I just scanned through my recent read list and don’t have anything too obscure that no one has ever heard of. Most are classically known or were recommendations from bloggers so that doesn’t count, right?
So, I thought I would highlight a book that someone recommended to me out in the ‘real world’ and upon hearing more about, was absolutely sure that my circle of book bloggers would have known about.
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When I entered title and author into the awesome couldn’t-live-without Fyrefly’s Book Blog Search Engine, I only found ONE true review and a bunch of lists featuring the author’s name. So all hail Litlove* for reading this and saying it is wonderful because I really really do want to read it someday:
Published in 2007 by Ballantine Books, here’s what the blurb is off my local indie bookstore, Baker’s Books has to say.
In Forster’s historically authentic novel, Elizabeth Wilson, Elizabeth Barrett’s maid and confidante, describes her daily experiences, her impressions of the large household and, especially, her sickly but charismatic mistress’s relationship with Mr. Browning.
“Absorbing…Heartbreaking…Forster paints a vivid picture of class, station, hypocrisy and survival in Victorian society….Grips the reader’s imagination on every page.”
— SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
She was Elizabeth Barrett’s lady’s maid. But “Wilson” was more than that. She was a confidante, friend and conspirator in Elizabeth’s forbidden romance with Robert Browning. Wilson stayed with Elizabeth for sixteen years, through every trial and crisis, and when Wilson’s affairs took a dramatic turn she expected the same loyalty from Elizabeth….
I love historical fiction (though you couldn’t really tell that by what I have read lately) and I do love me some Victorian lit and forbidden love and secrecy and hypocrisy and shenanigans… AND I want to explore more poetry so why not some poets, too. What about you? Have you read this or want to?
* and Litlove is one of my favorite bloggers, too.
** Only one other friend in goodreads has this on a to-be-read list. I really expected more. Maybe because book blogging was just really getting started in 2007? This just sounds like a bookblogosphere kind of book to me…