All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Josi S. Kilpack

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Read All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe Online Free - 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?

Title : All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe
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ISBN : 162972341X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Deanne rated it ★★★★★

September 06, 2017

I'll have to admit even though I had heard of Harriet Beecher Stowe I didn't know much about her. Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, Harriet Beecher was the seventh child of the Reverend Lyman Beecher, a Congregational minister and moral reformer, and Roxanna Foote Beecher.She was an American aboli...

Heidi rated it ★★★★★

September 07, 2017

I knew nothing about Harriet Beecher Stowe before I read this book, although the name was familiar. It was fascinating to learn about who the real woman was- most known for authoring Uncle Tom's Cabin, while also enjoying a fictionalized account of a portion of her early married life. (In the aft...

Julie rated it ★★★★★

January 25, 2018

What a beautiful story. I had a long drive home a few days ago and downloaded this audiobook for my trip. I had my four daughters all with me and although they started out protesting listening to another book of mom's choice, wanting an adventure or fantasy book to listen to of their choice, they...

Natasha rated it ★★★★★

April 29, 2017

This story resonated with me as a wife and mother. When I began reading this novel, I expected it to explain how Mrs. Stowe's experiences as an abolitionist motivated her to write Uncle Tom's Cabin. While this novel did depict how residents of the free state of Ohio dealt with the volatile issue...

Alyssa rated it ★★★★★

May 09, 2017

Cheryl rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2017

I am not familiar with the name Harriet Beecher Stowe. Although, after reading this book, I had to go learn more about this woman. Harriet showed a lot of courage and backbone to stand up and lend her voice to the injustice of slavery. The world can not have enough of strong women; who are smart...

Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

It's sometimes hard to imagine how life would have been if I had lived in the early 1800's when the country was changing so quickly and women were so repressed. But then Josi Kilpack comes along and makes me feel like Harriet's life could have been my life or the life of any of us because of the...

Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

December 23, 2017

***4.5 stars*** This is an amazing book. I had a little trouble getting into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a woman of talent. She had a free spirit and intellect. She also fell in love in the 1800's, a time where women were not as valued for being independent...

Rachelle rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2017

I love historical fiction and each Proper Romance novel that Josi Kilpack has written about a person who actually existed in history has been such a joy to read. I love Kilpack's attention to detail, author's notes regarding actual vs. fictional accounts, and the incredible way that she is able t...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2018

3.5 stars. This is one of Kilpack’s best books, and my favorite in this series. It is well researched, but it’s a fictional narrative of the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe. I never knew before what a handful she was! I took turns pitying and groaning over both her and her husband in their unmatche...

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