Monday, May 3, 2021

Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra

(Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

Four sisters face new beginnings in this heartfelt modern take on Little Women by New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra. 

Amy March is more like her older sister Jo than she'd like to admit. An up-and-coming designer in New York's competitive fashion industry, ambitious Amy is determined to get out of her sisters' shadow and keep her distance from their North Carolina hometown. But when Jo's wedding forces her home, she must face what she really wants...and confront the One Big Mistake that could upend her life and forever change her relationship with Jo.

Gentle, unassuming Beth grew up as the good girl of the family. A talented singer-songwriter, she's overcome her painful anxiety to tour with country superstar Colt Henderson. But life on the road has taken its toll on her health and their relationship. Maybe a break to attend her sister's wedding will get her out of her funk. But Beth realizes that what she's looking for and what she needs are two very different things....

With the March women reunited, this time with growing careers and families, they must once again learn to lean on one another as they juggle the changes coming their way.

my thoughts:

Little Women is one of my favorite stories, so I was really excited to hear about Kantra's novel, Beth & Amy. It's her second retelling of Little Women characters - the first being, Meg & Jo. I've already added that book to my TBR list. As for Beth & Amy, well, let me just say that I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy and dive right in. I just loved the idea of a retelling about some of my favorite literary characters - how fun! 

Beth & Amy has us meeting up with the March family.  Jo is getting married and the sisters must head home for the big event. Amy is a fashion designer in NYC and she is ambitious and determined to make a name for herself in such a competitive and cutthroat industry. She's not thrilled about going home, especially when the reason has to do with Jo's ex.  As for Beth, she's a singer-songwriter who is on tour with Colt Henderson, a country superstar.  It's exciting, but also exhausting.  Beth recognizes that maybe going home for Jo's wedding will give her the break she needs.  So, the family descends on their family home and soon find themselves caught up with each other and struggling to keep secrets, deal with unexpected revelations, and so much more. Talk about family drama! 

Kantra has created an engaging, sweet retelling that will captivate you from the start. I just loved the writing, the characters, and the storylines - it was all such fun to read. I can't wait to read Meg & Jo - I just know that I'm in for a treat. 

I would happily recommend this book to fans of Kantra and fans of Little Women - you will fall in deep with this book.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

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