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Rose in Bloom [Audio Cassette]

Louisa May Alcott , Barbara Caruso
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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January 2002
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel "Little Women," (1868), loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women, set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, and published in 1868. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives, (1869) followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages. Little Men (1871) 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 (1886) completed the "March Family Saga." 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. Their works were, as one newspaper columnist of the period commented, "among the decided 'signs of the times.' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay Jan. 23 2003
By Leleh
Format:Paperback
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. The book wasn't as good as Eight Cousins, and much more confusing.
I would suggest that you only read this book after you have read Eight Cousins, because the starts right away, with no intro, so Eight Cousins prepares you.
ENJOY!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Loss and Growing Up Dec 12 2002
Format:Paperback
This sequel to "Eight Cousins" is one of Louisa May Alcott's masterpieces. I loved it as a girl, I loved it as a teenager, and I love it now. Even though it was written in Victorian times, it has a truth and honesty to it that survives into today--and the problems that Rose encounters as a young woman will be familiar to any modern reader.
Why are women fascinated by--and drawn to--the bad boys of this world? That question did not originate with James Dean or "The Leader of the Pack." It is very much alive in this book, as Rose returns from Europe to find her eight cousins very much grown up--and very, very interesting. In particular, her wild and handsome cousin Charlie, now grown into a wild and handsome man, captures Rose's heart. But Charlie is on a dangerous path to alcoholism and self-destruction. Will Rose see this in time, and will she turn to the man who really loves her with all his heart and soul? And what of her dear friend Phoebe, whose ethnic background might keep her from the man she loves?
Sounds like a 2002 soap opera. But it isn't--and it is written with such depth, such love, and such talent that it has survived over a century. Alcott was so much more than "Little Women" and this book, among others, proves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book and never let it go! Feb. 24 2002
By Kim
Format:Paperback
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 and over again. It is one of my most favourite books (and seriously, in my opinion and in the opinion of many others I'm sure, it is BETTER than Little Women!!) It doesn't matter if you're young or old..... NEVER PASS THIS BOOK UP!! You will laugh, you will cry, and like me, you will wish it would never end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this one by! Jan. 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. Yes, it's a little preachy, as many of Alcott's stories are, but just skip those bits! Rather, pay attention to the marvelous interplay among the characters--especially as Rose has to decide just who she is truly in love with. What also struck me was that so many issues she faces are the same as she'd face today--Rose goes to too many parties, her favorite cousin has a drinking problem, her best friend is scorned. But best of all: the right man gets her in the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blooming Again Jan. 8 2002
Format:Paperback
For all those who thought that Rose's story ended with Eight Cousins here is the truth about what happened to these beloved characters.
The innocence found in the first book is slowly lifted here as Rose enters into the real world after her return from Europe. All but one of the characters from the first book make a return in this charming sequel.
The cousins are older as well and have found love. The heartwarming challeneges these lovers go through are refreshing in their innocence. Even Jamie is not immune to the talk of love and his innocene candor on the matter is very amusing.
Rose In Bloom answers many questions one has at the end of cousins. Yet like any fan will know not everyone can be happy with all the outcomes of the sequel.
A great book for fans of Eight Cousins.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I detest it. July 22 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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 happen in the end of the book. I love Eight Cousins, but I have no fancy whatsoever to Rose in Bloom. I think that anyone who likes romance and the older Rose Campbell will like this book, and I think anyone who does not will share my opinon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic May 22 2001
Format:Paperback
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. I have always loved "The Eight Cousins" and when I found out about this one ~~ I was a kid then ~~ I fell in love with Rose and her cousins even more. Now that I am an adult, I still love this book.
Rose isn't a sickly child anymore and she's on the threshold of becoming a fine woman ~~ and two of her cousins were in love with her. This book talks about her journey into adulthood and the dilemma she faced in choosing her husband ~~ and it's a wonderfully written book.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who has read "The Little Women" or even "The Eight Cousins" as Alcott's writing style is timeless. This is a classic book that I bought for my own children to read. This should be in everyone's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant & Heartwarming Jan. 2 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Actually, I must say that I was very surprised after finishing both "Eight Cousins" and "Rose in Bloom". Everytime we hear of Alcott's masterpieces, it is inevitably always "Little Women". However, I think that we have done this series injustice for in many ways, these two books surpass "Little Women". The story is touching and the interaction between the characters heartwarming. Once you're into the novels, you'll find yourself unable to leave the world of Rose and her cousins willingly. Definitely a must-read!
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