Only Gossip Prospers Blog Tour

Pink Umbrella Books is excited to announce the Only Gossip Prospers blog tour, which will run December 10-20, 2019. Interested bloggers should email us at or post in the comments below.


About the Book:

In late 1875 Louisa May Alcott spent a winter in New York City.  Her journals give a rough sketch of the people she met, the salons she attended and a few outings that she enjoyed. She intended to stay “until I am tired of it,” but left abruptly in mid-January.

Filled with biographical references to Louisa’s family, New Yorkers of the time and Alcott’s literary works, Only Gossip Prospers intertwines the real people Louisa met, the actual events of New York City and a host of fictional characters who inhabit a world that Louisa herself would recognize.  Written in a style reminiscent of Alcott’s juvenile fiction and short adventure stories, the book is part historical fiction, part love letter to the charm of 1870s New York and part biography of Louisa and her contemporaries.  Only Gossip Prospers enters the debate that still hovers over Little Women as to what was “real” and what was “made up.” There are some twists and surprises, including one that will satisfy the greatest question left unanswered for fans of Little Women: what really happened between Jo and Laurie?

Only Gossip Prospers mashes together fact and fiction to draw a realistic portrait of Louisa May Alcott at the height of her fame.


About the Author:

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Lorraine Tosiello read Alcott’s Little Women in the first grade—and re-read it again and again throughout most of her childhood.  The book equipped her to set off on a journey of motherhood, traveling, rabble-rousing and work as a physician devoted to medical education and primary care medicine. Rereading Little Women in later adulthood rekindled her Alcott enthusiasm, and years of happy study resulted in her first novel, Only Gossip Prospers. She lives with her husband in midtown Manhattan and at the New Jersey shore.

Only Gossip Prospers Tour Schedule:

December 10: Green Gables Book Reviews

December 11: Louisa May Alcott is my Passion

December 12: The Singing Librarian

December 13: The Mistress of the House Books

December 14: Turning Over a New Leaf

December 15: In the Bookcase

December 16: Older and Smarter

December 17: Let Us Talk Of Many Things

December 18: The Fairy Chamber

December 19: The Reader’s Salon

December 20: A Suitcase Full of Books

5 responses to “Only Gossip Prospers Blog Tour”

  1. Reblogged this on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion and commented:
    This new historical novel on Louisa May Alcott looks promising! Will be reviewing soon.


  2. Lorraine Tosiello Avatar
    Lorraine Tosiello

    Thanks for mentioning it, Susan. I hope it meets your standards on Alcott scholarship! (With a lot of fun thrown in!)


  3. I’d love to be part of this tour!


    1. Pink Umbrella Books Avatar
      Pink Umbrella Books

      Wonderful! Please email us at with your blog information and the date you would prefer and we will mail you a review copy!


  4. […] things Little Women and Louisa so when author Lorraine Tosiello contacted me to participate in a Book Blog Tour for her new book, Only Gossip Prospers, about Louisa May Alcott and her trip to New York City, I […]


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