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Rose in Bloom (Eight Cousins #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  15,249 ratings  ·  351 reviews
For a time everything went smoothly, and Rose was a happy girl. The world seemed a beautiful and friendly place, and fulfillment of her brightest dreams appeared to be a possibility. Of course this could not last, and disappointment was inevitable, because young eyes look for a Paradise and weep when they find a workaday world which seems full of care and trouble till one ...more
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Rachel
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
Cozette
I actually liked Alcott's Rose series much better than the Little Women series.
Angie
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
Maya Irena
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
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Laura Rogers
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
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Devra
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
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Tracy
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
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Katharine
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
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Sbuchler
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
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Tarissa
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
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Elevetha
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
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The Artist Librarian (Jen)
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
Stephanie
Mar 10, 2010 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who know and like Louisa May Alcott
Shelves: series, children-s, fluff
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
Julia
Another re-read of a book beloved in childhood. While I'm certainly not loving it as much now as I did back then, I have to say that the author set up a reasonable situation in which at least the men (boys, really) are all too human. I wish she'd done the same with her heroine who is a bit too perfect for my taste. (LMA started the trend of rich and beautiful young heroines that star in almost every crappy novel written since.) At least she longs for frivolities and pretty things, even as she re ...more
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.
Allison Young
What a sweet book! The beginning wasn't too promising, as Alcott did a great deal of preaching on her lifestyle views (rather different than those in Little Women, by the way), as she did in Eight Cousins. But by the end, though, I was smiling ear-to-ear at nearly every scene. The romance that finally wins out is ... amazing. It is what really made me like the book. The hero might be my favorite ever, and the romance is funny, tender, surprising, deep, awkward, noble, joyful, and satisfying. It ...more
Netta
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
Ruth
I just finished this, the sequel to "Eight Cousins," which was also very sweet and ideal in only the way an author like L. M. Alcott could do it. This one, however, showed a few more layers and put all the characters through more trials. True, it's still an idealist's story, but in our complicated and jaded age, it's a breath of fresh air to read a tale of hopeful moralism, a lovely and pure story of romance and optimism. Rose's foibles are amusing to read about because they seem so tame compare ...more
Rachel
Love this book! It will make you laugh and cry, and root for the lovers. As an adult, I love reading the sections about the right kind of love and the wrong kind of love, and seeing Rose try to figure hers out. Oh and seeing all the boys grow up and find out what they are meant to do is fun! Old-Fashioned Girl is my favorite LMA, but this is a close number two.
Kiersten
A wonderful classic....

I have read this book many times, and every time I find something I missed before!!!! This book is beautifully and magnificently created. (No offense to modern writers because I love your books too
Ann
Oh how I love this book. I loved and still love Eight Cousins, but this sequel where Rose is all grown up and trying to deal with life and love, her family and her friends...is just delightful. Rose is a real girl, no angel or paragon of virtue and unbearable beauty here. She's not possessed of any super-talents or even mini-talents [ such as Anne or even Emily over in L.M. Montgomery land ]has money which attracts the wrong sort to woo her fair hand and enough boy cousins to choke an ostrich. H ...more
Laura
This is my favorite of Louisa May Alcott's books. It always has been. I'm glad to see it held up my hopes.

In a way, it's a book about choices. Rose is growing up and has to choose the way her life will go. Will she choose the good boy or the wild boy? What will her life's occupation be? Will she choose a life of luxurious idleness (as she could because she was an heiress) or will she *gasp* get a job? Which charities will she support?

As she works through her choices, the reader learns with her.
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Perry Whitford
Rose Campbell is a pretty and high-minded heiress of twenty, returning to America after two years in Europe with her uncle and guardian Dr Alec to be reunited with her various aunts and all seven of her male cousins, who she used to play with as a young girl.

She is no longer a girl though but a full grown woman, and a few of her cousins are also grown and find themselves looking at Rose in a new light. Most notably she attracts the interest of the Campbell clan's beau, handsome 'Prince' Charlie,
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Hannah
*sigh* I gave this book a one not because it was poorly written but from sheer personal bias--Charlie is my ABSOLUTE favorite character, so yeah...
Tamara Vallejos
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
Roanne Araneta
this is the kind of romantic story i want to read and i won't get sick of it. never.
Jill Archie
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
Miss Clark
I liked this far better than most of the books we had to read for reports or analyses. But that doesn't mean that I necessarily liked it.

Rose, lucky, fortunate Rose, has just returned from two years abroad traveling the world and having adventures. Immediately upon returning to the family home, she is expected to marry one of her cousins. Rose has other ideas. She wants to discover who she is and what she wants before get married. Thanks to her sizable inheritance, she does not have to bow to fa
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Rachel
Rose in Bloom is the sequel story to Eight Cousins, told 2 years later. Rose, Phebe, and Uncle Alec come home from their European travels with the girls all grown up into womanhood, to find the boy cousins to also have grown into full manhood and each in their own occupations and ambitions of the world. Rose comes home to the temptation and struggles of love and romance, fashion, and all the pleasures of youth. After the many years of serious study, she decides to try a little experiment of “lea ...more
Claire West
My thoughts:

I liked this book, a lot. I thought it was sweet, but not too sweet.

I thought the characters were lovable, and the romances both heartwarming and believable.

I liked hearing about Rose going to parties and experiencing a "normal life."

It was a good book. I loved Mac. He has all the qualities in a man that I admire. I love him. He's perfect. :D

I also loved seeing the cousins mature and grow up to become strong men (and woman). (view spoiler)
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As A. M. Barnard:
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)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

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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