- By Gabrielle Donnelly

The Little Women Letters

  • Title: The Little Women Letters
  • Author: Gabrielle Donnelly
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Little Women Letters Vibrant fresh and intelligent The Little Women Letters explores the imagined lives of Jo March s descendants three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March As uplifting and essen

    Vibrant, fresh, and intelligent, The Little Women Letters explores the imagined lives of Jo March s descendants three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March As uplifting and essential as Louisa May Alcott s Little Women, Gabrielle Donnelly s novel will speak to anyone who s ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or woVibrant, fresh, and intelligent, The Little Women Letters explores the imagined lives of Jo March s descendants three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March As uplifting and essential as Louisa May Alcott s Little Women, Gabrielle Donnelly s novel will speak to anyone who s ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or wondered what on earth life had in store for her With her older sister, Emma, planning a wedding and her younger sister, Sophie, preparing to launch a career on the London stage, Lulu can t help but feel like the failure of the Atwater family Lulu loves her sisters dearly and wants nothing but the best for them, but she finds herself stuck in a rut, working dead end jobs with no romantic prospects in sight When her mother asks her to find a cache of old family recipes in the attic of her childhood home, Lulu stumbles across a collection of letters written by her great great grandmother Josephine March In her letters, Jo writes in detail about every aspect of her life her older sister, Meg s, new home and family her younger sister Amy s many admirers Beth s illness and the family s shared grief over losing her too soon and the butterflies she feels when she meets a handsome young German As Lulu delves deeper into the lives and secrets of the March sisters, she finds solace and guidance, but can the words of her great great grandmother help Lulu find a place for herself in a world so different from the one Jo knew Some things, of course, remain unchanged the stories and jokes that form a family s history, the laughter over tea in the afternoon, the desire to do the right thing in spite of obstacles And above all, of course, the fierce, undying, and often infuriating bond of sisterhood that links the Atwater women every bit as firmly as it did the March sisters all those years ago Both a loving tribute to Little Women and a wonderful contemporary family story, The Little Women Letters is a heartwarming, funny, and wise novel for today.

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    1. As I read this book, I realized that in my head, I had somehow made Little Women into a history book instead of a novel. I kept thinking things like, 'these letters sound so accurate, I wonder if they were based on actual letters'you know, from fictional Jo March to her fictional sisters. Insert head slap here. So I liked those portions of the book, right up until the last letter, which I couldn't make the leap to buy into. There were a lot of things that bothered me about the book thoughke how [...]

    2. Sigh. Another good friend to bid adieu to. That’s how I felt when I finished The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly. I became very attached to the London-based Atwater sisters (Emma, Lulu and Sophie) and their family and friends and appreciated the guiding hand of “Grandma Jo,” aka Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.“New letters” by Jo MarchThat’s right. In this story, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Marmee are true characters and ancestors of the Atwaters. Lulu accident [...]

    3. The Little Women Letters begins with one of the descendants of Jo March finding a bunch of Grandma Jo's letters in her mother's attic. Lulu is struggling with some career decisions and its harder that her two sisters seem to have it all figured out. A bit of an odd duck with her bushy hair and prickly personality, Lulu finds exactly the advice and encouragement she needs in the letters. The story centers on Lulu, but also involves a whole host of the women surrounding her including an extravagan [...]

    4. Do you ever read a book that you can’t decide whether or not you like? Well, this was one of those for me.Basically, the premise of this book is that if the March sisters, from Little Women, were real, then they would have great-great-great-great grandchildren alive today. And Emma, Lulu, and Sophie are three of those great (etc) granddaughters, living in modern London (their mother is from Boston).Emma, the oldest sister, is a lot like Meg (I’m going to assume that you are all familiar with [...]

    5. *3.5 stars.This was so cute! I LOVE Little women and Jo, so I really liked the main idea of this book. Definitely the chilled read I needed right now.Thumbs up for:The writing style, I really liked it;Lulu, she's so easy to relate to for me at the moment;The letters, I loved them.On the other, the story itself could've been better. It was very predictable and I feel like the ending was a bit rushed.All in all I enjoyed it and I recommend it to anyone who needs a cute read about family, friendshi [...]

    6. As far as storyline goes, I wanted to give this four stars but there were some things sprinkled throughout that I wasn't too comfortable with (mild language, non-marital relationships, etc.) that made me hesitant to give it four stars. (If my prudery bothers you, don't read my reviews.) I loved how the March sisters were re-visited in the Atwater sisters-- the modern family is just enough like the 19th-century one to make the similarities plain, but not so alike as to prompt eye-rolling. (People [...]

    7. An irresistibly disarming novel, The Little Women Letters is the story of a year in the life of the Atwater sisters Emma, Lulu and Sophie and their mother Fee, direct descendants of Jo March from Little Women. When Lulu finds a box of “Grandma Jo’s” letters in the attic, what began as a rather dispiriting year takes a turn and ends delightfully for all.Things I loved about The Little Women LettersJo’s lettersJo March’s letters are enchanting, true to her style of writing, powers of obs [...]

    8. Lemalattie saranno curabili, tutte le guerre bandite e ogni singola persona uguale alle altre, senza poveri, umili e disprezzati?Mi piacerebbe pensare che sarà così, ma dopo un secolo passato tra queste care creature imperfette chiamate uomini e donne non ci scommetto affatto.Noiosetto. Le tre protagoniste sono troppo simili a Amy,Jo e Meg tanto da farle apparire davvero davvero senza personalità in certi punti ( Amy/Sophie in particolar modo ). Se Lulu/Jo avesse veramente iniziato una storia [...]

    9. This book could so easily have been self-conscious or just plain awful, given the author's jumping-off point of one of the most beloved books of all time. But it was really good -- not overly precious, not tortured. The characters are likable and seem like perfectly plausible descendants of Jo March.

    10. This book is now on my "all time favorite" list. I loved it. It wasn't mind-blowing clever but it gave you plenty to think about. The characters are well defined and the storyline flows very well. Definitely a book to re-read

    11. I have to confess somethingI am a big fan of the original Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. When I was pregnant with my oldest child (my first and only daughter, to be followed by four boys) I really wanted to name her Jo because of Little Women. I thought Josephine was a bit heavy for a young girl, so chose the name Joelle instead, intending to call her Jo.Well, she turned out to be very feminine and Jo just doesn't fit, but the fact that she was named for THE Jo illustrates what a huge fan I [...]

    12. This book and I met in the Strand, where it was on sale half-price, which is pretty much why I bought it. (And it has a connection to Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women." Obviously.) I was doubtful - no one, I thought, could write letters as if they were Jo March's, and no one could invent events as much fun as in the original book. A modern family of sisters to compare with the Marches? I don't think so.Ha! I was so wrong.The first two pages convinced me that I had been hideously judgemental, an [...]

    13. labibliotecadieliza.iDavanti alla parola "seguito" storcete il naso, vi girate dall'altra parte e vi date alla fuga? Bhè in questo caso vi direi , invece, di aspettare un attimo e di dare una possibilità a questo libro, che seguito vuole esserlo ma a modo suo.L'autrice immagina che le sorelle March abbiano avuto una lunga discendenza ancora viva e vegeta nella Londra dei nostri giorni. Qui, infatti, vivono Lulu, Emma e Sophie, tre sorelle molto legate tra loro proprio come le protagoniste di P [...]

    14. I grew up with the March sisters, despite having many sisters of my own, (none of whom are particularly close to me in age so in childhood I was more like an only child in that sense- thankfully over the years we have all forged much closer bonds) the March sisters were MY sisters. I loved each and every one of them, for different reasons and every time I sit down to read Little Women I find something new, even after re-reading it over and over again for the last 30 years. I approached this book [...]

    15. La mia recensione completa la trovate quakatiusciarigogliosi.iLulu, Emma e Sophie sono tre sorelle veramente agli antipodi tra loro. Emma si sta preparando per il matrimonio, atteso da una vita, con il suo eterno fidanzato, e ha la testa immersa in abiti, scarpe, torte e cerimonie; Sophie sogna di diventare una grande attrice di teatro, ed è talmente bella da non passare inosservata tra gli uomini londinesi; Lulu è Lulu, distratta, incapace di tenersi un lavoro, anticonformista fino al midoll [...]

    16. As a huge fan of Little Women when I was young, I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. By huge fan, I mean I not only read Little Women; I also read Little Men, and Jo’s Boys, and dreamed about being Jo (for probably obvious reasons). I saw this book on a table in B & N and was intrigued but wary. I didn’t buy it then. I was afraid that it would ruin my memories, since most tribute books are pretty awful. But I looked at it every time I went to the book store. I eventually bought it, [...]

    17. I simply adored this book! The characters truly come to life through witty and amusing dialogue and descriptive, distinctive personalities. The dialogue between the characters was so realistic I could easily picture me saying many of the same things to my siblings. All of the main characters are counterparts to characters in Little Women. Like Marmee, Fee dispenses loving advice to her daughters. I identified with Lulu so much more than even my beloved Jo. I can not count the number of times I h [...]

    18. I love the concept of this novel and am elated that Ms. Donnelly delivered so well on its promise! Set in contemporary London, it follows three twenty-something sisters, descended from Jo March through their American born mother, Fee. Lulu, the middle sister, is an independent spirit trying to find her niche. Caught between Emma, who is planning her wedding and looking forward to domestic bliss, and Sophie, the youngest, most dramatic of the three, who is beginning to make her name as an actress [...]

    19. As a huge fan of LITTLE WOMEN, I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. I could always put LITTLE WOMEN in it's contextual place, women were sweet, knew there place, and always persevered and never felt sorry for themselves, because there was always someone suffering worse. However, it was a little harder to imagine what a modern day Alcott family would be like. Finding out the answer to that question in this delightful novel was a great read! The great great granddaughters of Josephine March, [...]

    20. Oh dear. This book had such a good premise! And such good reviews on , I was really looking forward to reading it. I think I must have misunderstood a little. If you love 'chick lit', this may be right up your street. I thought it was going to be more literary than that so maybe I went in with the wrong idea.I did enjoy the letters from 'Grandma Jo' -they were admittedly, good. But the characters in the story were one dimensional caricatures. Everyone had their part to play and it was all a bitl [...]

    21. This book was absolutely FANTASTIC! There was not a single passage, not a single page that wasn't relevant in building up the characters, or moving the story along. The writing is fluid, beautiful narration, wonderful characterization. The dialect used by the author, the way the dialogues are written, truly makes you feel like you're in North London. I found myself speaking in a British accent (or what I perceived to be a North London accent) for the entirety of my reading the novel. Even when I [...]

    22. I wasn't sure how the characters from Little Women were going to play into this book, but I have to say that Ms. Donnelly did a great job integrating the March women as relatives of the current day Atwater family. These three sisters, as well as Charlie, who is a close friend and gets somewhat adopted into the family, all face some serious life decisions, similar to those in the original Little Women. The story focuses on Lulu, the middle sister, who is going through a "what do I do with my life [...]

    23. Alcott's "Little Women" was my favorite book as a child, and I've read and re-read it many times over the years. When I spied "The Little Women Letters" in our library, I couldn't wait to read itd I'm so very glad I have. I suspect it may be a book I'll have to buy and re-read from time to time. The author completely captures the feel of the original book while writing a new story about the March family's descendants, which channels the personalities of forebears Meg, Amy and Jo. "Letters" isn't [...]

    24. I was really wary about the premise of this novel - Jo March's descendants are living in London (three 20-something sisters with their American-immigrant mom and British dad, all trying to work out their lives, professionally and romantically), but oh, did I end up falling for this novel. It was just so much fun. I loved the characters, I loved the pitch-perfect Little Women tone set in the modern day, and the humor was just fabulous - I laughed a lot, particularly near the end of the novel. Als [...]

    25. Full review available at my blog. Loved, loved, loved it! Likely one of my favorite reads of the year, which is somewhat surprising since I'm not a huge fan of Little Women.This is a novel of love, sisters, parents and children, marriage and partners, friendship, food and finding your path. I read a chunk of it while weathering Hurricane Irene; it's a perfect rainy afternoon read. Curl up with a cup of tea and the Atwater sisters, Emma, Lulu and Sophie.I became so immersed in the lives if the At [...]

    26. I had a difficult time getting into this book, mostly due to the constant bickering and teasing of the sisters. I thought, I have two sisters and we don't argue this much and we're not the best of friends either. But perseverance pays off because as the book progresses, so do the characters and your able to deal with any bickering in order to enjoy the rest of the story. And when the big thing you've been waiting for happens (I won't give it away) the pleasure and shock is just so sweet.The real [...]

    27. Anche se sto seguendo un programma di lettura serratissimo (iniziato a marzo, con lo scopo di ridurre il volume dei libri accumulati), casualmente questo mese mi sto ritrovando a leggere libri davvero estivi, in un modo o nell'altro. The Little Women Letters è un romanzo molto, molto piacevole e leggero, a patto che vi dimentichiate del fatto che è ispirato alle piccole donne della Alcott, e ogni volta che c'è una lettera scritta da o a Jo, facciate finta che si tratti di qualcun altro. E a p [...]

    28. I really enjoyed this book. It is the contemporary story of 3 sisters in London. Emma, the eldest is about to get married to the love of her life. Sophie, the youngest, blonde and beautiful, is on her way to being an actress. Lulu, the middle sister, at 25 is single and having a hard time deciding what she wants to be when she grows up. This story is about them, their significant others, friends and family, which I love family dramas and did I mention that they are the 2 x great granddaughters o [...]

    29. I so wanted to like this book. Little Women has remained one of my all-time favorite books - one I go back to occasionally simply to delight in the pure comfort of the fictional March family. With that in mind I was eager to read a modern novel based on letters found that were written by Jo from the original Little Women.Alas, my first impression was one of frustration - too much cutsey dialogue and a confusion of characters. Before I gave up on it I turned to and read several (very favorable) [...]

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