Rose in Bloom is the follow on to Eight Cousins. After a four year gap, Rose returns home following a long voyage travelling around the world with her Uncle Alec and Phoebe. Now a young woman, she is back amongst her cousins and Aunts ready to start the next phase of her life. She has now come into her fortune and does not want to go down the traditional route for women, but instead wants to do something useful with her life and doesn't want to just get married and have nothing else. This is the story of how she decides to live her life in the future and her loves, both romantic and for her extended family of cousins, Aunts, Uncles and Phoebe.
There are some very sad dramatic moments in the book but at the same time it is a very uplifting,charming "wholesome" tale which lovers of Little Women will like. Unfortunately, at some times it can seem to be moralising a little too much and can get a bit irritating. It is almost as if the novel were written to be given to girls as a text on "how to live a good life". That having been said, the story is charming enough to put up with the moral tone, although I would not recommend this book to a newcomer to Louisa May Alcott to read as, particularly for a younger reader, the Little Women stories do not seem anywhere near as "preachy" as this one, which could perhaps deter someone from investigating them.
This Kindle edition, sadly, has many punctuation errors in it - lack of commas, full stops etc which make it very hard to read - I would advise perhaps checking another edition of the book out, because it can be annoying as it happens on virtually every page so you really have to keep your wits about you to read it!