Published by Roberts Brothers on 1869
Challenge Theme: A book published over 100 years ago
Challenge Theme: A victorian novel
Buy on Barnes & Noble
Buy on Amazon
Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another.
Christmas won’t be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with color, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.
Until I decided to read this for my challenge I had no idea that is was the first of a series of books. Most editions now have both Little Women and Good Wives combined but the edition I had was just the first part of the series. I thought I had read it years ago but I didn’t recognize any of the story so I guess not. The only things I knew were from the Friends episode where Joey reads it and Rachel reads The Shining. There is a scene where they spoil parts of the books for each other so the whole time I was waiting for Beth to die. She didn’t in the first part so I can assume she dies in the next book. I enjoyed this book enough, didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. I enjoyed the story and the characters (most of the time) but it just wasn’t that exciting to read. I do plan on reading the second part at some point, just to see how the girl’s stories end. I would give it a 3.5 rating.
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
“Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don’t let it spoil you, for it’s wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can’t have the one you want.”
“There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”
“Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”
“Love is a great beautifier.”
“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”
“Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.”