Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

I picked this book up for a Louisa May Alcott challenge, checked it off my list in a week, and decided to review it- just for the fun of things. But- and for those of you who’ve done this, you’ll now what I mean- I’m in the midst of a CC practicum(teen helper for GeoDraw!), so I won’t give this review the same attention or length a faithful blogger should. (:


Fun read. Folded between the covers, a reader might find relatable, likable characters, an intriguing setting(the 1800’s), and memorable scenes. I laughed at Mac’s shenanigans, felt devastated(or something like that!) after *Spoilers* Charlie died; just when I was starting to really like him, too!*End of Spoilers*, and the list goes on.   

But, coming from the author of Little Women and Little Men, Civil War nurse, and a brilliant writer, I suppose I was hoping for a little more. I guessed who Rose would marry and even one death a few pages before it happened. That’s not terrible, it’s just not outstanding. So, though while in my opinion Rose in Bloom is better than the book it follows, Eight Cousins, it simply earned a good rating. Nothing too much more.
Favorite Character: Mac

Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Have you read Rose in Bloom? If so, what did you think; am I the only one left a tad disappointed?


“Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can.”- from Rose in Bloom

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4 thoughts on “Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

  1. I read Rose in Bloom this month too. I loved it. 🙂 And it now happens to be a favorite book of mine.

    I’ll agree with you on the fact that it has memorable scenes! I was sooo hoping Rose would indeed marry Mac. Perhaps that’s just the bookish-type person that I am — wanting people to marry bookish-type people. And.. it rather was the 1800s — someone always dies in every story from that historical setting, so although I didn’t predict Charlie’s death like you did, it wasn’t unexpected. 🙂

    I’m SO glad you joined with us in the LMA challenge this month! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the book. Everyone who reads a little Alcott is a better person for it, I think.

    1. I’m glad I’m doing it, too! It’s so cool to be involved in things like this with like-minded readers. 🙂
      I finished Under the Lilacs yesterday(though I’m not planning to post a review of that one) and I’ll move on to Bianca as soon as I find my kindle(or give up looking and borrow the real book from the library). 🙂 While I didn’t give Rose in Bloom the most positive of reviews, I did really enjoy some scenes(when Rose asks Mac to come to a dance with her; his reaction is so funny!) and and may enjoy it more on a second reading. Also, I did really like Mac. Great character. 😀 Thanks for reading my little review!!

  2. You inspired me to read Rose In Bloom and I loved it!! I think Charlie’s dying was a good thing for Rose, and you just gotta love Mac!

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