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It's 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food, and company of the elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to education, literature, and more intellectual pursuits.Published author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe, but under much different circumstances. Recently widowed, he is gathering research for a new publication that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College.Befriended by the Appleton family while visiting Switzerland, Henry is introduced to Fanny and sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love. Fanny, however, is uncertain. He is from a much lower social class and is older than she is. How could such a relationship ever thrive?Could a book of Henry's poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that lasts forever and forever?

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Forever and Forever: The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton

by Josi S. Kilpack

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Forever and Forever: The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton is a delightful story of love and second chances. Forever and Forever differs from other books in Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance series as it is based on a remarkable, true story. Author Josi S. Kilpack skillfully captures the time period, setting, and historical figures of the nineteenth century with graceful and articulate writing. Readers will appreciate the authenticity and intelligence of Henry and Fanny's relationship. Kilpack delves deep into the couple's complex courtship, and mixes the perfect amount of history with romance. The novel's chapter notes and timeline offer additional insight into Henry and Fanny's lives. Discussion questions make Forever and Forever a fantastic candidate for book club. Fans of romance and/or historical fiction will fall for this novel!

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

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Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore: None

Sex/Nudity: A sexual reference is made; implied sexual activity regarding a 'kept woman'.

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Depression, death of family members, terminal illness.

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Characters drink whiskey and wine; characters smoke.

Reviewed By Rachel
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