This book is the first of Louisa May Alcott’s novels, unpublished during her lifetime, believed to be written when she was about 17. Although the story lacks the simple realisticness of her published novels, it is still a charming, though somewhat dramatic, tale.
The characters are lords and ladies and are rich and cultured and dramatic. Lady Ida is dark and bitter; Edith is beautiful and kind. Despite the drastic language and actions of the characters, there is something lovely about this story, that has brought me back to it multiple times. Edith truly is beautiful and generous, and this story is possible only because of her sacrificial love. She places all others ahead of herself.
Although this is not a religious tale, it is still very pious, and a lovely example of the Biblical model of reaping what one sows.