Item description for Bachelor Girl (Little House) by Roger Lea MacBride & Dan Andreasen...
Overview Having left her parents' Missouri farm for good and trained to become a telegraph operator in Kansas City, teenage Rose moves out to San Francisco and joins the thousands of "bachelor girls" supporting themselves.
In this eighth and final book of the Rose Years series, Rose has become an independent young woman. She leaves RockyRidge Farm, first for Kansas City to learn how to be a telegrapher, then for San Francisco. Her dream is to work for ayear or two, save a little money, and then marry Paul Cooley, her childhood sweetheart. But the big city has all sorts ofsurprises in store for Rose, and she finds that she's destined to travel a road she never even imagined.
Citations And Professional Reviews Bachelor Girl (Little House) by Roger Lea MacBride & Dan Andreasen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 83
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1999 page 83
Ingram Advance - 10/01/1999 page 99
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.66" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1999
Series Rose Years
ISBN 0064406911 ISBN13 9780064406918 UPC 046594004956
Availability 0 units.
More About Roger Lea MacBride & Dan Andreasen
Roger Lea MacBride, a close friend of Rose Wilder Lane's, was the author of the Rose Years novels.
Roger Lea MacBride was born in 1929 and died in 1995.
Roger Lea MacBride has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Bachelor Girl (Little House)?
Should Have Been Longer Oct 5, 2006
It seems that happiness eluded Rose. Considering the other "Rose" books, this final book was far too short. Personally I would have liked it better if the author had written on about Rose leaving to go with Gillette Lane in the real estate venture. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to be left in the dark. I read "From West to Home" a book composed of letters Laura wrote to Almanzo from San Francisco. From this book, we learn Laura visited Rose and Rose's husband Gil Lane in 1915. So we know Rose and Gil got married. But actually it would have been better if Bachelor Girl had been longer or even another "Rose" book had been written. I thought Paul was awful to Rose. He strung her along for so long and then left her to cope with the "damage" to her reputation and her character after she and Paul stayed out all night. It wasn't their fault the boat was late or slow, but people who knew her in town assumed she was trash after that and basically let her know what they thought. Later in San Francisco, Paul visited Rose and stung her with a remark about her wearing makeup and went wild over Rose's remark about an egagement ring. This book is entertaining, but I couldn't help wishing for a longer read.
Reads like a Harlequin Romance Nov 30, 2005
The writing style is completely different than the other books. At times it reads like what I would imagine a Harlequin Romance would be like. The book is just dreadful and completely inappropriate for the target market, i.e., girls from 6 - 12. As other reviewers have stated (thorvald's and RoseFan's take below are spot on), Rose is no longer the self confident heroine but a confused follower. She falls in with the wrong crowd. I guess a parent who is reading along with their daughter could use this as a learning lesson, but the subject is too adult for the bedtime story age child. I suggest you avoid this book.
Bachelor Girl Mar 17, 2005
As true Laura and/or Rose fans know, "Bachelor Girl" is simply a redress of Roger MacBride's 1977 "biography" of Rose Wilder Lane, which in turn was a rip-off of Roses's 1919 'semi' autobiographical novel, "Diverging Roads".
I feel this was a poor finish to the "Rose Years" series. Given that the MacBride family inherited the hugely successful and profitable "Little House" franchise from Rose, it's a shame that they've passed off this fictional account not once, but TWICE, as a true depiction of Rose's life as a young woman.
While the essentials and facts are mostly true, anyone who has read or researched Rose's life knows that Rose and Paul Cooley were never "engaged". And Gilette Lane was not the "dashing older man" portrayed in the books. In fact, he was one year younger than Rose! Evidence supports that they met while Rose was working in Kansas City and her subsequent move to San Francisco was likely to follow him there, marrying him the next year, BEFORE they sold real estate together.
My disgust with this book really lies in the fact that the owners of the Little House franchise (the MacBride heirs) should have shown more respect for both Rose and the fans of the series and ended the Rose years with a more accurate and honest portrayal of their benefactress.
The spunky characterization of Rose from the earlier books is gone here, and we're left feeling concerned about her choices and future. Nice example to set for girls of today who've read this series from the beginning!
Excellent portrayal of a young woman...seeing the real world Mar 16, 2005
I think " bachelor girl" is excellent. It manages to portray an young adult's frustrations and dilemas almost accurately. The way Rose felt frustrated about not doing anything useful, when she lived with her parents and then her struggle to work and support herself...May be this book is not appealing to children as it deals mostly with an young adult's mind... and even the temporary loss of confidence in Rose is perfectly natural as any young and intellectual adult will go through that phase atleast once. I'm very impressed with this book.
Not a very good ending to the series Oct 3, 2003
I've read most of the rose years. The books before this one are interesting. In this last book, I was very displeased. Rose leaves home and boards in a small isolated room which leaves her with no friends. Although she makes friends towards the end, she ends up doing things she shouldn't and loses her engagment with her childhood sweetheart because of her new friends. This book was a disappointment to me after enjoying the books before this. :(