Happy Monday y’all! Today is the first day of our Christmas in July feature, and I am so excited about the first book I’m featuring. Meg and Jo is a contemporary retelling of one of my all-time favorite books, Little Women. While not necessarily a holiday romance book, it is set during the holidays, starting at Thanksgiving and going through Christmas. I loved this one and highly recommend it!
I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
Series: The March Sisters #1
Published by Berkley on 2019-12-03
Length: 390 pages
Reviewing eARC, Paperback from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2021, COYER 2021
The timeless classic Little Women inspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.
The March sisters--reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth--have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger.
Meg appears to have the life she always planned--the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you've ever wanted isn't all it's cracked up to be.
When their mother's illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they'll rediscover what really matters.
One thing's for sure--they'll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Little Women became one of my all-time favorite reads when I was around fifteen. I spent three days holed up in my bedroom devouring it after my first real breakup. I cried, I laughed, and ultimately left my bedroom in a much better place than I was in when I started reading the book. Since then, I’ve read it countless times, and it never ceases to amaze me the things I pick up during the rereads. Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra doesn’t just live up to the original, but creates a new timeless classic for readers of all ages to enjoy. Told in dual POV from the two eldest March sisters, Meg and Jo is a contemporary retelling of the classic and, like the classic, follows the girls through life’s joys and hardships.
Jo March has hit rock bottom, or she believes she has, after losing her job as a journalist at a New York newspaper. Living a double life as a food blogger and prep cook in one of NYC’s top restaurants, Jo gets to enjoy two of her biggest loves: writing and food. However, her jobs are barely paying the bills. Something has to give because she refuses to give up on her dream and move home.
Meg is struggling to maintain her dream life. She has everything she could ever ask for: a loving husband, adorable twin toddlers, and a home. When her mother becomes sick, Meg quickly realizes that while everything looks good from the outside, she is crumbling on the inside. Her marriage isn’t what she thought it would be. She’s barely keeping up with the house chores and keeping up with the kids, now she’s trying to take care of her mom and the family farm.
I loved the dynamic of this story. Seeing the girls grown up gave a different perspective to the story and modernizing it makes it relevant to today’s problems. Adding in Marmie’s illness creates conflict for the sisters, forcing them out of their comfort zones and to fight for what they want in life. I absolutely adore Meg and John. They are a sweet couple who have hit a rough patch in their marriage. Not because they don’t love each other, but because that is life as parents, a constant adjustment to the age your kids are in. It’s hard, and I love how Kantra makes them a team. Jo’s Chef is amazing. I liked this twist. In the original, Chef is a professor, but here he is still her mentor, someone she looks up to and easily falls for, even if she resists it.
Overall, I loved Meg and Jo and cannot wait to dive into the sequel featuring the younger March sisters. Kantra did a fantastic job of staying true to the original story while also bringing her own style and narrative to the sisters. If you enjoy contemporary romance, family drama, and a heartfelt story, Meg and Jo is sure to please.
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