The Revelation of Louisa May
Louisa May Alcott can’t believe it—her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family and Louisa is to be in charge of the household. How will she find the time to write her stories, much less have any adventures of her own? But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Underground Railroad, and blossoming love. Intertwining fact, fiction, and quotes from Little Women, Michaela MacColl has crafted another spunky heroine whose story will keep readers turning pages until the very end.
This was the second book I have read by this author, and I am loving her historical fiction pieces on the lives of classic authors. (The first I read was Always Emily). This one is about Louisa May Alcott, and you can see in her the spunk of Jo March. There’s also characters that remind me of the Beth, Amy, and Laurie characters in Little Women. I also didn’t know that the Alcotts were contemporaries and friends of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. I liked the way the author melded bits of truth and history with the fiction of a murder mystery. This was a fun, quick read: one I’d encourage my girls to read, especially since we’ve read Little Women together.
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Absolutely!
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Yes.
5 of 5 stars.