Good Wives

Good Wives

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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
  • 112 x 184 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141197757
  • 9780141197753
  • 97,941

About Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832-88) was brought up in Pennsylvania, USA. She turned to writing in order to supplement the family income and had many short stories published in magazines and newspapers. Then, in 1862, during the height of the American Civil War, Louisa went to Georgetown to work as a nurse, but she contracted typhoid. Out of her experiences she wrote Hospital Sketches (1864) which won wide acclaim, followed by an adult novel, Moods. She was reluctant to write a children's book but then realized that in herself and her three sisters she had the perfect models. The result was Little Women (1868) which became the earliest American children's novel to become a classic
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Also published in <a href="">"A Cup of Coffee and a Book"</a> <b>*This review might contain spoilers!*</b> Where to start? This book was beautiful I couldn't help myself finishing it the way I did. Knowing the movie, I already knew the end, but the end of the book (being slightly different from the movie - I love the movie version though) was so overwhelmed for me I was grinning like a child at the outburst of romance that came out of the pages. Contrary to <i>Little Women</i>, <i>Good Wives</i> pace was easier to follow. Despite having a few chapters that you can skip without really missing anything that important, the story develops in a way which glues you to the characters and you don't want to leave them. It's like you can pat them in the back and tell them all will be alright. Each sister grew in a different way, becoming more mature and more independent in their own way. Meg soon became a wife and a mother, learning her duties and how not to fear being herself around her husband. They're romance was mature and solid in contrast to those around her such as Sally Moffat. Beth was the character that made me cry the most. Her death left a small hole in the story but her speech to her sister Jo about not leaving them and always being there made me realise that each character kept her within they're hearts. Her presence after her death was not visible (readable, that's more like it), but you could sense her nevertheless. Amy's journey through Europe did her good. She was the only sister I couldn't help disliking until she has left America and went abroad. The trip made her grow in a way she couldn't at home. Plus the fact that love also helped her see the world with different eyes. Jo is, and will always be, my favourite March sister. She is strong and with a loose tongue. I could relate myself with her a lot during the book and when she left home to go to New York and met Professor Bhaer, I was in heaven. Their romance was slowly shaping itself throughout the novel, and we knew before Jo that she was in love (not to mention the movie... we already knew it through it but the book was plain about it). Despite her lack of self-conscious when it comes to such matters, we kept praying that she would see what's in front of her and that she deserved some happiness after losing her favourite sister and having a "trifle" with Laurie. The bond between sisters and mother was still strong. Despite having a different point-of-view towards society and life itself, they kept together and fought together. In the end, even Beth was present at the end with small memories and small unconscious things from each character. It was a romance I couldn't stop myself from reading. Not only does it shows us love, it also shows us the depths of a sisterly and motherly relation. It taught me to love my sister the way she is and to learn and see her more
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