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eARC Book Review | Beth & Amy

April 7, 2021
Jess holding two books while sitting on couch. Guitar hanging on wall above with plant next to couch.

By Virginia Kantra

Do you enjoy classic retellings? Are you a fan of Little Women? If you answered “yes” to both, you most assuredly need to check out this upcoming book!

Goodreads Description:

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.

Last year I had the absolute pleasure of reading Virginia Kantra’s book Meg & Jo, modern retelling of the classic novel Little Women from the sole perspectives of Meg and Jo March. I loved the artistic liberties Kantra took with her retelling and the fantastic imagery she brought.

When I saw she was writing a sequel to the story for Beth and Amy, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy.

Beth & Amy did not disappoint (and Kantra had some competition with herself because I loved the first book). In all honesty, I enjoyed this book more than Meg & Jo. Not from anything Kantra did differently, but more so because I believe I enjoyed these sisters’s journey more.

Virginia Kantra has a beautiful way of writing and completely sucks you in to this book, making you feel like one of the March sisters. I loved that this book gave the perspectives of not only Beth and Amy, but their mother Abby as well! It’s a story of family, love, heart break, and finding your true self.

Have I raved enough about Virginia Kantra as a writer yet? No? Well let me continue, then!

I need to give serious kudos to Kantra because I read Little Women as a child and adult, have read multiple retellings, and have watched both movies. I have never been a huge fan of Amy March. Beth & Amy forced me to look deeper into Amy’s character and Amy is now probably one of my favorite characters ever written in a book!

Beth & Amy is creative, brilliant, thoughtful, and endearing.

The anticipated Publication Date is May 25, 2021. Thank you author Virginia Kantra and Publisher Penguin Random House for this gifted ebook in exchange for an honest review.

TW: family dynamics, eating disorders, separation

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