While her sisters dream of love and romance and marriage, Louisa May Alcott dreams of freedom. As the family packs up to move their home under their fathers guidance, Louisa is unhappy with the decision and can not wait until she can afford to move away on her own and become the writer she knows she can be.
When Louisa meets the handsome Joseph Singer, she finds him irritating and does her best to ignore him, but Joseph is made of stronger stuff then that and is not so easily led away, much to Louisa’s annoyance, and pleasure. When she finally allows herself to give her heart to Joseph, she soon learns that she has been foolish and everything she always thought about love was spot on… something she certainly did not need in her life.
Louisa may find a way to physically head into the direction she wants for her life, but she finds it is not so easy to move the heart.
What a delightful read! (See, a few hours caught up with this “Little Womenesk” type read and I even talk like them!) The Lost Summer does give you a taste of the Little Women as is it a fictitious writing about the author of that very book. Louise is my kind of character. She is strong and independent to a fault. She is determined and does proceed with the plans she had made for her life. I love that! Yes she also has a softer side and I find, I love that too.
If, as rumor has it Louisa May Alcott did develop the character of Jo (Little Women) after her own image, then this book is spot on. (My goodness, I really am typing like they talk… perhaps I need a spot of tea?)
I found the book to be quite (eep! again!) enjoyable and an easy yet fulfilling read. I have heard some say that this book reads like a YA book and I tend to agree, it does mostly center around Louisa and her sisters when they are in their teenage years, and reads like a secret diary.
Quick and fun, allow yourself to take a walk through this one with Louisa.
16 thoughts on “The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott”
I enjoyed this one, too. I read it two, or maybe it was three years ago, when I was doing a Louisa May Alcott Challenge. Glad you liked it.
I remember wanting to read it when it first came out and never got to it. So glad I finally did 😀
Definitely going on my list for me and my daughter! It’s hard to find well-written wholesome books these days.
I think you both will enjoy it Laura 🙂
I really liked the book but didn’t like Louisa’s dad at all!
Oh I know…. those poor girls!!!!
Glad you liked it!
Thanks Hannah, have you read this one?
Yep, years ago now. I liked it but wasn’t over the moon about it.
I can agree with that, I think I enjoyed it because I have been spending some time in some heavier non fiction and this felt like a good change up 😀
It definitely works for that! 🙂
I liked this one too. I just finished her next book, In Need of a Good Wife and enjoyed it.
OOh… good to know Nise. Is that her second book then?
I liked this one very much.
I actually won this book when it first came out but haven’t had a chance to read it. I will definitely correct that error this summer! Thanks for the reminder, Sheila! Glad you enjoyed it!
I like your review and as I’m a fan of Louisa May Alcott Iand Little Women I’m going to add this book to my to read pile.