Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton.
It’s 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food, and company of the elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to education, literature, and more intellectual pursuits.
Published author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe, but under much different circumstances. Recently widowed, he is gathering research for a new publication that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College.
Befriended by the Appleton family while visiting Switzerland, Henry is introduced to Fanny and sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love. Fanny, however, is uncertain. He is from a much lower social class and is older than she is. How could such a relationship ever thrive?
Could a book of Henry’s poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that lasts forever and forever?The courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton. FOREVER AND FOREVER. Josi S. Kilpack. #historical #romance Click To Tweet
This is such a great, well researched love story! I had never wondered about the real life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and I was thoroughly enchanted by the characters, the setting, and the journey these characters took. And to think it’s based on a true story–wow!
This is a beautifully written book. Josi Kilpack was able to take me to the time and places. I grew to love Henry and Fanny.
A beautiful story based on the courtship of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Fanny Appleton! I didn’t know a lot about Henry Longfellow going into this story other than his wife had tragically died shortly before he wrote “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Josi Kilpack did a wonderful job of bringing their story to life (and in making clear that this was not a strict biographical story but was “created based on impressions”). I appreciated the chapter notes that helped differentiate historical details from the author’s creative license. The story had moments of tragedy and romance and bittersweet encounters. I loved seeing the growth of both characters, especially Fanny, and now I would love to see Longfellow’s Bridge some day!
I honestly LOVED this book! I don’t even know how to deal with it. This is one of those books that sticks with you even after you finish. I’ll probably reread it next month because it was so good. I don’t even know how to describe how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And what makes it all the more sweet is that Fanny and Henry are real people and this is there actual story.