Wednesday, 28 December 2016
The Courtship Of Jo March by Trix Wilkins + Giveaway
The Courtship Of Jo March by Trix Wilkins
Self published on the 5th December 2016.
Trix Wilkins is currently running a Goodreads Giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of The Courtship Of Jo March. The Giveaway is open until the 15th January 2017 and you can Enter Here!
She also has a special offer on the pdf ebook whereby for $4.95 you get not only the ebook, but also downloadable bookmarks, letter paper, a poster and postcard. The special download is available until the end of January 2017.
Where to buy this book:
Buy the ebook (pdf) or the paperback from Payhip
Buy the ebook in other formats via Books2Read
How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"Set in the early 1870s, this re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is for all who have ever wondered how things might have worked out differently for the beloved March sisters - the life Beth might have led, the books Jo might have written, the friends they might have made, and the courtship that might have been...
Authoress Jo March has lost her elder sister Meg to matrimony. When the aristocratic Vaughns – elegant Kate, boisterous Fred, thoughtful Frank, and feisty Grace – re-enter their lives, it seems her younger sisters Beth and Amy, and even her closest friend Laurie, might soon follow suit.
Yet despite the efforts of her great-aunt March, Jo is determined not to give up her liberty for any mortal man. What else is a writer to do but secure music lessons for her dearest sister, and befriend aspirant journalist Tommy Chamberlain?
The Marches' neighbor Theodore “Laurie” Laurence was born with looks, talent, and wealth – and Jo is convinced he has a promising future in which she has no part. He is as stubborn as Jo, and has loved her for as long as anyone can remember. But what will win a woman who won’t marry for love or money? "
I was pleased to discover The Courtship Of Jo March not long after my readings of the original Little Women and March by Geraldine Brooks. Wilkins story complements the other two beautifully and I appreciated the care she has taken to mirror Alcott's own evocative writing. Jo March is most definitely the same determined young woman and I love that acerbic Aunt March gets her fair share of our attention too. The Courtship is, as its title suggests, a more romantic read so our characters are frequently preoccupied with marriages or the potential for them. The will-they-won't-they storyline between Jo and Laurie is both fun and suitably exasperating and contrasts well with the heart-breaking sadness of Beth's situation.
As I haven't read the other three of Alcott's novels for decades, I am not sure what in Wilkins novel is from the originals and what is her own invention so I will avoid mentioning other plot points so as not to spoil the story. Enough to say that this is a very well-written book with a strongly flowing and ultimately satisfying narrative. I think Alcott fans would enjoy The Courtship Of Jo March immensely, especially those who wanted a more traditionally romantic ending, and it may well appeal to Jane Austen fans too.
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