Louisa May Alcott: A long fatal love chase. You may not judge a book by the cover but you can often judge a book by the title. Europe mid 19th century. Why does a young and resourceful woman marry and stay married to an obnoxious husband ? Because he is gorgeous ! Only this woman decides not to stay married to him. Alcott explores the darkeness of the victim-stalker relationship writing a book which may be considered the first romance novel in the 20th century meaning of the word.