Rose in Bloom

Rose in Bloom

by Louisa May Alcott
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Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

Today's readers may instantly associate the name Louisa May Alcott with Little Women, but the Massachusetts-born writer composed a vast number of novels over the course of her career, many of which are just as engaging as the beloved story of the four March sisters. Rose in Bloom is a sequel to an earlier Alcott novel, Eight Cousins; it follows the protagonist Rose as she makes the transition to adulthood and broaches the turbulent waters of courtship and marriage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780448023663
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/1971
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, and began her writing career at an early age, with short stories for newspapers and magazines. What began as a series of stories in the 1860s became the classic American children's novel we know today as Little Women.

Table of Contents

1 Coming Home
2 Old Friends with New Faces
3 Miss Campbell
4 Thorns Among the Roses
5 Prince Charming
6 Polishing Mac
7 Phebe
8 Breakers Ahead
9 New Year's Calls
10 The Sad and Sober Part
11 Small Temptations
12 At Kitty's Ball
13 Both Sides
14 Aunt Clara's Plan
15 Alas for Charlie!
16 Good Works
17 Among the Haycocks
18 Which Was It?
19 Behind the Fountain
20 What Mac Did
21 How Phebe Earned Her Welcome
22 Short and Sweet

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Rose in Bloom 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
joJM More than 1 year ago
Rose In Bloom was a great sequel to Eight Cousins which you must read first. I could not put the book down and felt so close to the characters in the book. Of course look at the author it tells you how good this book was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for people of all ages because it is very clean. Make sure you read Eight Cousins first or you won't understand a thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible scan - most words have typos. practically indecipherable.
Elinor_D_Ferrars More than 1 year ago
Rose in Bloom is perhaps my favourite Louisa May Alcott novel. Although it is generally prefered by younger girls, its wholesome sweetness befits it for a girl or woman of any age. One rarely finds such pure, innocent romances nowadays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would compare this story the equal to jane eyre. Amore pure and interesting love story could not have been better written, in my opinion and i gladly recommend this little story to young and old alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not read more than a few pages, if the book was scanned where did the typos come from? If someone typed it, why wasn't it spell checked? Don't bother with this version!!!
Meg_Espey More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book was simply written. It also has good advice even for today. I loved that she ends up with the "right" man. I was hoping he would win her and he does! This is probably my favorite Alcott book next to Little Women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who knew she would marry mac? I thought it would be charlie or Uncle alec.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, except for the little errors.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Rose in Bloom is a beautiful gem of a book, penned by the same hand which authored the time-honored novel Little Women. This is the sequel to the charming volume entitled Eight Cousins. A more "grown-up" Rose Campbell returns to her family clan after travelling around the world with her friend Phebe as companion. I love this book because Rose in independent, yet desires to serve others. Suffice it to say, she is a good role model for girls. I found her to be very much selfless. Even though Rose possesses personal wealth, she wishes not to shower herself with glories but to disperse it to those less fortunate. Creating a lifestyle considered progressive for a woman (especially in the 1800s), Rose in blooming into a mature woman of society with tender confidence. Since I cannot describe Miss Rose Campbell as well as the author once did, here's a direct picture of our blossoming heroine: "Not a remarkably gifted girl in any way, and far from perfect; full of all manner of youthful whims and fancies; a little spoiled by much love; rather apt to think all lives as safe and sweet as her own; and, when want or pain appealed to her, the tender heart overflowed with a remorseful charity which gave of its abundance recklessly. Yet, with all her human imperfections, the upright nature of the child kept her desires climbing toward the just and pure and true, as flowers struggle to the light; and the woman's soul was budding beautifully under the green leaves behind the little thorns." (Chapter 3, Rose in Bloom) With her seven male cousins surrounding her, along with the odd assortment of various aunts and uncles, there are many who desire to see Rose grow. They cherish her presence among themselves and attempt to flatter her at every turn. Advances in love flourish as Rose once again settles among the people she knows best in the world. Phebe Moore, Rose's befriended maid, too is experiencing her own way of making it into society -- only through a different course. Her life has always been destined to contrast Rose's, as her place on the social ladder started out on a much lower rung. Quickly she is learning how to climb higher though, and soon wins the heart of a familiar face, without intended design. However, the social implications simply couldn't converge for a winning marriage. So what can a girl do? As usual, Louisa May Alcott has written another charming book. The story contains many good life lessons. As Rose tries life out on her own, sometimes becoming a bit too daring or risky with her choices, she soon makes her way back and settles into routine. In essence, the reader learns much of Victorian idealism and traditions of young adults during that time. I did so enjoy getting to catch glimpses of what all of those Eight Cousins became as they turn into adults. In closing, enjoy some advice on life from dearest cousin, Mac Campbell ("the Worm" was always my favorite of Rose's cousins anyway): "I have my dreams and aspirations, and some of them are pretty high ones. Aim at the best, you know, and keep climbing if you want to get on." (Chapter 2, Rose in Bloom)
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I really am horrified at this book. Why jumble words! I have to delete this from my library, its so bad. L alcott is awesome. Make a more readable copy please.
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This is such a pure and beautiful book. I would give it five stars accept there are a ton of typos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She actually has 7 cousins,she is the 8th
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Goldemn oldie
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