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Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Feature: The Inheritance

Friday Feature is where we share books we love that have been out for several years. We don't want these treasures to get lost just because they aren't babies anymore!

The Inheritance

Generations of fans have longed to plumb that first romance, hinted at so captivatingly on the pages of Little Women, Alcott's autobiographical classic. Now after nearly one hundred fifty years spent among archived family documents, Louisa May Alcott's debut novel finally reaches its eager public.
Set in an English country manor, the story follows the turbulent fortunes of Edith Adelon, an impoverished Italian orphan whose loyalty and beauty win her the patronage of wealthy friends until a jealous rival contrives to rob her of her position. In the locket around her neck, she carries a deep secret about her natural birthright. But an even greater truth lies hidden in Edith's heart - her deep reverence for the kind and noble Lord Percy, the only friend who can save her from the deceitful, envious machinations of Lady Ida.
Reminiscent of Jane Austen in its charms, this chaste but stirringly passionate novel affirms the conquering power of both love and courtesy. For the generations who grew up alongside Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy, a rich literary inheritance is restored at last.


This is one of my favorite books!  It is Louisa May Alcott's first novel, written when she was 17 years old.  The story was unpublished when the handwritten manuscript was found in the the historical files at Harvard University in the '90's.  The story is wonderful!  It's reminiscent of Jane Austin yet clearly shows the beginning of Alcott's own writing style.  I  love how Edith stands by her adopted family and her values when it matters most.  I have read this book more times than I can count and listened to the book on tape quite a few times too.  I never get tired of this one!

5/5 stars

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