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    • Melodye Shore

      May’s story is inspiring, which is just one of the reasons I was glad for the opportunity to read/review “Little Woman in Blue.” To stand in your own truth, measuring the pulsings of your own heart against the drumbeats of societal expectations… Such an passionate, indominable spirit!

  1. I loved Little Women and all of Louisa May Alcott’s books as a kid. I’m glad to see a historical novel about the real Amy. My favorite character was Jo, but Amy is my younger daughter ‘s.

    • Melodye Shore

      I adored Jo when I was younger, but then again, I didn’t know May in the way that I do now. Her story really resonates with me…

  2. Wonderful review, Melodye! Like you I was awestruck by Borrowed Names, and continue to love, relish, and enjoy Jeannine’s work. Will add this link to my 8 Cool Things for the week. 🙂

    • Melodye Shore

      Thanks! I’m glad for the opportunity to help spread the word about Little Woman in Blue, same as I once did (and still do) for Borrowed Names.

  3. […] I’ve only just started to read it, but so far — wow! As one might expect from an author who’s also a poet, each sentence, each scene is beautifully crafted, informed by thorough research and illuminated by an indeniable passion for her subject. Friends who’ve finished the book have deemed it a must read. A rivalry between two talented sisters, and May’s internal struggle over the desire for artistic achievement as well as having a family of her own will make for a compelling read. Check out these excellent reviews by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman and Melodye Shore. […]

  4. Kelly Ramsdell

    Loved seeing La Negresse in your post – no wonder the Paris Salon admitted it for showing – it’s spectacular! I really hope everyone I know (and then some) find this marvelous book.

    • Melodye Shore

      It seemed fitting to include at least one of her paintings here. I love this one, and can easily see why it earned May the accolades it did.

    • Melodye Shore

      I’m enthralled with all of them & am happy to see so much renewed interest in the Alcott women. So fascinating, to see how May’s story unfolded, especially since Jeannine wrote her story from another POV altogether.

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