I was thrilled when I was contacted by Trish from TLC Book Tours about this book. “Life lessons from Jane Austin to Laura Ingalls Wilder.” LAURA INGALLS WILDER! I love her! Then I checked the chapter list and saw Anne Shirley, Scarlett O’Hara and Jane Eyre – I was hooked before I read the first chapter.
So, the book has 12 essays (chapters), each with a lesson from a specific heroine. For example, from Jo March from Little Women, we learn about Ambition. While Scout Finch from the To Kill a Mockingbird gives a lesson in Compassion. I found each woman’s life, and that of her ‘literary daughter’ very inspirational, sometimes funny, and sometimes heartbreaking. And there is always something of the author in each character they write about – some more than others in certain cases.
One aspect of the book I appreciated is that at the end of each chapter, Erin Blakemore gives scenarios when reading each book will be most enlightening as well as the character’s ‘literary sister’ who is similar to her. This has given me a huge number of books to add to my wishlist.
I admit that I’ve only read 7 of the 12 books mentioned. A few others have been watched on film. This didn’t keep me from enjoying the lesson. You don’t have to have read them all to appreciate the entire book. Nor did I find what I’d call a ‘spoiler’ in those chapters about characters I wasn’t familiar with.
It’s a quick, easy and wonderful read. I sat down with my coffee, got sucked in and the pages melted away in no time. Or perhaps I was so engrossed I just forgot about the time. I think a little bit of both 🙂