June 21, 2011

book review: A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

Ok, I've been in the reading mood lately. I think because it's summer...and you always hear the phrase "summer reading".

Well, I went to one of those book exchange kind of places...if you're not familiar with the concept..here's what it is. You bring in your old books, any kind of book...paperback, cooking, history, childrens, etc...and they will give you "credit" for half of what the original price of the book was. Usually, you can find the price printed on the back. When you want to make a purchase from them, you can use your credit on 50% of your total. I love that place!! I find books that I wouldn't normally come across at a normal book store.

While browsing in the "classics" section, I found what I thought seemed to be the perfect, enticing summer read! The book is called "A Long Fatal Love Chase" by Louisa May Alcott. She is also most known for her famous book "Little Women". I found this book to be a quick read...I could never put it down! I always felt like I wanted to continue on. I don't think there was a boring part at all. The book was written in 1866...which, I thoroughly enjoy how they spoke back then...so proper! Also, men were men and women were women...men were gentlemen and women were put on a pedestal and treated with so much care and respect. It is really just amazing how our society has changed so drastically. I just really enjoy reading novels from that era...there's just such an innocence about it that I dearly love!

I will not give anything away, but here's a little tid bit:

A lonely young lady, just 18 years of age, lives with her aging grandfather. Having no friends or other family, she is dreadfully bored. Her days are spent reading and spending time with her grandfather who seems to care less of her presence.

One day, an unexpected visitor comes to visit her grandfather. The young woman is very intrigued by this man, for he has traveled the world and has had many wonderful adventures. The young lady soon finds herself drawn into his carefree life...a life of travel and riches...wanting nothing more than to feel free herself...to leave this lonely world all behind...to loved and be loved.

But...is this man someone she can trust? Is he a man of character? Can he make her happy all the days of her life? Wanting a life of excitement and adventure may be exactly what she gets...maybe a little more so than what she asked for!


Ok, that's all I'm going to say...read the book if you want to find out what happens to this young, passionate, naive woman. You won't be sorry!


Next book review: "How Starbucks Saved My Life" by Michael Gates Gill
It's not what you think..it's not about a cup of coffee that is so good it changed someone's life...no not at all. It's actually a true story...I am almost half way through the book and very much enjoying it!!


  1. Chester's MomJune 21, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Thanks for posting this. I had no idea Ms. Alcott ever wrote anything other than Little Women. Can't wait to read!

  2. I will have to look into the book. Hopefully summer will slow down. I can't believe it is the end of June already. Thanks for the lead on a good book. Much better than trying to judge a book by its cover:)

  3. I used to LOVE to read!! Someday, I will get back to it! I especially loved historical romance books. .and I enjoyed Little Women when I read it a million years ago. One of the reasons I stopped reading was because I could not put the books down either. .and ended up entirely too late at night to function well the next day. I bet I would like this for sure! Enjoy the next one!

  4. I had no idea she wrote such a book. Would love to read it. I read and re-read Little Women when I was a kid, and the movie version with Wynonna Ryder is one of my favorites. Thanks for letting me know about this.

  5. Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing. I like to have a good book in the summer for when we go to the beach or a long car trip. I'm going to Missouri next week so I might look that one up.

  6. I've read a lot of Louisa May Alcott's books, but this is one I haven't. I am going to have to look it up. Thanks for the review.