Louisa is in shock. She just found out her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family leaving her in charge of the household while she is away. Louisa does not want to take care of the house. She wants to write her stories and live her own life. Before long, Louisa is trying to solve a murder, help people trying to escape on the Underground Railroad, and falling in love. This is not the summer she was expecting.
I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review*. I was happy to review this book as it is one I have been looking forward to reading since I heard about it. I loved Little Women when I was growing up, and knew Alcott included some bits from her own life in her novels. I was hoping this book would show a different angle on her life, and was relieved when it did, as I did not want this book to compete with Little Women.
I thought it was an interesting way to tell young readers about the life of Louisa May Alcott. Although parts of the book are fiction, there is a fair bit that is from the Alcott's life. I particularly liked that the story included the Underground Railroad, her difficult relationship with her father, and the family's relationships with Transcendentalists like Emerson and Thoreau. I did not like the murder mystery portion of the story as much.
This is definitely a book written for a young adult audience. While adults might still enjoy it, I think that readers should be clear about the target audience. It was an easy to read book with history, mystery, and a bit of romance. It is a great way to learn more about a well loved author. It was a pleasant and quick read.
If you like Louisa May Alcott's books or young adult books I recommend reading this book.
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book earlier than I would have gotten to it, or a book I might not have heard about otherwise.