Rose in Bloom
Rose in Bloom
“…Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can. No woman should give her happiness into the keeping of a man without fixed principles…”
Rose in Bloom reveals a very ambitious young Louisa May Alcott finding her voice as a writer and addressing difficult and taboo subjects in the 1860s: marriage and divorce.
The story begins as Rose Campbell returns to the "Aunt Hill" after two years of traveling around the world.
Rose has been traveling with her Uncle Alec and her maid, friend, and companion Phebe. Now she has come of age, come into her inheritance, and come home to Aunt Hill—the family stronghold—to reacquaint herself with her seven male cousins as well as her family's expectations that she settle down and marry one of them at once.
But Rose has grown up quite a bit in the intervening years and is not at all sure she's ready for matrimony.
But before she marries anyone, Rose is determined to establish herself as an independent young woman.
Besides, she suspects that some like her more for her money than for herself.
Before our eyes, Rose goes from a girl to a woman, learning who is she is, and who she is willing to be for the sake of others.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (1832-1888) was a prolific and multi-talented American writer. Amongst her works are passionate, fiery novels, moralistic and wholesome stories for children, philosophical essays and letters. She is best known as the creator of the classic novel Little Women, and its sequels: Good Wives, Little Men, and Jo's Boys.