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  1. says:

    For many years until I read Jane Eyre the second time , this was my absolute favorite book It is perhaps the reason I love nerds While many women grew up loving Mr Darcy, I grew up loving Mac He was my ideal love interest He suffered long and noblely for love of Rose and I admired that with all of my little heart I dreamed of being Rose Of course, I would have accepted him at once instead of stringing him along so Regardless, after over fifteen readings wearing out my old copy so that I had to by a new one I still find myself liking the lovable Mac, laughing uproariously at him learning to dance This is a delightful book and well worth the read, even if you don t fall in love with Mac.


  2. says:

    I actually liked Alcott s Rose series much better than the Little Women series.


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    So, I kinda thought the preaching was done when I started this one Rose is grown up, she and Phebe and Uncle Alec have just returned from a year abroad, where Phebe has trained to be a singer Now Rose is ready to be launched on society, and most of the boy cousins are grown It starts out very promising, and though I never normally root for cousins to marry, here you re rooting for Rose to choose one of her brilliant cousins and live happily ever after But of course it s not that easy First Rose has to make the very hard decision of whether or not she will enjoy a brief, restrained season of frivolity, complete with wearing nice gowns and dancing Though it pains him to see her waste her time in this way when she could be reading improving books or watering the houseplants , Uncle Alec allows twenty year old Rose to attend balls and parties, where she discovers to her horror that a her cousin Charlie is really in love with her and b he DRINKS ALCOHOL AND STAYS UP LATE.Rose spends the rest of the book buying clothes and housing for orphans, preaching the evils of frivolity, and simultaneously demanding that her cousins prove they are morally and intellectually good enough to even hold her hand, and arguing that she isn t good enough for anyone to love It becomes exhausting, and annoying I shan t spoil anything, but I will say that she finally gets off her high horse and ends up with the person I knew she should have ended up with in EIGHT COUSINS.


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    Well, what can I say Instead I ll quote Miranda s fist diary entry from The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Today, I fell in love since it was the first thing that crossed my mind after I finished reading this book.FYI, I ve never had a fictional crush before, no matter how perfect the heroes are I still didn t feel anything for them I m not crushing on the perfect Mr Darcy, and I am definitely annoyed with a certain vampire you know who out there instead of squealing at the mention of his name.The perfect ones are only exist in books and movies I m talking about personality here, not just the outer look Therefore while many women and girls are seeking for their Mr.Darcy I m 100% certain that I will not find my Mr Darcy anywhere I just can t believe that such a man exist in this world, so what s the point of crushing on him But it s an entirely different story with Mac In Eight Cousins I just like him, nothing As I watch him grow in Rose in Bloom I can t help it but fell for him He is a book worm, not good looking, awkward, and absent minded sometimes, he is far from perfect But those humanly flaws are what make him real, make me think that I can find someone like him out there Simply put, I have found everything that I m looking for in a man within Mac Now I know for sure what my criteria of a perfect man is Yea, pathetic and shocking as it is, but it seems that all this time I myself didn t know what I ve been looking for..And now about the rating True, the story itself is not something so amazing or incredible, but since I ve always love this kind of stories it s heartwarming, sweet and nostalgic and of course because of Mac, I ll give this one 5 stars without him it will be four like the prequel.


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    I have several aunts who are readers And they have always looked after me when it comes to sending books they think I d like my way Particularly during my formative reading years To this day, many of the books nearest and dearest to my heart came to me in the mail from one of my aunts When I was twelve or so, my Aunt Becky sent me a lesser known book which I had never heard of by a very well known author which I had The book was ROSE IN BLOOM and it was actually the first book I ever read by Louisa May Alcott It is also actually a sequel to her earlier book Eight Cousins I didn t know this at the time, though, and so I cracked it open completely unaware of what to expect in the way of the writing, the style, or the characters I ve since gone back and read Eight Cousins, but, perhaps simply because I read it first, or perhaps because it feels like a slightly mature and focused character driven story, ROSE IN BLOOM has always been my favorite I ve read it many times, though I realized it s been quite a few years since I picked it up last But Rose s coming of age story, her love for her family, and the important dilemmas she faces never fail to make me feel nostalgic and want to return to spend time with her.Rose Campbell has been traveling abroad with her Uncle Alec and her maid, friend, and companion Phebe for the last several years Now she has come of age, come into her inheritance, and come home to Aunt Hill the family stronghold to reacquaint herself with her seven male cousins as well as her family s expectations that she settle down and marry one of them at once But Rose has grown up quite a bit in the intervening years and is not at all sure she s ready for matrimony Surprising the whole clan by insisting upon establishing herself as an independent woman before choosing a husband, she holds their uneasiness and disapproval at bay and takes her own time evaluating her options and settling on a course of action Meanwhile, the various aunts are in various states of uproar and decline Her former maid and now friend Phebe is caught uncomfortably between two worlds as she is forced to determine what she will do with her life now that Rose has no official need of her and she has little money of her own And then there are the boys The seven boys who ve unexpectedly grown into men and who are each so very different and each have their own unique relationship with their cousin Rose Their wildly different personalities, habits, and desires at times clash with their parents wishes and their choices, along with Rose s, dramatically affect every member of the Campbell family over the course of the novel.I m always amazed at how few people I know have actually read or even heard of this book I realize it will always be overshadowed by Little Women, but ROSE IN BLOOM is a perfectly lovely, sweet read about a kind, thoughtful, and forward thinking young woman and how she comes of age and learns several important things about herself and the world around her and is a force for good in binding the wayward members of her family together The opening passage, to give you a feel for what s in store 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 They are the Campbells, waiting for their cousin, who has been abroad several years with her uncle, the doctor, whispered one lady to another as the handsomest of the young men touched his hat to her as he passed, lugging the boy, whom he had just rescued from a little expedition down among the piles Which is that asked the stranger Prince Charlie, as he s called a fine fellow, the most promising of the seven, but a little fast, people say, answered the first speaker with a shake of the head Are the others his brothers No, cousins The elder is Archie, a most exemplary young man He has just gone into business with the merchant uncle and bids fair to be an honor to his family The other, with the eyeglasses and no gloves, is Mac, the odd one, just out of college And the boy Oh, he is Jamie, the youngest brother of Archibald, and the pet of the whole family Mercy on us he ll be in if they don t hold on to him I do love those boys Upstanding Archie, quiet Mac, princely Charlie, the beanpole brothers Will and Geordie, dandy Steve, and impish Jamie When I first read it, this book reminded me quite a bit of Anne of Green Gables and, though overall a less complicated and somewhat rosier tale, it is not without its heart wrenching moments and instances of tragedy I appreciated the way Alcott addressed the many vices and challenges young men and women in their early twenties face and it never fails to surprise me how those hurdles have not changed so very much since this book was first published in 1876 It s interesting to me that it is so often billed as a children s book, as the themes it explores seem much older to me Particularly as Rose does, in the end, come to an informed if painful and complicated decision as to where her heart lies But then I read it first when I was twelve, and again every couple of years after that, and gained something new every time I did How sad it must be to never re read good books and never experience that unforgettable moment of realization that both you and the book have brought to the table than was there the last time you met Recommended, unsurprisingly, for fans of Alcott, Montgomery, and Eva Ibbotson.


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    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 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 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.


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    I was already a hardcore fan of Little Women when my mother pleased me very much one Christmas by giving me a matching hardcover set of the two Eight Cousins books which I hadn t as yet read why not I m sure they were in the local public library I thought they were great, just as good as Little Women in their way, and I confess that at that young age something like 11 I wanted to be Rose Campbell just a little bit than I wanted to be Jo March Rereading them for the first time as an adult not the same copies though I remember them fondly for the sake of my mother s thoughtfulness, they were not particularly attractive modern reprints, and they fell by the wayside at some point in the last three decades , I discover that really, nothing Alcott wrote is ever going to match up anywhere close to her most famous book The attractions of rich pretty Rose and her bevy of adoring cousins and the good times they have remain, but the moralizing preachiness of the books stood out and got in the way far than it had in my memory Perhaps I was better at tuning it out back then Perhaps I simply whole heartedly agreed that frivolity and any amount of alchohol, even a sip of wine, was unequivocally bad I was a rather prudish child.I suspect that as a child I reread Eight Cousins rather than Rose in Bloom Although I remembered all of the outcomes for the older set of cousins save for Steve s sweet little romance there was much in the book that felt fresh I found Rose s complicated feelings about Charlie surprisingly nuanced, and I appreciated things like Rose having a philosophical awakening after reading Emerson The ending was satisfying, and makes me feel that preferring to be Rose rather than Jo is actually a pretty savvy choice.So I enjoyed it, but wonder if I will ever reread these books again This makes me wish that I had completed my collection of the very attractive Little Brown early 1900s illustrated editions of Alcott s works before reading this one Rose in Bloom is the only one I lack, but I mistakenly thought I had it otherwise I wouldn t have embarked on the reread Now I m faced with this quandary is it worth spending money on a pretty book you will most likely never crack open, except to look at the pictures A final minor note on editions I really like the cover of this paperback I ve shelved that I checked out of the library There is Rose looking pre raphaelite as described at one point in the text and there are the little statues of Cupid and Psyche The illustrator clearly read the book to the end and paid attention


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    Louisa May Alcott s novels are perfect reading for children Her heroines are great role models for girls And her stories are very real, and also very charming and innocent Rose in Bloom, the sequel to Eight Cousins, should serve as a guidebook for every young lady It is a story of Rose, an orphan, who goes to live with her uncle and seven boy cousins Her uncle experiments with raising her up and the result is a lovely young woman Rose in Bloom is a coming of age novel As Rose matures into a young lady, Uncle Alec guides her throughout every step of the way, helping her make decisions regarding friends, dress, and beaus.The innocence of Alcott s writings is shown primarily in her portrayal of romance Courtship and marriage are not portrayed in a gushy, sentimental way Her love stories are very sweet and tender, and presented in quite a wholesome way Alcott s stories are simple and wholesome reading for younger readers, and yet still rich enough to be enjoyed gleaned from by older readers.Alcott is particularly admirable in her use of literary references and allusions She incorporates so many hints of Shakespeare, Dickens, as well as lesser known authors such as Maria Edgeworth, Susan Warner, Dinah Maria Craik, Mary Sherwood, etc Her literary knowledge is extensive and impressive


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    Ickiness of marrying your first cousin aside, I still enjoy Rose Mostly because of this no woman should give her happiness into the keeping of a man without fixed principles.


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    I don t know if Louisa May Alcott intentionally tried to spoil her wonderful characters from Eight Cousins , but either way she suceeded.I picked up Eight Cousins when I was quite young, because I had nothing to read, and I d enjoyed Little Women Turns out, I ended up liking it much than Little Women mostly because it was significantly less preachy Eight Cousins isn t perfect You can tell Alcott was an educator and, at a lack of a better word, wanted to blatantly brainwash her readers with her values and views Some are okay, like family closeness and respecting your elders Others still stand as very sexist or like having fun is a sin like when Rose s ear piercing is considering as bad or worse than when the boys smoke Somethings simply don t translate into nowadays But Eight Cousins is a relatively harmless book No kid nowadays will be brainwashed by that, because you can brush away the annoying preachy which are comparatively few, while the family dynamic, the main theme, is interesting and well written.Fast forward to Rose in Bloom and yikes I brought this as an e book on an eight hours flight to and from India, and it was hell being left with it I skimmed the last 50 pages, and that s something I never do Bible quotes are abundant, and the apparent purpose of the book is to show fun is immoral and that being good has to necessarily be boring or you aren t doing it right The one 3 dimensional character is killed off the only character with flaws as well as qualities Because for Alcott you re either virtuous or a sinner, and there s nothing left in the middle Of course, said character died being a sinner, failing at redeeming himself for the woman he loves, and she never really loved him much anyways and moves on within months, because one way or the other, he drank licor and enjoyed being with his friends, and so doesn t deserve good things.Meanwhile, Rose and the rest of the characters prove that to be good you absolutely can t have any fun whatsoever You can t, for instance, go to parties and still care about the poor It s one or the other If you like parties you re a sinner And if you ever have the instinct to go out and buy yourself a nice dress don t because that s a sin too, and you should give your money to an Irish girl you look condescendingly at Also, if you are being good, you are allowed to look down on people and be patronizing and they will appreciate you for it because you are good In sum if you ever have the instinct of spending money on yourself you are a bad, bad person You also aren t allowed to have friends outside your direct family.Other things that are a sin include professions that don t directly help other people, so only be a doctor or a lawyer or, if you have the money, a philanthropist For some reason it is immoral to be an actor Characters int he book agree that it is, to paraphrase, Better and honourable to be a lousy doctor than a successful actor Yeah, because actors give nothing to society, like fun and distraction which, again, are immoral or even educational services, but being a bad doctor who might kill you is ok.To sum things up lots of annoying bible quotes, best character dies, nobody has any hobby or interest whatsoever because being good is all consuming, the adults in the series basically stop existing, except to give worldly advise because age necessarily equals wisdom and Rose has a weird Oedipus Complex with Uncle Alec that is just disturbing She ends up adopting, alone and unmarried, a small child at age circa 18, but don t worry She does get a husband Because that s what s important in life.


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  • Paperback
  • 380 pages
  • Rose in Bloom
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • English
  • 14 July 2019
  • 9781594628641

About the Author: Louisa May Alcott

A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832 She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.