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Rose in Bloom (Eight Cousins #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  17,884 Ratings  ·  414 Reviews present you this new edition. As authors may be supposed to know better than anyone else what they intended to do when writing a book, I beg leave to say that there is no moral to this story. Rose is not designed for a model girl, and the Sequel was simply written in fulfillment of a promise, hoping to afford some amusement, and perhaps here and there a helpful ...more
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Published October 26th 2002 by (first published 1876)
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Aug 04, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For many years (until I read Jane Eyre the second time), this was my absolute favorite book. It is perhaps the reason I love 'nerds.' While many women grew up loving Mr. Darcy, I grew up loving Mac. He was my ideal love interest. He suffered long and noblely for love of Rose and I admired that with all of my little heart. I dreamed of being Rose. Of course, I would have accepted him at once instead of stringing him along so. ;) Regardless, after over fifteen readings (wearing out my old copy so ...more
Sep 25, 2008 Cozette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked Alcott's Rose series much better than the Little Women series.
Maya Irena
Mar 20, 2011 Maya Irena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-most, classics
Well, what can I say? Instead I'll quote Miranda's fist diary entry from The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, "Today, I fell in love." since it was the first thing that crossed my mind after I finished reading this book.

FYI, I've never had a fictional crush before, no matter how perfect the heroes are I still didn't feel anything for them. I'm not crushing on the perfect Mr. Darcy, and I am definitely annoyed with a certain vampire-you know who-out there instead of squealing at the mentio
So, I kinda thought the preaching was done when I started this one. Rose is grown up, she and Phebe and Uncle Alec have just returned from a year abroad, where Phebe has trained to be a singer. Now Rose is ready to be launched on society, and most of the boy cousins are grown.

It starts out very promising, and though I never normally root for cousins to marry, here you're rooting for Rose to choose one of her brilliant cousins and live happily ever after. But of course it's not that easy. First
I have several aunts who are readers. And they have always looked after me when it comes to sending books they think I'd like my way. Particularly during my formative reading years. To this day, many of the books nearest and dearest to my heart came to me in the mail from one of my aunts. When I was twelve or so, my Aunt Becky sent me a lesser known book (which I had never heard of) by a very well known author (which I had). The book was ROSE IN BLOOM and it was actually the first book I ever re ...more
Alisha Trenalone
Sep 22, 2009 Alisha Trenalone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is a comfort read, one I've always had warm feelings for.

Rose in Bloom picks up a few years after Eight Cousins. Rose is around 20 now, and returning from a trip abroad with Uncle and Phebe. Naturally, everyone assumes that she will marry soon, but she wants to look around a little first and do something worthwhile.

She settles on philanthropy as a career, but not before trying some of the pleasures of the high life, the parties and late nights of frivolous society. This does her no real ha
Louisa May Alcott's novels are perfect reading for children. Her heroines are great role models for girls. And her stories are very real, and also very charming and innocent.

Rose in Bloom, the sequel to Eight Cousins, should serve as a guidebook for every young lady. It is a story of Rose, an orphan, who goes to live with her uncle and seven boy cousins. Her uncle "experiments" with raising her up and the result is a lovely young woman. Rose in Bloom is a "coming of age" novel. As Rose matures i
This has a vague spoiler in it. Fair warning.

Much as I love Eight Cousins, I find my pleasure in Rose in Bloom lessens as I age. Not so much for the 'preachiness' of the virtues you find in all of her books- they are, after all, meant to be pleasant ways to learn to be a good person. But I felt her decision to remove the one love interest from the story was taking the easy way out in resolving both the love triangle and that character's personal faults. Most of Alcott's books deal with the loss
In my somewhat limited experience, all Alcott's main characters are exactly the same. I swear you couldn't tell them apart. I also swear that one of the matronly women in this book had the same line regarding her children as Jo did in that peasant festival Jo's Boys.

But regardless of the lack of originality, I gave up trying to like this book when the rich and nearly perfect and naturally gorgeous and abysmally dull Rose has multiple men literally throwing themselves at her.

Just as a note, I d
Childhood classic. My grandmother had it tucked away when we came through on a cross Canada trip, and offered it to me. The book had a broken top cover, but I didn't care. Owning any book was like owning a jewel.
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
Sep 17, 2016 Julia (Shakespeare and Such) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of other classic children's lit who also enjoy some romance
4/5 stars

The ridiculously slow pace at which I read this book might seem like evidence to the contrary, but I enjoyed this book so much more than the first! Eight Cousins was cute, it was very sweet and I think it gave a very necessary introduction to the personalities and relationships between the characters of this story, but in retrospect that entire book just feels like a setup for this story to be told.

I think much of what I said in my review for Eight Cousins holds true for this book as we
Jun 02, 2015 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 p
May 14, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I first read this sequel to Eight Cousins when I was 12 years old. I didn't realize it at the time, but it was my first romance novel. Rose is 20 now, and has just returned from a 2-year trip abroad with Uncle Alec and her friend Phebe. All the boys, save Jamie, are grown men now, and Rose feels awkward when she realizes the aunts expect her to marry one of her cousins. (Ick, but I guess this was OK among the wealthy Victorians, to keep the fortune in the family.)

I adored and admired Rose when
Mar 10, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who know and like Louisa May Alcott
Shelves: children-s, fluff, series
As a twenty-year-old who read Bridget Jones's Diary not too many months ago, Rose in Bloom contained some serious culture shock. It’s been ages since I read Little Women or Eight Cousins, and I had completely forgotten how Alcott is so very… pure. The narrator’s moral judgment is unassailable. Though Alcott’s forward claims “there is no moral to this story,” the moral just can’t help itself: Alcott’s views on morality, education, and character soak through every fiber of the story. She has very ...more
Laura Rogers
Apr 23, 2009 Laura Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made a deep impression on my as a child and it was one of the only books that made me cry as a child. This is the sequal to, "Eight Cousins". As an adult, I am sure I would find it over sentimental, but, I loved it so as a child, that I must still recommend it. Sweet and endearing - give it a try.

I was right, I read this last week - the first time since childhood.
It is very sentimental and borderline annoying to read as an adult. Rose is too good. While my childhood self found much to
The adult me 3-stars it. The younger me would have given 5-stars. I'll meet in the middle
What I like in this book?

1. Sweetness. That kind of narration which one finds in Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery and Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey. And if one feels the need to sweeten a day one should take one of their books.

2. A story about growing up, becoming adult, first love and so on. Although I felt a few times it was a bit too much exaggerated in some points. Nonetheless, I forgive it because I see a bigger purpose.

But, I have made one mistake. I have read it after Eight Cousins. I thi
Genre: Classics/Children’s Literature

The audio for this novel was very nice. The novel itself was just slightly disappointing after Eight Cousins, although it’s hard to pinpoint why I feel that way. This is the sequel to Eight Cousins and follows Rose and Pheobe’s trials and experiments as young adults. I guess I feel like the novel took the easy way out by killing Charlie before Rose had to decide if she could or would love him. As she says later, it would’ve been a bad match even without his d
Laura Verret
Jul 11, 2009 Laura Verret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fiction
This is my favorite of Louisa May Alcott’s many novels. This book, the sequel to Eight Cousins, surpassed it’s forerunner in wit, character studies, contrasts , and over-all enjoyableness. The reader is reintroduced into the realm of Rose Campbell, a rich, young orphan, and her seven boy cousins. As each character matures, Alcott weaves an intricate chain of tragedy, romance, and humor, culminating as Rose chooses which of her cousins she will marry. It is filled with fun quotes from other famo ...more
Dec 05, 2016 Marklessgirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so I just wrote a full review of this and it was deleted when I posted it. I'm a little annoyed.
Susan Taitel
Imagine if Beth had been the central character of Little Women. Imagine also that she had a fortune, several ardent suitors, and not the grace to die halfway through the book.
Davina W.
Lousia May Alcott never fails to inspire the noblest parts of my soul and motivates me to strive for the best things.
This one was more romantic than the other books I've read from her, but very wise and thought-provoking. I understand that people might think parts of her writing preachy and sometimes even schmaltzy, but one has to understand it was written in another time. But though it was written in another time and for a particular audience, I feel it has to say so much to everybody in our t
Jun 12, 2015 Netta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't the worst book, but to me was far less enjoyable than Little Women, which is probably what brings most readers to LMA's other books. Rose, the heroine, was less realistic and multidimensional than she was in Eight Cousins, the predecessor to this book. LMA must have realized how sickeningly perfect her portrayal of Rose is, since she goes out of her way in the preface to point out that Rose isn't supposed to be an example of a "model" woman, despite the fact that she very much comes of ...more
“Creating a Moral and Social Utopia”

In true Alcott form this charmingly saccharine novel picks up two years after EIGHT COUSINS, when Rose and the former housemaid, Phebe, have returned from travels abroad with benevolent and nearly perfect Dr. Alec, Rose’s godfather. Once again it is wise for readers to create notes for the various branches of the extensive Campbell family tree; otherwise it is hard to keep straight which aunts belong to which uncles—never mind which masculine cousins belong
Dec 28, 2016 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Eight Cousins. I was excited to read this book and continue my adventures with Rose and her Campbell cousins. This book begins when Rose and her cousins are now young adults. She has just returned from a two year trip around the world with Phoebe and Uncle Alec. Rose is twenty when she returns to the Aunt Hill. This story has a different feel to it. More mature. It is definitely a coming of age novel. There is a love triangle. There is tragedy. T ...more
Lydia Dyslin
Aug 24, 2015 Lydia Dyslin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason it took me absolutely forever to get through Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom especially.
Alright, onto the actual review. I'm doing a new format here, where I'll talk about points of the story (characters, plot, etc). It'll make it more organized and I'll get to review it more thoroughly.

Characters: So, Rose was sweet and lovable. She was all grown up but she still felt like Rose from the first book, not some entirely different character we were just meeting.
Jill Archie
Mar 26, 2014 Jill Archie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott brings me back to who I hope to be. The story is simple, yet profound. You could take the characters of this story, Rose and the wide array of supporting characters and be entertained with the stories, the love, the tears, the laughter of all the lives involved, or you can let the simplicity of the story change your life like it has mine. Rose heroically lives her life, fighting between her heart and her head, and the pressure to please those around her. She is ...more
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
The first Louisa May Alcott book read since "Little Women" way back as a "tween." As a high schooler, I think I was the right age to appreciate this book. Troubles with superficial friends, temptation to read books that parents or guardians don't want you to, wanting to make a difference with your life, using your gifts for good, trying to discover your heart and letting yourself fall in love ... Even though written nearly 100 years ago, Rose was going through a lot of things girls everywhere do ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Keep good company, read good books, love good things, and cultivate soul and body as faithfully and wisely as I can."

" I believe that it is as much a right and a duty for women to do something with their lives as for men, and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us," cried Rose with kindling eyes. "I mean what I say, and you cannot laugh me down. Would you be contented to be told to enjoy yourself for a little while, then marry and do nothing more till you d
Tamara Vallejos
Sep 02, 2014 Tamara Vallejos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I love a book when tears spring to my eyes upon reading the final sentence. And that totally happened here. A far more substantial and well-written book than "Eight Cousins" (which is still great in its own right), this sequel has everything I'd want in a book by the author who brought us "Little Women." In "Eight Cousins," Alcott planted a very tiny seed and it was amazing to see it grow in "Rose in Bloom." When what I wanted so badly to happen finally happened—on literally the final pag ...more
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Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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