First Line Friday Featuring: Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra

I have an exciting book to share with you today! If you saw my June TBR & Goals post or if you’ve followed Reviews From the Stacks for a few years, you may know that June is time for the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge hosted by Tarissa of In the Bookcase and that I love this month-long reading challenge! There are so many good books by, about, or otherwise related to Louisa May Alcott. This challenge is the perfect push to read them for myself and a way to read about similar books that others are reading and enjoying (or not enjoying). Even though summer classes, Summer Reading, and other work and life things have me extra busy this summer, I made a short list of books I would like to read for this challenge. Honestly, if I get through one of the books I will be thoroughly happy. Meg & Jo is where I started on this list. Unless something dramatic changes I should definitely finish this book well before the end of the month! Fingers are crossed that I’ll finish it this weekend, actually.

First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!  

The First Line

Our mother taught us girls if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. But Momma wasn’t trying to make it as a food blogger in New York City.

About the Book

Meg and Jo (The March Sisters, #1)

Title: Meg & Jo (The March Sisters #1)

Author: Virginia Kantra

Published: 2019

Synopsis: 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’m currently about halfway through this book, and I’m mostly enjoying it! There are a few…aspects, let’s say, that I’m not entirely onboard with, but since most of it is going so well I’m reserving judgement until the end of the book. Retellings are not always something I like to read, so it’s a bit of a relief to be enjoying Meg & Jo as much as I am. I already can’t wait to start the sequel, Beth & Amy! Tomorrow I’m traveling a few hours for my cousin’s wedding and I intend to take both books, finish the first, and get started on the second. Of course that all depends on how chaotic the trip ends up being, but I’m determined to be optimistic about this!

What are you reading this week? Are there any books you intend to dive into over the weekend?

Until the next chapter,


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