Category Archives: Louisa May Alcott

“Bianca” a Comic Tragedy

I joined a Louisa May Alcott challenge at the beginning of June, and, as my siblings can probably testify, have had my nose stuck in one of her books for much time during the following weeks. I finished my list Thursday with a short play written by Meg and Jo March(the oldest Mach sisters from her book, Little Women).

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge ... JUNE 2015

Louisa May Alcott being a young playwright herself(just for some small plays she performed with her family), I’ve developed a theory that these were perhaps penned by her before the concept of Little Women, had been birthed. But that’s just a hypothesis. : ) This book landed in my list for its brevity and my interest in the plays Jo/Meg wrote. I found it in a collection called Comic Tragedies: Written by Jo and Meg and Acted by the Little Women.

It’s difficult to review this story since

1). It’s written by fictional beginner authors and not intended for public performances.

2). It’s quite short.

The story line runs something like this– Bianca feels conflicted by her two lovers and greatly prefers one over the other. Through a series of mistakes, her true lover dies and leaves the others to perish of(more or less) broken hearts.

You could call it weird and overly-sentimental, but, to me, it read like something that had flowed right out of Jo’s pen.

But, all the same, I really did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Little Women and would like to take a closer look at the March sisters’ lives. 🙂

Rating: 4 stars

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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

Lousia May Alcott Book List

I’m participating in a Louisa May Alcott reading challenge this summer, you can read more about it at http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com/ And- here’s the list of her books I plan to read:

1. Rose in Bloom(sequel to Eight Cousins)

2. Under the Lilacs

3. Bianca. an Operatic Tragedy (a play written by her character’s Jo and Meg March) (:

“I want to do something splendid…
Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead…
I think I shall write books.” -Louisa May Alcott