Friday, October 20, 2017
All That Makes Life Bright by Josi S. Kilpack
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: September 5th, 2017
Paperback: 336 pages
FTC FYI: I received an ARC from the publisher, all views and opinions expressed are my own.
When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet's sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do.
Two months after her wedding Harriet discovers she is pregnant just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip. Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed-being a wife has been harder than she thought and being an expectant mother feels like living another woman's life. Knowing that part of Calvin still cherishes the memory of his first wife, Harriet begins to question her place in her husband's heart and yearns for his return; his letters are no substitute for having him home. When Calvin returns, however, nothing seems to have turned out as planned.
Struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with her passion for writing and her desire to be a part of the social change in Ohio, Harriet works to build a life with her beloved Calvin despite differing temperaments and expectations.
Can their love endure, especially after "I do"? Can she recapture the first blush of new love and find the true beauty in her marriage?
Josi has a wonderful way of bringing characters to life. I didn't know much about Harriet Beecher Stowe and this novel was a wonderful (fictional) portrayal of who she was. As well as of her husband Calvin and other family members. Harriet was brought to life in this book and reading it made me appreciate and commend her life and achievements. I applauded the author's research and the care she put into writing this book. As always, I loved Josi's explanations in the author notes of the real events versus her own input. There are some very touching and beautiful moments in the book as well.
5 out of 5 stars.
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