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William & Lucy by Michael     Brown
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May 02, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from May 02 to June 23, 2012

"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 us two misunderstood people in a time when behavior was both prescribed and proscribed for people of either gender.

Wordsworth and Lucy meet by accident, when she is out with her charges. On initial meeting, each claims to be unimpressed, but neither can stop thinking of the other. Soon, they are looking for ways to meet. Lucy has the additional challenge of fending off her lecherous employer; Wordsworth is penniless and under investigation. In no way will this relationship blossom easily.

I became engrossed in the characters and their lives, and thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Congratulations to the author on his win at the Global eBook Awards.
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05/02/2012 "1 percent finished with this eBook."
52.0% "I am *really* enjoying this book."
63.0% "Pictures are hung; people are *hanged.* Also, ten pounds sterling is *not* the same as ten guineas. A guinea, during the period in which this book takes place, was worth twenty-one shillings (one pound, one shilling). This form of currency is no longer in use."
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Darlene Chan FYI, Michael is holding an author Q&A this week:

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