Meg & Jo

Virginia Kantra

Book - 2019

"From New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra comes a heartwarming modern novel inspired by the timeless classic Little Women. The March sisters--reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy and shy Beth--have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook-slash-secret food blogger. Meg appears to have t...he life she always planned--the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you ever wanted isn't all it's cracked up to be... When their mother's illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they'll rediscover what really matters. One thing's for sure--they'll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams"--

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Subjects
Genres
Domestic fiction
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Berkley [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Readers guide included"--Page 4 of cover.
"A contemporary retelling of Little Women"--page one of cover.
Physical Description
viii, 390 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780593100349
0593100344
Main Author
Virginia Kantra (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Kantra pulls inspiration from Little Women in this beautiful novel. Jo, an aspiring writer, sees her future slip away while her friends move away and build careers. After being laid off, Jo begins working as a prep-cook and a secret food blogger. Even with her professional life in shambles, Jo has one constant in her life: her sister Meg. Meg took a very different route; she married the love of her life and had twins, staying home with the kids while her husband John takes on a more stressful job to support them. In trying to emulate the marriage she thought her parents had, Meg refuses any help that is offered and alienates her husband in the process. After their mother falls ill, Meg takes on even more responsibility by managing the family farm until Jo comes home to help when her love life also falls to pieces. With everything piling up, the March sisters prove that they can get through anything. Those who gravitate toward family-centric novels with twists along the way will enjoy this novel, and fans of Alcott's original will appreciate this modern take on the beloved classic. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Kantra (Carolina Blues) charms in this outstanding update of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott's 19th century classic. In this retelling, always-independent Jo, after losing her journalism job, is working as a prep cook and writing a food blog in New York City; Meg is a married and overwhelmed stay-at-home mother with two-year-old twins in small-town Bunyan, N.C.; Beth is a shy aspiring musician, and stylish Amy's in Paris doing an internship with Louis Vuitton. After the girls' mother, Abby, is hospitalized, Meg and Jo (who tell the story in alternating first-person chapters) rally to take care of her—and find happiness in unexpected places. Supporting characters from the original abound—rich boy-next-door Theodore Laurence III is Trey and owns a car dealership, where Meg's husband, John, works; Mr. Bhaer (called Eric rather than Friedrich in this version), Jo's love, is a successful chef. Kantra blends just enough of Alcott's story of four close-knit sisters and their myriad tribulations with clever and timely new elements (unexpected pregnancies, the girls' father as a military chaplain, parents separating), a mix that will satisfy Alcott fans as well as entice Kantra's existing fans. The imaginative storytelling and sparkling prose make this a winner. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Dec.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"From New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra comes a heartwarming modern novel inspired by the timeless classic Little Women. The March sisters-reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy and shy Beth-have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook-slash-secret food blogger. Meg appears to have the life she always planned-the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you ever wanted isn't all it's cracked up to be... When their mother's illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they'll rediscover what really matters. One thing's for sure-they'll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When their mother falls ill, the March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy and shy Beth, return home to North Carolina for the holidays where they’ll rediscover what really matters. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The timeless classic Little Women inspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger.Meg appears to have the life she always planned—the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.One thing’s for sure—they’ll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams.