When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet's sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do.
Two months after her wedding Harriet discovers she is pregnant just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip. Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed-being a wife has been harder than she thought and being an expectant mother feels like living another woman's life. Knowing that part of Calvin still cherishes the memory of his first wife, Harriet begins to question her place in her husband's heart and yearns for his return; his letters are no substitute for having him home. When Calvin returns, however, nothing seems to have turned out as planned.
Struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with her passion for writing and her desire to be a part of the social change in Ohio, Harriet works to build a life with her beloved Calvin despite differing temperaments and expectations.
Can their love endure, especially after "I do"? Can she recapture the first blush of new love and find the true beauty in her marriage?
Kilpack has always been a master storyteller in my proverbial book. All That Makes Life Bright is a continuance of her writing skills at their best. All That Makes Life Bright is the love story of Harriet Beecher Stowe and it is untraditional in many ways, which is probably what makes it so good. Typical love stories start with the couple meeting and the ensuing courtship and then ends with their marriage. This love story starts with the marriage and you get to know the couple after the wedding. Let's be honest, marriage is hard and people are very different from each other. Kilpack does a great job of showcasing the differences, the struggles and the love that are all shared within a marriage and family. If you want a story of substance and a story that is based on a historical figure, you will definitely enjoy All That Makes Life Bright.
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