I received a complimentary egalley of BETH & AMY by Virginia Kantra. Thank you to Berkeley Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review! I had the opportunity to read MEG & JO by Virginia Kantra when it came out in 2019, so I was excited to get the opportunity to read this follow up!
Publication Date: 5/25/2021
Rating: 4 / 5
BETH & AMY brings back the March sisters from LITTLE WOMEN, setting their lives in the modern day. This book focuses in on the younger two sisters. Amy is an artist with a growing company called Baggage. Her bags have become popular after gracing the shoulders of some high profile women. She is faced with figuring out how to grow the business. Amy’s personal life is a bit more of a struggle. She has long been in love with the boy next door who also happens to be her sister Jo’s ex.
Unlike in the original classic, Beth survives childhood, but she is struggling with her health, physical and mental. Trigger warnings for her story for eating disorders. Beth is a songwriter and she’s been on the road with her boyfriend performing, but she’s not comfortable on stage and her health has been deteriorating. Like Amy, she returns home for her sister’s wedding, but then stays to get back on her feet.
This was an overall fun read and I especially enjoyed Amy’s story. I found her the most relatable with her desire to find a balance for her family life, her business, and herself. I appreciated that she was able to stand up for herself in situations and I enjoyed the path her storyline took.
Beth’s story was also I think handled well. Her story did have some uncomfortable moments, but that was very realistic for all that she was going through. I really felt back for her as she sometimes got lost in the shuffle as she didn’t always seek to make her voice heard. I did really appreciate her character growth in the end and I think the conclusion to her story that the author brings about was a good one.
BETH & AMY was a fun read and a great follow up to MEG & JO. I think that fans of LITTLE WOMEN will especially appreciate the author’s version of the iconic characters brought into the present day!