All That Makes Life Bright by Josi S. Kilpack

About:

When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet’s sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do.

Two months after her wedding Harriet discovers she is pregnant just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip. Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed—being a wife has been harder than she thought and being an expectant mother feels like living another woman’s life. Knowing that part of Calvin still cherishes the memory of his first wife, Harriet begins to question her place in her husband’s heart and yearns for his return; his letters are no substitute for having him home. When Calvin returns, however, nothing seems to have turned out as planned.

Struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with her passion for writing and her desire to be a part of the social change in Ohio, Harriet works to build a life with her beloved Calvin despite differing temperaments and expectations.
Can their love endure, especially after “I do”? Can she recapture the first blush of new love and find the true beauty in her marriage?

About the author:

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

 

In Tiffany’s Opinion:

I really enjoyed this book. It portrayed a realistic picture of the potential stumbling blocks that occur in marriages and families, as well as the positive outcomes that envelop. It was interesting to discover that Harriet’s (Hattie) life and her path to her writing successes weren’t easy. Through hard times, she found strength and was able to help others through her literature. I found myself frustrated with Calvin and his mother, but realized that people have good intentions and act a certain way because of their background.. As the story developed, I really felt that the characters and plot came alive. It was at that point that I couldn’t put the book down! All-in all, the author did a fantastic job integrating historical facts and fiction with romance and relationships.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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