The Other Alcott: A Novel by Elsie Hooper 5/5 ☆
I have been seeing this book on Instagram, and I couldn’t resist not adding a library hold to it. Not being familiar with the Alcott’s, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Right away, I was drawn into the life of May and the relationships that surrounded her.
This story follows May Alcott, the youngest sister to Louisa May Alcott who wrote Little Women. In this story, we see May journey to find herself and do what she wants – even if it means backlash occurs in the family. This is a story of sisterhood and finding your life calling.
Hooper creates a plot with just enough tension to always keep the audience entertained. May’s life is interesting, but coupled with Hooper’s writing, her story is made marvelous. I enjoyed how she developed the characters and relationships in the novel. This wasn’t only a novel about sisterly bonds but of friendship, too. Her use of vivid detail and language helps give the readers the sense that they are in Concord, London, Paris, and Rome with May. She does not hold back on the use of her details, and it makes her story that much stronger.
I enjoyed how Hooper chose this Alcott sister to write about. May’s life doesn’t revolve around romance, and it was refreshing to read a historical fiction novel that didn’t have a love story central to the plot. With her writing, though, a romance wouldn’t have been bad.
Please go get this book and read it. Find it at a library or purchase a copy. You won’t regret reading this. If you are a fan of the Alcott’s already – this story is for you. If you want a historical fiction novel about a woman making her way the way she wants – this story is for you. If you like historical fiction in general – this story is for you. I will have to get a copy of this novel for my personal library. It’s one I could read over and over again and not grow tired of it.