TUESDAY SPARKS — TEASING — JULY 5

 

Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays, an opportunity to spark your creativity.  Hosted by Should Be Reading, just do the following to participate:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Today I’ve grabbed a book from my stack for the week.  The Little Women Letters, by Gabrielle Donnelly, is one I acquired only recently, but I couldn’t wait to read it.

Vibrant, fresh, and intelligent, The Little Women Letters explores the imagined lives of Jo March’s descendants—three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March. As uplifting and essential as Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Gabrielle Donnelly’s novel will speak to anyone who’s ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or wondered what on earth life had in store for her.

With her older sister, Emma, planning a wedding and her younger sister, Sophie, preparing to launch a career on the London stage, Lulu can’t help but feel like the failure of the Atwater family. Lulu loves her sisters dearly and wants nothing but the best for them, but she finds herself stuck in a rut, working dead-end jobs with no romantic prospects in sight. When her mother asks her to find a cache of old family recipes in the attic of her childhood home, Lulu stumbles across a collection of letters written by her great-great-grandmother Josephine March. In her letters, Jo writes in detail about every aspect of her life: her older sister, Meg’s, new home and family; her younger sister Amy’s many admirers; Beth’s illness and the family’s shared grief over losing her too soon; and the butterflies she feels when she meets a handsome young German. As Lulu delves deeper into the lives and secrets of the March sisters, she finds solace and guidance, but can the words of her great-great-grandmother help Lulu find a place for herself in a world so different from the one Jo knew?

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Teaser:  Lulu finished the letter and sat staring for some time into the jumble of packing cases and broken furniture, turning the thin paper between her fingers.  On the rare occasions when she had thought seriously of Grandma Jo, it had been always as an old woman, rigid in her ways and stern in her principles.  p. 26

 

So what have the rest of you uncovered between the pages of your books?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

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60 thoughts on “TUESDAY SPARKS — TEASING — JULY 5

  1. I loved Little Women when I was younger. I think it may be time for a reread and then perhaps this book. I hadn’t heard of it before but it sounds wonderful and I’m sure I’d love it. Thanks for a great teaser and thanks also for stopping by my blog earlier 🙂

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  2. Ohhhh I’ve been interested in this one. Thanks for the teaser! Sounds right up my alley… have you read The Heroine’s Bookshelf? I loved it. (my review here) Along with The Wilder Life and The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, there’s plenty to keep us going…

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  3. I’ve never read Little Women but recently found it in a box of my moms books, so it’s on my tbr list. I’d love to read this book after it too!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting!

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  4. I’m reading this book. Have heard a bit about it but your teaser clinches the deal. And what a universal feeling that at certain times we feel that everyone else has a bigger, more exciting life than we do.

    My TT is for Irmgard Hunt’s memoir “On Hitler’s Mountain”–with some bonus photos of a trip that I took to this Alpine Mt. Link: Summit Musings

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