Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: The Time Garden

This week my teaser lines come from The Time Garden, Edward Eager's 1958 fantasy for young readers. It's the follow-up to his Knight's Castle, and I just finished reading both of them for the first time.

In the book, cousins Ann, Roger, and Eliza have discovered a magic garden that allows them to travel around in time and space, meeting both real and literary figures. In this snippet, they're in Civil War-era Concord, Massachusetts, meeting up with the characters from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. And I should probably add that if you've never read Alcott's classic, or don't know much about it, this might be a bit of a spoiler.
...in the book Beth dies, and there isn't much you can do about people who die in books except hope their days were happy though numbered, and that it was worth it. As for Amy, neither Ann and Roger and Eliza nor anyone else has ever yet forgiven her for marrying Laurie in the end, when anyone could tell he was meant for Jo! (p.87, paperback edition)
Well, I'm not so sure about that. If Jo had married Laurie, there never would have been a Little Men, and as a child I loved that sequel even more than Little Women.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


  1. Nice cover and tease. Didn't know there were spin offs for children of Little Women.

  2. I love the idea of characters from different books meeting and connecting. This one sounds good! And I agree that Jo did the right thing in her marriage choice!


  3. Nice teaser. Thanks for sharing.

    My Teaser is a little different and based on author Olivia Cunning who is over at my blog today giving away free books.

    Jessica @ Laugh Love Write

  4. What a wonderful teaser! I will check it out. EVeryweek my tbr pile keep getting longer!

    Here is my Teaser Tuesday: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie post!

  5. Fun. I'll have to check into this one.

  6. Good teaser, and an interesting premise.

  7. Very interesting.


  8. Though I did read Little Women a time or two, I never did seem to get round to Little Men. Might have to correct that one of these days...

  9. Thanks for visiting Starting the Next Chapter. I had never heard of Edward Eager's books, so thanks for posting this teaser. :) Have a great day.

  10. Great concept for the books. I'll have to check them out. I loved the reference to Little Women.

    My group's teasers are here: Quirky Girls Read

  11. I just read this book for the first time a couple of months ago. When my 11 dd read the book, she thought that particular line was great, since she can't get over the fact that Jo and Laurie didn't get married. I told her she would have to read Little Men and then she would see that Jo married the right person.

    My teaser comes for An Irish Country Courtship.

  12. Thank you for visiting my blog! I appreciate it. :-)

    The Time Garden sounds great! Love the cover too. Thanks for a nice teaser!


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