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Rose in Bloom: A Sequel to Eight Cousins (Eight Cousins #2)

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In this sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose Campbell returns to the "Aunt Hill" after two years of traveling around the world. Suddenly, she is surrounded by male admirers, all expecting her to marry them. But before she marries anyone, Rose is determined to establish herself as an independent young woman. Besides, she suspects that some of her friends like her more for her mone

Hardcover, 302 pages
Published September 8th 1995 by Little Brown and Company (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
Apr 07, 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
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
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
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
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
Laura Rogers
Dec 02, 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
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.
Lydia Dyslin
Sep 05, 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.
Dec 22, 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
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
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
And who will Rose end up with? Will it be bookish Mac, steady and good Archie, Charlie with all his tumult? Louisa leads us down many possibilities.
I devoured this book, I loved this book.
Two good quotes:
a parent's perspective on releasing their grown child, "I've done my best to fit Rose for what may come, as far as I can foresee it; but now she must stand alone, and all my care is powerless to keep her heart from aching, her life from being saddened by mistakes, or thwarted by the acts of othe
Jill Archie
May 14, 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
Jessica Baumgartner
Apr 22, 2016 Jessica Baumgartner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Had me hooked at the preface:
"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 hint to other Roses getting ready to bloom." -L.M. Alcott
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
Tamara Vallejos
Sep 11, 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
Allison Young
Oct 27, 2014 Allison Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
June Geiger
The Eight Cousins are older now, and of course their experiences reflect it. Think Harry and Ron and Hermione in Goblet of Fire, times 3. Come to think of it there's a BALL in Rose in Bloom! (Remember the spectacular Yule Ball in Goblet?) Rose is, in fact, marriagable age now, so wonderful happenings are bound to win out over setbacks, just as they should for impressionable girls (and grownups) reading any Alcott novel. I'll let you call it predictable IF you please promise to call it predictabl ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than its prequel Eight Cousins. A cheery love story. (If you can get past the cultural weirdness that she is to choose from a cousin to marry...)
3 to 3.5 Stars

I love old-fashioned coming-of-age stories. I dream of the idyllic, romanticised lifestyles portrayed in them; the charming values and slower, steadier pace of life.

But, call me a tad cynical or jaded, "idealised" and "romanticised" are exactly the words I'd use to describe the utopia characters like Rose, in the Eight Cousins books, and Anne, in the Anne of Green of Green Gables books, live in.

Rose in Bloom, especially, while not lacking in warm, cosy and feel-good moments (and
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
Lia Marcoux
Ah, for that time in a young woman's life when she gets hot, starts complaining about the burden of being rich, and chooses which first cousin to marry! Though it's pretty apparent from the start which one it's going to be. It's definitely going to be one of 'em, and it's the one whom she compares most frequently to an even closer relative! Ewww. I know tastes have changed, but Alcott typically feels modern enough that that funny business seems extra funny. Also, there's some comic relief in the ...more
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
May 10, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book just as much as its predecessor, although I think it is more flawed. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
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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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