Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Little Woman in Blue

Today is my grocery shopping day.  Thankfully my list is short today.  The biggest items are for the cats and dogs!  I also need something strong to get rid of wasps.  We had wasps build a nest into this little gap where the porch was enclosed (added to the living room).  I thought by filling in the gap, the wasps would go away.  Wrong!  I have gone through six cans of different wasp/bee spray.  They are still alive and strong!  I have even tried several natural solutions with no results.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I am a desperate person (as I am very allergic to them).

I just finished reading Little Woman in Blue by Jeannine Atkins.  It tells the story of May Alcott, Louisa May Alcott’s sister (who wrote Little Women and many other wonderful books).  May is the youngest sister and loves to create art.  Her family is more into books and May does not believe they recognize or acknowledge her work.  May works to finance her art classes and dreams of going to Europe (to study art).  The book goes on to describe May’s life in Massachusetts, her travels in Europe, her marriage, and artistic successes.

I had an extremely difficult time getting into this book.  I was looking forward to reading it since I love the works of Louisa May Alcott. I have read just about everything Louisa May Alcott has written (I have a collection of her works) as well as novels on her life.  Little Woman in Blue is very slow paced (snails move faster) and jumps around from scene to scene.  The novel lacks continuity.  I give Little Woman in Blue 2.75 out of 5 stars.  I found it to be very dry reading (like a biography or textbook) instead of a novel.  It does contain interesting information about May Alcott (the book skims through her life), her love of art, and her feelings toward her sister, Louisa.  I just wish the author had written it in a more conversational style that was easy to read. The book will be out on September 22, 2015 (it was released yesterday, but now it is on pre-order again).

I received a complimentary copy of Little Woman in Blue from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

I am currently reading Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni.  I hope you have a wonderful afternoon and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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