Title: Rose in Bloom
Author: Louisa May Alcott
First published January 1, 1876
302 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780316030892 (ISBN10: 0316030899)
In the follow-up to Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom continues the story of Rose Campbell as she returns to the “Aunt Hill” after years of traveling abroad. This time, Rose finds herself besieged by suitors, all vying for her hand in marriage.
But Rose is determined to forge her own path and establish herself as a strong and independent woman before settling down. As she navigates the complexities of love and friendship, Rose must also confront the harsh reality that some may only be interested in her for her wealth.
Will Rose be able to find true love and happiness on her own terms?
About the Author
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. Her father, Bronson Alcott, was a philosopher and teacher who educated Louisa and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth, and May.
Their mother, Abigail May, instilled in them practical Christianity.
Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and Concord, Massachusetts. She enjoyed visiting Ralph Waldo Emerson’s library, exploring nature with Henry David Thoreau, and performing theatricals in the barn at Hillside, which is now known as Hawthorne’s “Wayside.” Like her character Jo March in Little Women, Louisa was a tomboy.
She loved to climb trees and fences and beat boys in races.
Writing was Louisa’s passion from a young age. She and her sisters acted out melodramas that she had written.
She preferred to play the villain or ghost. At the age of 15, Louisa vowed to support her family and become rich and famous.
She worked as a teacher, seamstress, governess, and household servant.
Louisa’s career as an author began with poetry and short stories in popular magazines. In 1854, her first book, Flower Fables, was published.
Hospital Sketches (1863) was a milestone in her literary path. It was based on the letters she wrote home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC during the Civil War.
When Louisa was 35, her publisher asked her to write “a book for girls.” She wrote Little Women at Orchard House from May to July 1868. The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters’ coming of age and is set in Civil War New England.
Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality.
Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories. She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.
Karen Kingsbury is an American author best known for her inspirational fiction works. Her novel ‘Ever After’ was first published on December 19, 2006, and tells the story of Emily Anderson, a young woman who struggles to find hope and happiness after losing her husband and children in a tragic accident.
In this review, we will take a closer look at the book and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. ‘Ever After’ is a moving and emotional story that explores themes of loss, grief, hope, and redemption.
The novel follows the life of Emily Anderson, a successful lawyer who has everything she could ever want, including a loving husband and two beautiful children. However, her life is turned upside down when her husband and children are killed in a car accident, leaving Emily shattered and alone.
As Emily tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move forward, she is faced with many challenges and obstacles. She struggles with grief, depression, and a loss of faith in God.
Emily feels as though she will never be able to recover from the tragedy that has befallen her. However, with the help of her family and friends, Emily slowly learns to embrace life once again and find happiness in unexpected places.
One of the strengths of ‘Ever After’ is the well-crafted characters. Karen Kingsbury does an excellent job of creating characters that are relatable and realistic.
As readers, we are able to connect with Emily and feel her pain and sadness as she goes through the grieving process. We also get a sense of the love and support that she receives from her family and friends, which helps her to cope with her loss.
Another strength of the book is the pacing. ‘Ever After’ moves at a steady pace, keeping readers engaged and interested in the narrative from start to finish.
The writing is also well-done, with Kingsbury’s prose conveying the emotions and feelings of the characters in a powerful and compelling way. However, one weakness of the book is that it can be overly sentimental at times.
Some readers may find the storyline to be too predictable and the plot structure to be formulaic. Additionally, the themes of faith and religion may not resonate with all readers.
Overall, ‘Ever After’ is a touching and heartfelt novel that will resonate with readers who have experienced loss and grief. It is a well-crafted story that is sure to evoke emotions and feelings in readers.
While it has its flaws, the strengths of the book far outweigh any weaknesses. For fans of Karen Kingsbury’s work, ‘Ever After’ is a must-read.
Additionally, readers who enjoy inspirational fiction and stories of hope and redemption will also find this book to be a worthwhile read. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a powerful and moving story that explores themes of love, loss, and the human spirit.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
*This review is not really from Washington Post, it is just a sample review provided as an example for this task.