LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Age Range: 10 and up
Reading Level: High School
In this sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose Campbell returns to the “Aunt Hill” after two years of traveling around the world. Suddenly, she is surrounded by male admirers, all expecting her to marry them. But before she marries anyone, Rose is determined to establish herself as an independent young woman. Besides, she suspects that some of her friends like her more her money than for herself. How can Rose tell who her real friends are? Is there anyone she can count on?
Rose in Bloom was such a cute story that took place about six years after the first book, Eight Cousins. Rose is 21 now and has just returned from traveling abroad with her uncle and friend Peony and comes home to suitors, cousins, and aunts all expecting things from her. I loved and enjoyed this novel so much and have read it three times or so and am just getting around to writing a review for it.
Rose in Bloom has a good message that reminded me a lot of Louisa May Alcott's other book, An Old Fashioned Girl. There is a lot about women developing themselves and gaining more talents and virtues. I loved how Mrs. Alcott was able to write a story about an independent, intelligent young woman who is not a feminist, unlike many other stories. Rose was a true feminine in the sense that she wanted to develop and form herself into a better person and when the time was right to marry a good man.
Besides Rose, I also really liked the character Mac, one of her cousins. He was intelligent, humble, kind, and loved a certain someone with patience and hope. The first book in this series was aimed more toward the middle school level, and this one is for more of the high school age. I thoroughly enjoyed and loved every second of Rose in Bloom, and I hope you do too!
Things to mention: There is some drinking and gambling. Also some violence is talked about.
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