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 more intellectual pursuits.
Published author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe, but under much different circumstances. Widowed while on tour, he has stayed in order to gather credentials that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College.
When Henry meets Fanny, he 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 ten years older than she is, and from a much lower social class. 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?
I freaking 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.
I was really actually worried that I wouldn’t like the book much after finding out that it was a true story. I love history and everything, but I seem to have a problem when it comes to “based on a true story”. I didn’t have any problems with this Historical Proper Romance though. I am most definitely going to give this book 5 quills. It’s a thrilling read and you will fall in love with the time period and the people in this book.
Now onto The Earl's Betrothal by Karen Tuft!