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Rose in Bloom

(Eight Cousins #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  20,705 ratings  ·  496 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Puffin Books (first published 1876)
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Aug 04, 2008 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked Alcott's Rose series much better than the Little Women series.
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
Maya Irena
Mar 20, 2011 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
Sep 22, 2009 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
I was already a hardcore fan of Little Women when my mother pleased me very much one Christmas by giving me a matching hardcover set of the two Eight Cousins books which I hadn't as yet read (why not? I'm sure they were in the local public library). I thought they were great, just as good as Little Women in their way, and I confess that at that young age (something like 11) I wanted to be Rose Campbell just a little bit more than I wanted to be Jo March. Rereading them for the first time as an a ...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 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Ickiness of marrying your first cousin aside, I still enjoy Rose. Mostly because of this: " woman should give her happiness into the keeping of a man without fixed principles."
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.
Loretta Marchize
A few years ago I read Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom. I had them both on my e-ink, so I decided to re-read Rose in Bloom.
I liked it better than I did last time and greatly admired Rose. Perhaps it was because I understood more of it than I did when I was 8-10ish. At that age, Eight Cousins was much preferable, and Rose in Bloom was just a good sequel.
May I say that I love Mac, and I'm so happy with how everything turned out but because I knew what was going to happen the whole time I was kinda
Jun 12, 2015 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
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Marina Schulz
I don't know if Louisa May Alcott intentionally *tried* to spoil her wonderful characters from "Eight Cousins", but either way she suceeded.

I picked up "Eight Cousins" when I was quite young, because I had nothing to read, and I'd enjoyed "Little Women". Turns out, I ended up liking it much more than "Little Women"; mostly because it was significantly less preachy.

"Eight Cousins" isn't perfect. You can tell Alcott was an educator and, at a lack of a better word, wanted to blatantly brainwash her
Jun 02, 2015 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 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 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 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
3.5* for this audiobook edition. Marie Therese did an adequate narration but mispronounced certain words which bothered me a little (for example, "vague" with a short a to sound like bag instead of a long a).

I did enjoy the story despite the moralizing streaks.
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alcott super-fans only
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
First, do not expect Little Women. Rose in Bloom can’t possibly measure up. Secondly, expect a great deal of moralizing and priggishness. If you bear both of those warnings in mind, you’ll find the sequel to Louisa May Alcott’s maudlin and unbearable Eight Cousins just this side of tolerable, if still pretty preachy.

Pollyanna-ish Rose Campbell is all grown up, as are several of her seven boy cousins. Rose in Bloom, as the title implies, follows Rose’s young womanhood and her decisions about phi
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm pretty sure I read this one in childhood, but hadn't read it for a long time. I found it really uninteresting and one that I skimmed most of the way through. It was very didactic and moralistic and not my favorite Alcott book by far.
Such lovely characters and stories. A little too didactic and sugary sometimes, but it is to be expected...a lovely story, made me laugh. made me cry and just smile so often. I will miss this little world Alcott created.
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
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very sweet and elegant resolve to the tender story begun in Eight Cousins. I preferred the pace and plot of this text to that of it's counterpart but enjoyed both immensely. While it is quite obvious who LMA desires us to fall in love with for Rose, immediately - and especially if you have read Eight Cousins, she takes the reader down a very interesting road to get us where it should end. In the end, the human and character development of all of the principals is more realistic, even i ...more
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
Laura Verret
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fiction
7/4/19 edit: Not deleting this review because it is 100% how I felt when I read the book, but I suspect my opinion would be somewhat altered now that 11 years have passed.


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, Alc
Aug 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really sorry, Louisa May Alcott. Please don't come back from the grave to haunt me for this one-star review. But CMONNN.

I really really enjoyed Eight Cousins. I loved the atmosphere, the fun day-to-day life, and their experiences. Rose In Bloom takes place 2 years later after Rose has spent time abroad with Uncle Alec and Phebes. Apparently, during those 2 years, every character in the book died on the inside, because this was insufferably BORING.

I'm definitely gonna have to take a long me
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