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William & Lucy

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Michael Brown Pens Outstanding Novel of an Untold Romance between William Wordsworth and the Lucy of his poems.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Michael Brown’s remarkable work, William & Lucy, takes place in England at the end of the 18th century, which marked the dawn of the Romantic Era in poetry. Wordsworth, at 28 years of age, encounters a mysterious young woman named Lucy and
Paperback, 358 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by tarn publishing
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"William & Lucy" is a somewhat speculative piece of historical fiction about William Wordsworth, based on his poem "She dwelt among the untrod ways." The woman in the poem is called Lucy, and Brown fleshes her out in the person of one Lucy Sims, a governess who is also an artist.

Brown draws fascinating characters and has clearly done his homework. He has taken actual events in the life of Wordsorth (investigation by the Crown as a spy, for example) and interwoven them into a tale that hows u
Michael Brown
Jan 07, 2013 Michael Brown rated it it was amazing
Michael Brown Pens Outstanding Novel of an Untold Romance between William Wordsworth and the Lucy of his poems.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Michael Brown’s remarkable work, William & Lucy, takes place in England at the end of the 18th century, which marked the dawn of the Romantic Era in poetry. Wordsworth, at 28 years of age, encounters a mysterious young woman named Lucy and both are smitten. Rather like Dante and his Beatrice, William and Lucy become one of the more captivating relationships in li
Charline Ratcliff
Jul 07, 2014 Charline Ratcliff rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the fictional novel “William & Lucy” by author Michael Brown. Wow, what an amazingly well-written and moving story! Brown has taken an intriguing and unexplainable poem; written centuries ago by William Wordsworth and has used it as the foundation for an incredible book. “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways” seems to be a heart wrenching poem about love found and then lost.

Who is this Lucy that Wordsworth speaks of in “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways?” Whoever she w
Diane Moyle
Dec 30, 2012 Diane Moyle rated it really liked it
This story was about the inspiration behind William Wordsworth poem "She Dealt Among the Unbroken Ways".

The author did a great job of developing the story. It was very engaging and kept me wanting to keep reading to find out what happens.

Michael Brown is a very masterful story teller. The story flowed together from beginning to end. All the loose pieces of the story were all tied together by the end as in any well written story.

I was totally engrossed in the book. I wanted the star-crossed love
Jan 06, 2013 Dad rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To anyone who likes historical novels
I recently won this book in a contest, and wasn't sure if I would like it since I really prefer mysteries. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this very fast read. I love reading for pleasure, but this was also a learning experience. I found out things I didn't know about William Wordsworth, even though it was a novel.
Amber Easton
Mar 19, 2013 Amber Easton rated it it was amazing
Some novels are able to transcend the boundaries of imagination where they touch our hearts in gentle ways that leave us nostalgic when we turn the last page: such is the impact of William & Lucy. The characters are brought to life with grace and intelligence. More often than not, I found myself smiling in writer kinship with Wordsworth's pain of finding the right word and his panic when a journal of precious work falls into water. He became more than a name of a famous poet, more than a cha ...more
Colleen Turner
In the summer of 1798 the gentleman poet William Wordsworth seems to have all the cards stacked against him. Living in the Bristol countryside, William is struggling personally, financially and, much to his dismay, artistically. On top of that he soon discovers he is being investigated by the Home Office for being a suspected antimonarchist and possible French spy, charges brought about by the gossipy hatred of his neighbors. Life seems bleak until William chances upon Lucy Sims and his very out ...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
Jan 08, 2013 Cynthia Mcarthur rated it liked it
This novel imagines the love affair between William Wordsworth and his muse Lucy Sims as the inspiration for his poem “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways.” William and his sister are next to destitute when the story opens; William’s poetry earns them a sporadic and meager income, and William learns he is under investigation for being a French spy. He’s depressed and wallowing deeply in misery when he happens upon a beautiful meadow. He stops to admire the scenery when he is suddenly accosted by ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Susie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2013
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A penniless poet struggles to keep him and his sister afloat in Britain during the Napoleonic Wars. A young orphaned woman takes a position as a governess to two children whose father is entirely too friendly. An agent for the crown is sent to a small town to investigate allegations of a traitor, maybe even a spy, posing as a poet. Their lives will intertwine to change one another permanently...

William Wordsworth isn't having
Jean Gill
May 05, 2013 Jean Gill rated it really liked it

My big problem with this book is that I believed it completely and so will forever see Wordsworth and Lucy the way Michael Brown showed them to me – great storytelling and blending of fiction with historical fact. Lucy stays in your mind as a real historical character, more than ‘a violet by a mossy stone.’ Overall, the period feel is very well-created in its detail of everyday life. I loved the Coleridge household, with its marital tensions.

I know Wordsworth’s poetry well, but not his life, an
Dec 17, 2015 Kelly-Louise rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm done. This story had several problems:

Cardboard characters
Hard-to-believe dialogue
Amateurish writing
Embarrassing editing errors (was there even an editor?)

And it felt long. I soldiered on until about 2/3 of the way through, then just couldn't do it any more. I liked the premise, but it just didn't deliver. Sad.
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An acclaimed film editor, Michael Brown has won three Emmy Awards, an ACE Eddie Award and a Lifetime Career Achievement Award for feature and TV work. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. As a TV writer, his credits include “CPO Sharkey” (NBC), “Brothers and Sisters” (NBC), “A.E.S. Hudson Street” (ABC), “Three for the Road” (CBS) and “Piper’s Pets” (NB ...more
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