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?
My thoughts: I am a fan of taking characters in history an writing a novel around the events of their lives. It adds depth and interest into the lives of people I have heard of in passing. I would never imagined that I would read and like a book about Harriet Beecher Stowe. I am not a fan of the biography format, so I appreciate the talents of author's who do read them and make translate them into a novel form.
I have not finished this novel at the time of posting, so I will rate the book when I am finished. I will say that it is well written and interesting. I will be finishing and posting a full review at a later date. I am still in catch up mode from my daughter's wedding. I hope to be back to my "normal" self soon. (She was engaged for two months before the wedding that took place on October 6th. I let many things go in order to get her ready for her big day and am working to get my life, home, and review schedule back in order.)
Online Purchase Links:
About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.
I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.
Visit her WEBSITE!