I suppose I could call this post “Louisa May Alcott Part 2”, since it naturally follows from Little Women, about which I have already written earlier this month. After reading Little Women as a young teen and then the sequels Little Men and Jo’s Boys, I wanted to read more Louisa May Alcott, so I eagerly dove into Eight Cousins and then its sequel Rose in Bloom. Although Rose in Bloom ties up the storyline of the title character, I do remember preferring Eight Cousins overall for sheer charm and enjoyment of the story.
“After the death of her father, orphan Rose Campbell has no choice but to go and live at the ‘Aunt Hill’ with her six aunts and seven boy cousins. For someone who was used to a girl’s boarding school, it all seems pretty overwhelming, especially since her guardian Uncle Alec makes her eat healthy things like oatmeal, and even tries to get her to give up her pretty dresses for more drab, sensible clothes. Will Rose ever get used to her Uncle’s strange ideas and all her noisy relatives? Will there come a day when she can’t imagine living anywhere else?” [from Amazon.com]