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How Do I Love Thee?

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser

    How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser is the novelization of the life and love of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's life was certainly an interesting one. Her father had insisted that she and her brothers and sisters were never allowed to marry. But, when Elizabeth falls in love with fellow poet, Robert Browning, she begins to feel alive again after years of suffering and sickness.

    I have to say that I did not love this book like I thought I would. That is not to say I didn't like it, but I just didn't love it. I think the reason for that is just a matter of personal taste because there was absolutely nothing wrong with the book. The writing was beautiful and poetic, although some of the dialogue was a bit tedious at times. There were times when this book brought a tear to my eye, so there were many nice moments in How Do I Love Thee?

    On a positive note, the author did a wonderful job in expressing the deep love and devotion Robert and Elizabeth had for one another. I found that the last few chapters of the book, the chapters after Robert and Elizabeth were married, were my favorite. I really did enjoy reading of their joy and their love.

    This book will appeal to many readers I'm sure, and I do recommend it to romantics and lovers of poetry and lovers of historical novels. This was not my favorite book, but there are many aspects to like about it.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Poetry in Motion

    This book was absolutely fascinating to read. I will admit that I have not read any of either Elizabeth or Robert's poetry before, other than the famous title of this book. I'm not too big a fan of poetry and while I will admit the writing is beautiful, it just doesn't do anything for me. Therefore because I was almost completely unfamiliar with their story, this book was a little harder to get into than the author's previous historical fiction works. However, I soon was able to find myself getting swept up in this world of hidden romances and a yearning for true love. Once again, the story is told in first person and the reader is taken into the mind and world of Elizabeth Barrett and her family. The descriptions of the settings, clothing and actions of the people have been well researched and carefully detailed. You feel swept up into the story and feel that you're actually in 1800s England.I really felt for Ba and her family. I cannot process the logic of her father's thinking. It just goes against everything from what's expected of society to biblical meaning to human nature. It was also incredibly hypocritical of him to marry himself and have all those kids yet expect every single one of them to stay at home and be controlled by him. I'm so glad that several of them managed eventually to break away and that Ba was able to find true happiness. I could not imagine being almost 40 and still living at home under my father's command and not being allowed to get married.

    At the end of the book are a bunch of appendixes which help to fully enjoy the story. The author has included chapter by chapter, where she added to the story and which parts were actually real life events. This is extremely interesting to be able to distinguish fact from fiction and even more so when you find out that some things that sound too good to be true, actually happened! An even bigger delight is the inclusion of Elizabeth's poems from "Sonnnets from the Portuguese". After reading her love story, the poems become more beautiful and have more significant meaning.

    My only qualm is that I feel the girl on the cover of the book is way too young to be Elizabeth. Clearly throughout the story, she's described at being 30 or older whereas the cover model looks like she's in her young twenties. It's a minor complaint though. Nancy Moser is such a gifted writer and I really think she's found her niche in writing historical fiction. I'm looking forward to whoever her next featured lady will be and discovering her past.

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