Beautiful Retelling!!

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What a wonderful book! I'm a huge fan of Little Women and was actually a bit nervous about reading this because adaptations are notoriously bad at capturing the originals. Yet, I thought this book was extremely well done. It was very much inspired by Louisa May Alcott's novel, but it had many different elements and even ended differently than the original. I like how the sisters also had different names that yielded the nicknames of the original sisters. While it takes place around the same time as the original inspiration, it is a historical fiction that focuses on the Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island, and thus, the occurs there rather than in New England. Unlike the original, racism is a huge influence on the book as the March family, born into slavery, have recently been "freed" but find that racism still exists quite strongly and that the scars they endured while enslaved are not so easily erased. The book is very well written and brings up a lot of good points and perspective. I really enjoyed this one!