably written story of the woman who created Little Women– and how love changed her in ways she never expected. 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 small-town New Hampshire, she meets Joseph Singer, and as she opens her heart, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay for the rest of her life.