All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe Review

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe. Harriet's sister, Catharine, warns Harriet that she will lose her identity and her chance to pursue writing opportunities. Harriet is determined and believes Calvin will support her. Right before Calvin leaves on a trip to Europe, Harriet discovers she is pregnant. Her life becomes harder and filled with many unexpected challenges. When Calvin returns from Europe, she realizes that his expectations in life are different from hers. Harriet struggles to find her identity as a wife, mother and a writer as she realizes that Cavin is still in love with his first wife. Can Calvin and Harriet set aside their differences and find love?

All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Josi Kilpack is not a common love story. Harriet and Calvin marry in the beginning of the story and much of the book is about the struggles within their marriage and the different expectations they each have. I love the characterization of Harriet and it seems like most women can identify with trying to find their place within the expectations of different roles. The bedroom scenes were a little too descriptive for my tastes. The historical background was interesting and the story kept my attention. To learn more, click here.

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