Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A Hopeful Heart by Deborah Noyes - OPTIONAL

A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women by Deborah Noyes
, 267 pages. BIOGRAPHY. Schwartz and Wade Books, 2020. $ 19

Language: G (0swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G ; Violence: G



Louisa May Alcott grew up the daughter of a transcendentalist father, Bronson Alcott. Among her father’s many friends such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa learned to love the world of thought and writing. She spent most of her life in poverty due to her father’s lack of financial motivations. She tired being a teacher to bring in money for the family, but her heart was set on earning her living from writing. 

Although Deborah Noyes used many delightful quotes from the life of Louis May Alcott, her writing of the story is tedious and insipid for the most part. The story takes on a blandness and the book trod from year to year through her life. I did enjoy learning that she felt romantically inclined towards a few men, including a European “romance”. I also thought it interesting how she came about writing “Little Women”, which is still classed as a number one book for young women and ranks with Harry Potter. 

Reviewer: MOMMAC 

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