How Do I Love Thee? (Ladies of History #4)
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 hea...more
Best for Ages: 18 and up
I have loved this whole series by Nancy Moser. I only have one left to read (Mozart’s Sister), and I am looking forward to it. Moser does her research on a character then writes a novel that makes you feel not only like you have met the person, but also makes you feel as if you know a lot of the history.
Some people found this novel very upsetting, because they did not understand the historical context. Elizabet ...more
I don't have much good to say about this novel. The description made it appear that this was mostly going to be the tale of EBB and RB - how they met and fell in lo ...more
I knew from the first moment I read the description of this book that Elizabeth Barrett Browning and I probably had more in common than I realized. We're both the firstborn in large families (10 or more children), unmarried into our 30's (or beyond), and have at least one oppressive parent. Even so, I wasn't prepared to open this book and find so much of my own journey within the pages. Elizabeth's battles held a striking familiarity with those I have faced in my own life.
Elizabeth Barrett's fa ...more
I couldn't decide if I was going to give this book a 4 or 5 star rating. It was a bit slow in the first couple chapters and I almost returned the book to the library. But then I started getting really interested in Elizabeth and Robert and wanted to know how they were going to marry. If I could, I'd give this book a 4.5 rating.
While reading through the book, I couldn't help but wonder how ...more
The book opens with a housebound Barrett. In her thirties, she is already published and known for her poetry. But she is bedridden by a mysterious chron ...more
Interesting account of the love affair between Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. Elizabeth's father forbade her to marry and that caused her much heartache. However, Robert Browning convinced her to marry him and that story is interesting.
I felt that the beginning of the story went very slowly but I stayed with it because of the subject-matter.
The book is written in the first person. We follow Elizabeth Barrett. At times I really enjoyed this character, especially when her poetry was discussed and she got more involved with her writing. I did not e ...more
Ba had to go through a lot of things in her life with her illness, and a father who ruled the household with an iron thumb. The trials Ba goes through, the emotions, and finally the happiness will make you think of your life and just maybe it relates to B ...more
The year is 1845. 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. She has resigned herself to simply existing. That is, until the letter arrives... "I l ...more
The title, taken from one of her sonnets, is quite appropriate as ...more
The novel tells the story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and since I find her sonnets beautiful, I thought it would be interesting. From the cover blurb, one would think that it primarily covers her romance with Robert Browning, but the book actually starts earlier than that. For the first hundred or so pages, we mainly get a feel for Elizabeth's life as the overly sheltered 36-year-old da ...more
Overall - I truly enjoyed this novel. Thank Ms. Moser for writing it.
I was excited for this book so i hope it gets better...
About the middle, this picks up as Elizabeth meets Robert and gets less self involved, etc. Definitely an improvement. Stick it out!
You really read a lot, over and over, how she's an invalid and blindly devoted to her father. EBB and RB's romance was the most colorful part of the book, whereas most of the book seemed focused on her emotionally and physically weak state, never leaving her room, and mourning the death of her brother.
I absolutely loved how Robert Browning (according to this story) treated Elizabeth, the way he was so interested in her every thought ...more
The two downfalls of the book (that didn't get it a 5 star rating) is that the author doesn't pr ...more