Friday, April 8, 2016

Forever and Forever {A Proper Romance}

I have really been enjoying the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain!  If you've followed my blog for very long you have probably read quite a few reviews I have done from this line, each one delightful!  I'm excited to share another great read called Forever and Forever: The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton by Josi S. Kilpack.  

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 hope 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?

I found this book to be so fascinating!   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was recently widowed when he met Fanny Appleton.  Fanny found Henry to be somewhat dull (he didn't dance!) and he was 10 years her senior so she felt him much too old...Plus, she came from a wealthy family and their social classes didn't encourage anything more than friendship...  But, he was so kind and spent much time with her family.  Their courtship was not terribly romantic, extending over 7 long years, but Henry was patient, persistent, and many of his most famous poems came from a time when he was longing for Fanny's love.  Eventually Fanny comes around and returns Henry's affections.  :)

Josi S. Kilpack went to great lengths in researching the life of Longfellow and Appleton.  The final section of the book offers detailed chapter notes explaining what was fact and what was fiction and a timeline of published works and family happenings.   

I enjoyed Forever and Forever!  You really can't go wrong with any book in the Proper Romance line!

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Disclaimer:  I received Forever and Forever free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.  Thank you so much to Shadow Mountain!  :)


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