Set in the early 1870s, this re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is for all who have ever wondered how things might have worked out differently for the beloved March sisters - the life Beth might have led, the books Jo might have written, the friends they might have made, and the courtship that might have been...
Authoress Jo March has lost her elder sister Meg to matrimony. When the aristocratic Vaughns – elegant Kate, boisterous Fred, thoughtful Frank, and feisty Grace – re-enter their lives, it seems her younger sisters Beth and Amy, and even her closest friend Laurie, might soon follow suit.
Yet despite the efforts of her great-aunt March, Jo is determined not to give up her liberty for any mortal man. What else is a writer to do but secure music lessons for her dearest sister, and befriend aspirant journalist Tommy Chamberlain?
The Marches' neighbor Theodore “Laurie” Laurence was born with looks, talent, and wealth – and Jo is convinced he has a promising future in which she has no part. He is as stubborn as Jo, and has loved her for as long as anyone can remember. But what will win a woman who won’t marry for love or money?
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About the author Trix Wilkins has always longed for an Austen-esque ending to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. When not indulging in rewriting fictional history, she cares for her two children and tends to avoid housekeeping by going ice skating – or on dates with her husband (when they can find babysitting!). She holds degrees in journalism and international relations from Sydney University and Macquarie University, and worked for Australian Associated Press before the kids made her a better offer. The Courtship of Jo March is her first novel.
Contents (385 pages)
Prologue: The March sisters
The Plumfield ball
A holiday for Beth
The last March sister
The two gentlemen of Valrosa
The measure of a friend
A song for Jo
Half of a whole
A vexing question
March & Laurence
Neighborly in New York
The Vaughn legacy
“It is to be all made”
Epilogue Castles revisited
- The Plumfield ball, from Jo’s perspective
- Jo saves Laurie’s life
- Jo and Laurie’s letters, regarding Beth
- Mr March advises Jo
- Proposal on the ice
- The rise of Aunt March
- An unexpected friend, an unexpected discovery
- The European tour
- As you like it
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