One of the best reads, ever... Forever and Forever by Josi S. Kilpak (Review)

Forever and Forever (Historical Proper Romance)Forever and Forever
The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton
(A Historical Proper Romance)
by Josi S. Kilpack
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, ebook, & audiobook, 336 Pages
April 5th 2016 by Shadow Mountain

Summary

A Proper Historical Romance series
The first book in a new series which will focus on the lives of real historical figures who have intriguing stories of courtship that are recreated in fictionalized accounts based on real biographical and social history research.

"A well-researched, emotionally charged tale. A love story...fit for the ages." -Publishers Weekly.

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. Widowed while on tour, he has stayed in order to gather credentials that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College. When Henry meets Fanny, he 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 ten years older than she is, and from a much lower social class. 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?

 
  
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My Review

FOREVER AND FOREVER was historically rich, bittersweet, and deeply romantic. Enjoyable from beginning to end with relateable characters, realistic and heartfelt experiences, and fantastic writing. A truly superb read! To be highly recommended to book clubs, general women's fiction, romance, and inspirational romance readers.

This story was just so good. I don't know that I can really give it credit. I will say that it will make my top reads for 2016, if not the top read. I loved the historical context and that it was based on a true love story. I loved how well the author mixed fiction with fact. What an undertaking as an author to take on this historical story and she did it so marvelously well! This story made me laugh, cry, and swoon. I loved the chapter notes at the end, which brought a few more tears.

It wasn't your usual romance. It wasn't light and flirty with some trivial thing or two that stands in the way of love. It had much more depth than that. It read more like women's fiction and an introspective read as six years or so of these two characters' lives are told. Plus there was the addition of complex family relationships and loss. It was poignant and heartfelt. It also gave a realistic view on the period, on medical and intellectual challenges, and on society and its classes or expectations. It would make for a good discussion on several points. A meaningful, beautiful, and heartfelt read.

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

Other Books in the Series

This is one of my favorite lines of books! Check out the ones I've read and the ones coming soon...


The Sheriffs of Savage Wells  My Fair Gentleman
Lord Fenton's Folly A Heart Revealed 
  
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About the Author

Josi

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney award for Mystery/Suspense in 207 and Wedding Cake, book twelve in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series won in 2014. Josi was also the Best of State winner in Fiction for 2012. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute – but not very friendly – cat.

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