Book Review: The Little Women Letters

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
The blurb: When Josephine March’s great-great-granddaughter stumbles across her letters, the Little Women shed a glorious light on a new generation of sisters.

The Atwaters are a loving, sprawling mess of a family and Fee’s three daughters, Emma, Lulu and Sophie couldn’t be less alike if they tried. Emma is planning her wedding, Sophie is an up-and-coming actress, but Lulu – the cleverest of them all – is more than a little lost. If life is for living, why is she stuck in a series of dead-end jobs?

Grandma Jo’s letters had been gathering dust in the attic for decades, but when Lulu gets her hands on them, everything seems to change and different worlds begin to open up. And even though dark family secrets emerge, Jo’s words offer comfort and guidance across the centuries.

Sometimes family is all that matters. And sisters are the closest friends you can find.

My review: Wow. This was absolutely fantastic. It left me feeling all happy and squishy inside. The Little Women Letters follows three sisters, Emma, Lulu and Sophie who live in Islington and behave as all sisters should. I have a sister I know! They borrow each others clothes, laugh at each other, criticise and tease but fundamentally love and cherish the relationships they have.

This is a real feel good book, if you’ve read Louisa M Alcott’s Little Women and loved it as much as I did then this can’t fail to enchant you. Gabrielle Donnelly captures Jo March perfectly in her letters to her sisters Meg, Beth and Amy and it’s fascinating and lovely to have more of the March sisters.

As the book progresses the focus swaps from each sister, their lives, their loves and worries and you get a real feel for the family as a whole with all it’s drama’s. This was really a lovely book and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to any of my own family!

9 out of 10 stars! *********

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Little Women Letters

  1. Loving this book so far! Am reading this in snatches so am still struggling to finish it. Would love to have time to read it nonstop really! Loved Louisa May Alcott’s books, Little Women, Little Men and Jo’s Boys. But also love Gabrielle Donnelly’s “sequel” 🙂 Really pleased to find that someone else has read it and has enjoyed it…although I haven’t finished it…yet!

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