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Rose in Bloom: A Sequel to ""Eight Cousins"" Paperback – Large Print, 14 Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; Large Print 16 pt edition (14 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427018790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427018793
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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.


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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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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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By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2003
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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By A Customer on 16 July 1999
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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By A Customer on 25 Feb. 1997
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.
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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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