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Grade 7 Up-Although Louisa May Alcott is best known for classics such as Little Women and Little Men, Rose in Bloom also boasts a lively cast of characters growing up with 19th century social conventions and expectations. A sequel to Eight Cousins, this story finds 20-year-old Rose, the only female cousin, coping with the demands of being an eligible heiress, and her feelings about her widely diverse boy cousins. Blessed with common sense and compassion, Rose and her adopted sister, Phoebe, mature through loss, hard choices, and finally end up with the men that complete them. Barbara Caruso's considerable narration skills are apparent as she conveys exuberance, prim respectability, and sadness. The sound quality is good. Smaller libraries may have to pass on this pleasant addition to their Alcott works in audio format, but public and school libraries that do purchase Rose in Bloom will find it's a refreshing rendition of a lesser known classic.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
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Louisa May Alcott (1832 -1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Little Women was set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters. Alcott's literary success arrived with the publication by the Roberts Brothers of the first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives, followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages. Little Men detailed Jo's life at the Plumfield School that she founded with her husband Professor Bhaer at the conclusion of Part Two of Little Women. Jo's Boys completed the "March Family Saga". In Little Women, Alcott based her heroine "Jo" on herself. But whereas Jo marries at the end of the story, Alcott remained single throughout her life. In her later life, Alcott became an advocate for women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts, in a school board election. Alcott, along with Elizabeth Stoddard, Rebecca Harding Davis, Anne Moncure Crane, and others, were part of a group of female authors during the Gilded Age who addressed women's issues in a modern and candid manner. Alcott, who continued to write until her death, suffered chronic health problems in her later years. Alcott died of a stroke in Boston, on March 6, 1888, at age 55, two days after visiting her father's deathbed. Her last words were "Is it not meningitis?" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
After I read Eight Cousins, which I loved, of course I decided to read this book. The book is about Rose, and her life as a woman, & her relationships with her male cousins. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Leleh
This is the kind of book you wish would go on forever. It defines the word classic in every way. Everytime I read it, I fall in love with Rose, Mac, Uncle Alec and the others over... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by Kim
I know it's heresy, but as a girl I loved this more than Little Women. And upon re-reading it as an adult, I still do. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2002
For all those who thought that Rose's story ended with Eight Cousins here is the truth about what happened to these beloved characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by Maria
Decidedly, I do NOT like Rose in Bloom. I love all of Louisa May Alcott's other books, but I don't like romances, and I could tell in the first few chapters what was going to... Read morePublished on July 22 2001
When I was a kid, my parents bought me the hardback version of Louisa May Alcott's books ~~ but the series didn't include this book. Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by rebelmomof2
Actually, I must say that I was very surprised after finishing both "Eight Cousins" and "Rose in Bloom". Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2001
I'm not the biggest fan of Alcotts 'Little Women' series, so I expected more of the same when I picked up 'Rose in Bloom', but to my surprise I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on April 24 2000