Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

Fanny Osborne Stevenson and Robert Louis Stevenson. Two magnificent, brilliant, creative minds. A romance born in the stars and lived to the fullest. She was his lover, best friend, confidant and muse. He was her everything. This beautiful story of their lives takes historical fiction to a new level. Fanny travels to Europe after leaving her scoundrel of a husband in California. She arrives in Antwerp with three children, she is 35, she has dreams of living a creative life without even knowing what that truly means. With little money and no one to depend on but herself (practically unheard of in the late 1800's!) Fanny meets Louis and her life would never be the same. The Scottish writer, a decade younger yearns to travel, to see, to experience and to write. And so begins two decades of their lives intertwined with much success, and also sadness. Love and loss, friendship, jealousy and everything in between. Somewhat comparable to the other stories of famous successful men and the women who love them, there seems to be one enormous difference. After a childhood filled with illness, Louis has a joy for life and happiness. He knows what it means to have Fanny in his life and he is never letting go. I knew the end before I started and still cried. These characters will be in your mind long after the novel has ended. Highly recommend this terrific read. Enjoy! BUY TODAY! Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

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