Eight Cousins

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Published: 1875
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,673 / 207 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.8
LoC Category: PS
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Downloads: 5,537
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Origin: gutenberg.org
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This is the story of Rose, a rich but lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and sent to live with her maiden aunts. When Rose’s guardian, Uncle Alec, returns from abroad he takes over her care. Through his unorthodox theories about child-rearing and her exposure to the exploits of her seven male cousins and numerous aunts, Rose becomes happier and healthier, cured of many of her fears and prejudices. She also makes friends with Phebe, her aunts’ maid of her own age, whose cheerful attitude in the face of poverty helps to illustrate to Rose her own good fortune. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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beside her chair in his wanderings, made a brief remark, received a still briefer answer, and then sheered off with a relieved expression.

Archie came first, and, leaning over the chair-back, observed in a paternal tone,

"I'm glad you've come, cousin, and I hope you'll find the Aunt-hill pretty jolly."

"I think I shall."

Mac shook his hair out of his eyes, stumbled over a stool, and asked abruptly,

"Did you bring any books with you?"

"Four boxes full. They are in the library."

Mac vanished from the room, and Steve, striking an attitude which displayed his costume effectively, said with an affable smile,

"We were sorry not to see you last Wednesday. I hope your cold is better."

"Yes, thank you." And a smile began to dimple about Rose's mouth, as she remembered her retreat under the bed-cover.

Feeling that he had been received with distinguished marks of attention, Steve strolled away with his topknot higher than ever, and Prince Charlie pran


Average Rating of 3.7 from 3 reviews: ****

It is a great many years since I read anything by Louisa M Alcott. I downloaded this book free from the marvelous manybooks.net. I had certainly no memory of Alcott's style, merely that I had enjoyed The "Little Women" books when I was younger. This I am sure was written for a much younger audience than me, though it is a comforting, cosy read and could certainly be enjoyed by anyone wanting to escape for a while to a different time and place. To begin with I found the style a little too sweet and twee, before settling into the cosy story of Rose and her cousins.

Rose is 13 when the story begins, and she is certainly a very different kind of girl to modern thirteen year old girls. Rose is still very much a child, she is all goodness and sweetness of course, an orphan thrust into a new world. Rose quickly finds she enjoys the company of her seven boy cousins, they and her adored Uncle Alec are the new focus of her young life. This is a charming, readable little book.


this book`s awesome
if u read this must read its second part 'rose in bloom'that is even better.enjoy


nice book on coming of age, the character of Rose resonates innocence and simplicity of chilhood.

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