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Rose In Bloom [Kindle Edition]

Louisa May Alcott
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rose in Bloom is a sequel to Eight Cousins. The story begins when Rose comes back from a long trip to Europe. Everyone is well altered and as a joke, when she arrives home, she lines up her seven cousins to take a long look at them, just as they did to her when they first met. Rose Campbell, the heroine of the story, is sweet, kind, pretty, and ambitious. She is an heiress just come of age, and struggles with the many suitors she attracts by learning to judge love versus those who regard her only as "a good match."

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Synopsis

The book Eight Cousins continues with orphaned Rose and her cousins now experiencing life as young adults.

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott was both an abolitionist and a feminist. She is best known for Little Women (1868), a semiautobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Alcott, unlike Jo, never married: ''... because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man.'' She was an advocate of women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481892126
  • Publisher: Start Publishing LLC (20 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BOT6PJQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,160,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. Educated by her father, the Transcendentalist thinker Bronson Alcott, she was influenced by the prominent men of his circle. Emerson, Hawthorne, Parker and Thoreau. The family was usually short of money, and she worked at various tasks from sewing to writing to help to support it. The Civil War broke out in 1861, and in 1862 she began to work as a volunteer army nurse in a Union Hospital. Out of this came her first book, Hospital Sketches (1863); she went on to write several Gothic romances and thrillers. With the publication of Little Women, her first full-length novel for girls, Alcott leapt from being an obscure, struggling New England writer to becoming the best-selling American author of the century. However, she suffered from ill health aggravated by early deprivation and overwork. Alcott died in Boston in 1888.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it was written over 130 years ago! 30 Aug. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The story of Rose and how she comes of age is certainly idealized, but don't we need more ideals these days? She is rich and rather sheltered, but she faces the same peer pressure, the same temptations with boys, the same problems with friends and romance. Even Charlie's struggle with drinking is as fresh and relevant today as it was then. She also promotes an independent, even feminist, attitude, but without losing sight of the importance of feminine talents and virtues. I didn't discover this book until I was in my 20s, even though I had been a Little Women fan since childhood, but since then I've read "Eight Cousins" and other Alcott classics, and I wouldn't be without them. My daughter is learning to read now, and I can't wait to introduce her to Rose!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually my favourite 31 Aug. 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
"Rose In Bloom" is definitely my favourite Alcott. Contrary to some opinions, I think it's better than its predecessor, "Eight Cousins". Rose is 18, having just returned from a round-the-world tour with Dr. Alec and Phebe. To her cousins, she declares her intention of going into philanthropy after three months in society.
She finds that "Prince" Charlie has a drinking problem, and has also fallen in love with her. Meanwhile, pressured to respond to his advances, she tries desperately to cure him of his habit.
On the other hand, Archie has fallen deeply in love with Phebe, and she with him. The majority of the Campbell family do not approve. (Rose, of course, supports them staunchly, as does Mac.)
Then, of course, Rose finds another of her cousins is in love with her, and she is not, to her distress, completely immune to him...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy book at any age 16 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love Louisa May Alcott, and I love this book. I have read every published piece of Alcott that I can find, and I am always awed by her literacy, fluency in storytelling, and purity of the characters portrayed in her writing. I love following Rose as she begins to grow up, and watching her struggle to maintain the high standards and principles that her wholesome upbringing has given her. While the grown-up world of Alcott is still pretty pure by today's standards, the essential elements are there: avarice, insincerity, and superficiality. This is a book I read and enjoyed when I was 10, and still love at 25. There are lessons to be learned about being true to oneself, and an illustration that life's ephemeral pleasures need not become lifetime distractions. If you don't give this to your child to read for all the reasons above, give it to him or her knowing that it may make them curious about some wonderful authors of the Enlightenment period - such as Emerson and Thoreau. When I was ten, I wanted to read Emerson's essays, like Heroism and Love, because Alcott introduced me to the literature in a way that piqued my curiousity. That in itself, is a wonderful reason to read this worthy book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Books with old fasioned values. 12 Mar. 2015
By Wilma
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm going through a phase of reading all the books I enjoyed when I was a lot younger (12 to 15!), and really enjoying the experience. This is one book that I have never read, don't know why, maybe it wasn't available back then. I really enjoyed the story, even though I worked out the ending about half-way through. Before you read this book, you need to read 'Four Cousins' as this book is following on from that one. If you are like me - in your dotage - maybe you will think that this book, and other Louisa May Alcott books are only for the youngsters, I would say you should give them a go, as I have found them refreshing, and you might like them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Eight Cousins" 13 April 2009
Format:Paperback
I read "Eight Cousins" and "Rose In Bloom" back to back and can honestly say that though "Eight Cousins" is 4 stars, "Rose in Bloom" is a 5 star book within its genre. Well worth the read but must be read after the cousins or else will make no sense. I'm exploring more of Louisa May Alcott's books as they are a refreshing change from more modern books, lightweight but not meaningless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fascinating 25 Feb. 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This story is about a rich young woman who comes back to America with her servant and uncle after two years of traveling around the world. Suddenly she is surrounded by suitors. She soon realizes that most of her friends and suitors only love her for her money. She must determine who are her real friends. I suggest strongley that people read this book.

By Christina S.
1997'
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