Louisa May Alcott's "Eight Cousins" followed by "Rose in Bloom" has a similar pattern to "Little Women" followed by "Good Wives".
The first books have a child or a group of children in early adolescence and use a series of vignettes, or little incidents, to demonstrate different aspects of the children's moral education and end in a gentle emotional climax.
After a abrupt gap of a few years, the second books start, with the characters now in their late teens or early twenties. These second books are quite different from the first ones in that they are more romantic.
The following paragraph is taken word for word from the Wikipedia page for the book "Eight Cousins":
"It is the story of Rose Campbell, a lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and must now reside with her maiden aunts, the matriarchs of her wealthy Boston family. When Rose's guardian, Uncle Alec, returns from abroad, he takes over her care. Through his unorthodox theories about child-rearing, and as she finds her place in her family of seven boy cousins and numerous aunts and uncles, Rose becomes happier and healthier. She also makes friends with Phebe, her aunts' young housemaid, whose cheerful attitude in the face of poverty helps Rose to understand and value her own good fortune."
Overall, a very enjoyable book....Continua