It is interesting to reread a book that one loved as a child. As an adult, you get a different perspective which leads an opinion that is not the same as one had as a child. I did find the book preachy, which I did not remember as a child. This made the first half very difficult to get through. I did appreciate the love triangle and how that resolved itself. I enjoyed the early marriage difficulties of Meg and John and completely related to those chapters. However, I questioned Beth's death. What did she die of? Were any doctors consulted? How could a family just let someone wither away without trying some remedies? I remember crying over this part as a young girl. However, as an adult, I had to many unanswered questions to even feel sad.