Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra

Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra

Published:  Dec. 3, 2019 – Berkley

Digital galley courtesy of Berkley and NetGalley

Description: 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.  (publisher)

My take: Meg and Jo is inspired by Little Women and not a retelling. That increased my enjoyment of the novel. Honestly, I read and loved Little Women when I was a ‘tween back in the 1960s but I haven’t revisited in the decades since. Virginia Kantra’s story centers around older siblings Meg and Jo. Meg is married with twin toddlers. Jo lives in NYC, writes a food blog and works in a restaurant. Both sisters are trying to stay in control of the moving parts of their lives. Sometimes they are successful and sometimes not so much. Life will change for both when their mother has a health crisis and needs them to take over the running of the farm until she is well again. This is a family story full of the usual dynamics and challenges. When all the siblings come home they fall back into the rolls they had as young girls. There’s a lot of truth in that – at least I could relate. There are twists and turns and things fall into place perhaps a bit too easily but I liked Meg and Jo and look forward to reading Amy and Beth’s story.


14 thoughts on “Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra

  1. Oh sounds good. I loved Little Women as a young ‘un. And in the past I have enjoyed some of Virginia Kantra’s books. I like a family story and don’t mind if it all falls into place easily!


  2. Hi Mary,

    Like yourself, as a child, I read and enjoyed ‘Little Women’ several times.

    I know you say that this is a modern representation based on the original story, and although personally I don’t particularly enjoy re-writes of the classics, I might have considered it, if the author hadn’t then gone and blown it completely for me, by keeping the original names of the four sisters.

    I would never be able to get past the original writing of the book, so I’m afraid that this is not one for me, but I am pleased that you enjoyed the read and thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂



  3. I’m trying to find your email — would love to send you the Net Galley to another Little Women retelling called Jo & Laurie, publishing June 2 — if you’re interested in receiving, you can email me at stephanieelliot (at) — thanks!
    Megan Beatie Communications


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