by Sarah Miller
Anyone who has read Little Women, whether once or many times, knows exactly who Marmee is. She is the mother of the famous March girls. Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy love her very much and rely upon her, especially while their father is awat as a Civil War chaplain. They also aspire to be like her.
Those who recall the novel with fondness and who would like a slight change of perspective, will enjoy this story that is told from Marmee/Margaret/Peg’s point of view. The story line includes well known events from Alcott’s novel while adding a deeper insight into the woman who was Marmee. I enjoyed spending time with her and seeing her as a more human and less idealized figure. Just one of my favorite quotes from the novel is: “Criticizing others is so often a circuitous way of praising ourselves. ”
This book will be enjoyed by fans of Little Women and historical fiction fans in general. Its use of diary entries brings the reader close to Marmee’s thoughts. Be sure to read the author’s note as well for her perspective.
Many thanks to William Morrow/Mariner and NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 25 October 2022