ARC Review: Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra

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ARC Review: Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra
Beth & Amy
Book Info

Released: May 25 2021
Genre: Womens Fiction
Series: March Sisters #2
Pages: 352

“…she captures that cozy feeling of LITTLE WOMEN and represents it so well.”

~ Under the Covers

This review is a hard one to write because my feelings about the original LITTLE WOMEN impact my feelings on this book. So you’ve been warned.

I really enjoyed reading MEG & JO and I was looking forward to reading BETH & AMY with anticipation and a bit of trepidation. Why, you may ask? Because I’m still salty about Laurie and Amy being a couple. I wasn’t on board then and I’m not on board now. And honestly, I couldn’t give this book a fair chance when it comes to that part because I never liked Amy and I didn’t think this was a good couple.  What I do think is that Ms. Kantra did a great job at bringing a lot of what the original characters were like into today’s modern world setting. But every time these two were on the page, I just got a bit ragey and it definitely impacted my enjoyment of this book.

That being said, the rest was so good!  I loved the glimpses we get into the girls parent’s love life, Beth’s struggle with an eating disorder which was handled well I thought, and the subject of addiction. I wanted more and more of all of this even when it felt like Amy was consuming so much of the pages. 

I think one of my favorite things about the way Virginia Kantra did these retellings is that she captures that cozy feeling of LITTLE WOMEN and represents it so well. Family is still central and essential part and I loved seeing the March sisters rally together against anything that’s thrown their way.

These two books are the retellings you didn’t know you needed and I loved seeing this version of their world.

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About Virginia Kantra

New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of thirty novels. Her stories have earned numerous awards including two Romance Writers of America's RITA (R) Awards, and two National Readers' Choice Awards.

Her work includes the popular Dare Island series, the Children of the Sea series and, in e-book format, The MacNeills stories.

Meg and Jo, a contemporary novel inspired by Little Women, received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the American Library Association's Booklist and was praised by People Magazine.

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