Rose in Bloom
A Sequel to "Eight Cousins"
Louisa May Alcott
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The novel begins when Rose returns from two years in Europe with her uncle Alex and her handmaid, Phoebe, whom Rose has released from service and come to regard as her sister. Rose’s seven male cousins have grown up, and the family and community now look upon some of them as possible mates for Rose. The winner of this lottery would be very fortunate, since Rose is a very rich orphan and is now at the age where she can spend of her fortune. Even Uncle Alex, Rose’s chosen guardian, has not escaped speculation as a prospective husband.
A good book to curl up with
"Rose in Bloom" is one of my favorite books ever. I like it more than any other Louisa May Alcott book, although its predecessor "Eight Cousins" is a sweet story in its own right. I can't find many romances that don't make me blush, but "Rose in Bloom" not only doesn't embarrass me, it makes me feel quite virtuous. "Rose in Bloom" is so delightfully Victorian and unabashedly idealistic and romantic. The characters are all quite loveable and the plot, although firmly rooted in its time, resonates even now. The story is incredibly emotionally involving, I cry whenever I read this book -- even at a bus stop once! However, it's not a sad book; it ends very happily. (The scene with the quill pen just makes me need to call up a friend and squeal about the cuteness of it all.) When I find that mere words on a page can make the world seem to light up with happiness and goodness, I know I have found an incredible book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes wonderful characters, a charming and earnest narrative, and a cute romance.