A little slow at the start, but an enjoyable audiobook. I loved the details about LMA's family life. I am not typically a fan of romance, but this one was interspersed with so many of LMA's thoughts on gender roles, marriage, love, and freedom that I didn't think of it just as a romance. A very thoughtful and interesting book that made me look forward to my time in the car.
I listened this novel as a MP3. I was doing household chores while listening for most of the story. I really liked it. I grew up reading many Louisa May Alcott books as a young girl. To read a story about the author (even an invented story) was engaging. I can't say much about the details of Miss Alcott's life as I've never read her biography but I do feel the tone of the writing captures her style. I even sensed a difference in the writing from her “young self in the novel and her “mature self”.
It's probably not a good sign when one finds oneself making up rules for a drinking game during the course of a book. Particularly when one is not much of a drinker. However, inappropriateness has never been an obstacle for me, so I present "The Louisa May Alcott Drinking Game". And yes, I know she wasn't a drinker either:
1. Take a sip of homemade wine (purely for medicinal purposes) every time someone's chest tightens.
2. Take half a shot every time someone's lips are pursed "in a line".
3. Take the whole shot every time someone rolls their eyes.
While I realize that most drinking games are designed for watching films while getting drunk quite quickly, I guarantee if you follow these directions while reading this book, you'll get tiddly in quite short order.
To make a long story short (and this story is way too long), this is apparently Ms McNees' first novel and it shows. As a birthright Unitarian, I appreciate the research that has gone into this and the inclusion of many noteworthy Unitarians such as Fanny Kemble, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller. This is very much a work of historical romantic fiction, though, and will only appeal to romance fans.
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