How Do I Love Thee?

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She dreams of love for others but never for herself...

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"" love your verses with all my heart," writes Robert Browning, an admiring fellow poet. As friendly correspondence gives way to ...

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Overview

She dreams of love for others but never for herself...

Copy: Elizabeth Barrett is a published poet—and a virtual prisoner in her own home. Blind family loyalty ties her to a tyrannical father who forbids any of his children to marry. Bedridden by chronic illness, she has resigned herself to simply existing. That is, until the letter arrives...

"" love your verses with all my heart," writes Robert Browning, an admiring fellow poet. As friendly correspondence gives way to something more, Elizabeth discovers that Robert's love is not for her poetry alone. Might God grant her more than mere existence? And will she risk defying her father in pursuit of true happiness?

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The newest historical romance from Christy-winner Moser (Time Lottery) is an imaginative biography of the 19th-century Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett on her way to becoming the wife of fellow poet Robert Browning and the author of the sublimely romantic sonnets from the Portuguese, of which the titular poem is best known. After her brother died in a sailing accident, the grief-stricken, sickly Barrett became a recluse who was spirited from her attic hideaway by Browning; the two wed and fled to Italy, and Elizabeth's control freak of a father disinherited her. The outlines of her life make a great story, but Moser is really challenged to make dramatic hay out of Elizabeth's recluse period. As a guilt-stricken Victorian invalid, Elizabeth leads a highly interior life, so the reader awaiting a grand love story needs patience. The name of her future husband doesn't enter the action until more than a third of the way into the book. Moser has done wonderful homework and shares snippets of what she found in an appendix. The text of Barrett Browning's sonnets are a true bonus. (June)

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Though Moser readily admits to this being a work of fiction, her careful research is clear throughout How Do I Love Thee? and at the end of the book she notes what is true and where she employed dramatic license. Included in the novel are actual quotes from portions of Robert and Elizabeth's many letters, making their true love story all the more compelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410421715
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/2/2009
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 637
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and seventeen novels, including Mozart's Sister, Just Jane, Washington's Lady, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, has traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in various theaters. Nancy and her husband have three grown children and make their home near Kansas City, Kansas.

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