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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it was written over 130 years ago!
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...
Published on 30 Aug 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it's mate-Eight Cousins.
I don't mean to sound negative, but to me this book is a disappointment when compared to other Loisa M. Alcott books ( I should know, because I've read and own many of them.) It actually isn't as bad as I make it sound, when you stop and think it has a good moral: Wealth attracts suitors and friends who care only for your $. An altogether satisfactory book.
Published on 5 July 1998


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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it was written over 130 years ago!, 30 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually my favourite, 31 Aug 2003
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"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy book at any age, 16 July 1999
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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 Simply fascinating, 25 Feb 1997
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it's mate-Eight Cousins., 5 July 1998
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I don't mean to sound negative, but to me this book is a disappointment when compared to other Loisa M. Alcott books ( I should know, because I've read and own many of them.) It actually isn't as bad as I make it sound, when you stop and think it has a good moral: Wealth attracts suitors and friends who care only for your $. An altogether satisfactory book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Eight Cousins", 13 April 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, could have been better, 1 May 1998
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Not as good as her others, in my opnion(and I guess thats what I'm supposed to be giving) but a worthwhile read if you have the time. If you are looking for a pure romance, this is not the book though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Eight Cousins but must be read!, 9 Sep 2001
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Yes no where near as good as the previous book but you have to read it to see what becomes of Rose, Charlie, Archie and Mac etc. Worth Reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this after you read Eight Cousins!, 18 April 1998
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The satisfying sequel to Eight Cousins -- read and enjoy!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Eight Cousins, 23 July 1999
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I was disappointed after reading 'Rose in Bloom.' Eight Cousins, I think, was a whole lot better and satisfying. Characters in this book seemed to be all bad or all good. It wasn't terrible, though.
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