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How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

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by Nancy Moser

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...

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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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Publishers Weekly

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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Bethany House Publishers
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5.50(w) x 8.30(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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How Do I Love Thee? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Carlybird More than 1 year ago
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.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
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.