New Release Spotlight: Marmee by Sarah Miller

Happy release day to Sarah Miller’s latest book! This novel focuses on the matriarch of the March family from Little Women, and I’m always up for a good Little Women tie-in. Miller’s previous book Caroline, retold the story of the Ingalls family of Little House on the Prairie from the mother’s perspective, and it has been on my to-read list since its publication in 2017 (I truly did not realize it had been that long!). The reviews seem to be overwhelmingly positive and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

About the Book

Title: Marmee

Author: Sarah Miller

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: In 1861, war is raging in the South, but in Concord, Massachusetts, Margaret March has her own battles to fight. With her husband serving as an army chaplain, the comfort and security of Margaret’s four daughters– Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy–now rest on her shoulders alone. Money is tight and every month, her husband sends less and less of his salary with no explanation. Worst of all, Margaret harbors the secret that these financial hardships are largely her fault, thanks to a disastrous mistake made over a decade ago which wiped out her family’s fortune and snatched away her daughters’ chances for the education they deserve.

Yet even with all that weighs upon her, Margaret longs to do more–for the war effort, for the poor, for the cause of abolition, and most of all, for her daughters. Living by her watchwords, “Hope and keep busy,” she fills her days with humdrum charity work to keep her worries at bay. All of that is interrupted when Margaret receives a telegram from the War Department, summoning her to her husband’s bedside in Washington, D.C. While she is away, her daughter Beth falls dangerously ill, forcing Margaret to confront the possibility that the price of her own generosity toward others may be her daughter’s life.

A stunning portrait of the paragon of virtue known as Marmee, a wife left behind, a mother pushed to the brink, a woman with secrets.

Have you read any of Sarah Miller’s books? And, do you have a favorite Little Women adaptation? I’ve read (and watched) so many good ones (and a few terrible ones) that it’s hard for me to pick.

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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