Bachelor Girl

Bachelor Girl

by Roger Lea MacBride

The eighth and final installment in the Rose Years series, which tells the story of the spirited daughter of the author of the beloved Little House series.Rose Wilder has become an independent young woman.

Her dream is to work for a year or two, save a little money, and then marry Paul Cooley, her childhood sweetheart.

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I can't believe how shamefully Rose treated him, and she even had the audacity to think how PLAIN he is!!! The first half of the book is better than the last half, but once Rose goes off to do her own thing, my opinion of her fell dramatically., who else thinks Paul deserves his own book??

She wants to make her own way, fight for her own living... I see the rants from other readers who were 'ashamed' of Rose.

I read and enjoyed #1-7 but in this book I lost my patience with Rose.

This is the final book in the Rose series, and she pretty much throws her old life out and chooses a wild new life as a swinging single girl.

For the first half of this book, Rose struggles to make enough to survive, just like her ancestors. Her life has always revolved around her family, so it's no surprise that she's so desperate to start one with Paul. Besides, I wouldn't have wanted a book about Rose fighting to gain her independence to end with a sweet little wedding like in These Happy Golden Years. Every one of our heroines, no matter how spunky they were as little girls, ended up married to some impulsive guy with a dream that eclipsed theirs. But by the end of the books, she's dreaming for herself. As much as I enjoyed reading about the struggles of virtuous farm girls in these books, I don't blame Rose for wanting more out of life, and I'm glad she got it.

Laura, Rose's mother, used to be my childhood heroine. Not having enough money and being underpaid, Rose was forced to leave her job and moved to San Fransisco to have another job there. At first she was so deeply in love with Paul, but then things really changed when she moved to San Fransisco, where she made friends and lived with her friends.

This book starts out with Rose as a country girl.

At the start of the book, Rose had returned home to Mansfield with her parents after she spent a year with her aunt in Louisiana while studying and graduating from high school. Rose did not become proficient in telegraphy at the school, but became more proficient during her various jobs. Impulsively, she took a job in San Francisco as an operator in order to earn more money to pay back her parents and save up for her hopeful wedding to Paul.

Not that Paul would have forced her to stay a certain way, but Rose wouldn't have been pushed to change if she was with Paul living the cutest dream ever! Ughh a little bit was Rose's fault, but most of it was Paul's. UGHHHH It probably wouldn't have worked out anyway :( I like how it ended with Rose off to new adventures with a nice guy who we all know eventually married her. Although it ended on a positive, I still feel that Rose changed too much in this book and the previous one for me to love her like I did.

After they have known each other for a while she convinces herself that she loves him, and when he asks her to go with him to (get this!) sell real estate, she is like "Okay, sure!" And this is the guy she later marries. But maybe it was just the writing.

MacBride called himself "the adopted grandson" of writer and political theorist Rose Wilder Lane, the daughter of writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, and as such laid claim to the substantial Ingalls-Wilder's literary estate, including the "Little House on the Prairie" franchise.