Book Review | William & Lucy
Author: Michael Brown
Published by: Tarn Publishing
I was not prepared for the emotional impact William & Lucy would have on me. Maybe it’s the poet in me, but I was deeply touched by the relationship between these two characters. There’s something special about reading about the inspiration behind a poem that gives it more depth, even if that inspiration is fictional. It was entirely believable and a sweet breathe of fresh air during a difficult time in history. Their chance encounter was amusing and not typically one that would spark a love story, but that’s what I loved about it.
I’ve always enjoyed William Wordsworth’s poetry and it was nice to get to see a man behind the poetry. The author was sure to include information at the end of the book to inform the reader what was real about Mr. Wordsworth and what was fiction. I love when author’s take the time to do that when working with historical characters. Most of what we read about actually happened to him. I would not have wanted to live during this time in history when it was so easy to fabricate evidence to fuel lies and rumors. It certainly made me grateful for the life I live now.
Lucy is a very lovable character. Sweet, but not naive. She is almost like a child herself which is why her charges from her governess position love her so much. The author did a wonderful job of describing her art with words so I could see her paintings and how they develop throughout the course of the book. If you’re familiar at all with the poem She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways then the ending isn’t a surprise, but it still pulls at the heart strings.
My favorite thing about this book is the dialogue. It’s obvious that Michael Brown writes scripts, as he has a remarkable way with giving each character a distinct voice. It’s not always easy, especially when certain characters, like His Lordship, speak so poorly. It would have been very difficult to write while un-conjugating verbs, but he does it masterfully. He really captures the feel of the era which makes this book come alive. It’s a highly enjoyable read.
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*