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Good Wives

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I would really love to read her other books – the three you mention I very much would like to read, but I shall have to wait until book purchasing is allowed again!

Although they all face painful trials along the way – from Meg’s sad lesson in housekeeping to Laurie’s disappointment in love and a tragedy which touches them all – each of the girls finally finds happiness, if not always in the way they expect. Good Wives did lose a little of the charm for me, as the girls lose the pure innocence of their childhood, and instead of putting on plays and running around their garden playing pranks, they must try to be prim and proper and look to find suitable marriage matches. Having lost all his money, their father is serving as a chaplain for the Union Army in the American Civil War, far from home.Often coddled because she is the youngest, Amy can behave in a vain and self-centered way, though she does still love her family.

Beth, too timid for school, is content to stay at home and help with housework; and Amy is still at school. Little Women is a coming-of-age novel written by American novelist Louisa May Alcott, originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869.The first printing of 2,000 copies sold out quickly, and the company had trouble keeping up with demand for additional printings. Because the Professor is poor, the wedding must wait while he establishes a good income by going out west to teach. But one gets used to these slight blemishes, and nothing could be more complete, for good sense and good taste had presided over the furnishing, and the result was highly satisfactory.

I had a young friend who set up housekeeping with six sheets, but she had finger bowls for company, and that satisfied her,” said Mrs. Little Women can also be had here in the States in a volume with Part First and Part Second, which our book group was told to be mindful when getting the book or they would miss out on a great deal. Laurie had christened it, saying it was highly appropriate to the gentle lovers, who “went on together like a pair of turtledoves, with first a bill and then a coo. I would definitely recommend this book to classic newbies, as it’s easy to get into, but also for those who like a bit of cheesy gooey goodness. In a world full of manners and propriety she sticks out, and she is very self-aware of this knowing everything girly goes against her core being, and that this is not really socially acceptable in polite society.

Beth, 13 when the story starts, is described as kind, gentle, sweet, shy, quiet, honest and musical. I think it’s so good to discuss older classics as well as the latest bestsellers and I’m glad someone else’s book club is doing this – mine is quite good at achieving a mix in this way too. In 2012 it was ranked number 47 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal, a monthly with primarily US audience.

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