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Rose in Bloom (1876)

by Louisa May Alcott

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Series: Eight Cousins (2)

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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.

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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. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
A charming, human account of the adventures of lovely, wealthy Rose Campbell as she grows into young womanhood. Rose's greatest attraction undoubtedly is that she's such a "real girl". She has her trials and disappointments, her temptations and failures. But with the aid of loving counsel and a level head, she manages to turn into a thoroughly lovable, admirable woman.
  BLTSbraille | May 4, 2023 |
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 harm, but confirms to her that life has more to offer.

Her cousin Charlie is determined to marry her, and Rose's feelings are on the fence about this cousin. I personally think she was trying too hard to love him, when he had done so little worthy of respect. Nevertheless, Rose thinks that maybe someday Charlie will be her ideal.
This time through I wasn't really on board with Alcott's decision about Charlie's fate... I feel like it conveniently took Charlie out of the way so that Rose didn't really have to make up her mind about him.

BUT now we come to Mac. Her bookish, slightly antisocial cousin. Mac and Rose have always been decent friends; she knows how to take him and doesn't get worried by his uniqueness. In this book he shows his real potential. He has a good heart and faultless instincts; he is kind and sincere; he stands apart from society but doesn't judge it too harshly and is good-natured enough to participate in the social scene when he needs to (and with a little training from Rose and his brother!). The problem is, Rose rather takes him for granted. The final few chapters, where Mac comes to a realization about how he feels for Rose, and does something about it, always capture my heart.
I think she's a little too clueless about the whole thing, but Mac more than makes up for that by his purposeful, focused, steady regard.
Much as I enjoy the Darcys and Rochesters of the literary world, Mac is an altogether​ superior type... he's neither repressed nor tragic. He's a worker and an honest friend, a balanced thinker and feeler, somebody you'd want on your side, and somebody you'd be infinitely safe with. That is why this book is a comfort read. ( )
  Alishadt | Feb 25, 2023 |
love story ( )
  hibaansari924 | Sep 6, 2022 |
I don’t really have a summary because I wasn’t really interested/paying attention. It seems Rose (raised with a bunch of boy cousins – I know this from the previous book) was away and has returned. I think she might now be looking for a husband. If she isn’t, others are (Phoebe?), as there is lots of talk of “lovers”. Oh, I do remember Rose wanted to become a philanthropist.

I listened to the audio, but neither the narrator nor the story made this interesting enough to really listen to what was going on. I rarely paid attention. Oh, and cousins getting married kind of creeps me out. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 5, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Alcott, Louisa Mayprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aracil, Francisco BlanesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnes, CatherineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bella, Santa LaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buchholtzowa, JaninaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burd, Clara M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chazelle, AndréIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Čater, DušanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cochofel, João PedroIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doedes-Clarisse, W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fink, AlenkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herbert, C. M.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heredia Hernández, PedroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leyrer, GindaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maitland, SaraIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nachman, OscarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richards, Harriet RooseveltIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodríguez, ArmoníaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Séchan, OlivierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vernon, EmileCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Three young men stood together on a wharf one bright October day, awaiting the arrival of an ocean steamer with an impatience which found a vent in lively skirmishes with a small lad, who pervaded the premises like a will-o'-the-wisp, and afforded much amusement to the other groups assembled there.
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Classic Literature. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

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.

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"We've got minds and souls as well as hearts; ambition and talent as well as beauty and accomplishments; and we want to live and learn as well as love and be loved."

This irresistible novel continues the story of Rose Campbell. Though still under the tutelage of Uncle Alec, she is now coming of age and must decide where her future lies. Each of her aunts wants Rose to marry their son - largely because they love her, but also because of her considerable fortune. As Rose vacillates between frivolity and philanthropy, as cousin Archie scandalises the family by falling in love with her "adopted" companion Phoebe, handsome, reckless Charlie seems to be Rose's favoured suitor...In this memorable tale, the companion volume to Eight Cousins, Louisa May Alcott again questions the constraints and hyprocrisies that bind young women.
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