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    Monday, August 24, 2009

    How Do I Love Thee by Nancy Moser

    She dreams of love for others but never for herself...

    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...

    "I 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?

    This was a decent read. My wife who loves these types of books wasn't super impressed by the story. It did lag, was slow and sadly at points desperately boring. The attention to detail and character development however was stellar. The plot and execution thereof was lack luster at best.

    I will give credit to Nancy Moser because capturing the essence of historical characters who actually lived (especially one as famous as Barret) takes guts and a really large amount of effort.