Thursday, May 14, 2015

The House of Hawthorne, by Erica Robuck

The House of Hawthorne is a Historical Novel that captures the life of Sophia Peabody and her marriage to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Through Sophia's eyes you will come to know Hawthorne is a way that is deep, tender and amazing. But maybe more amazing than learning about Nathaniel Hawthorne is the story you will learn about Sophia Peabody.

Sophia is a young woman who is sickly, so much so that her family sends her to Cuba to have some time to recuperate in a tropical climate. But while Sophia is there she will learn more about slavery and the terrible treatment of slaves than she will learn about her illness and subsequent healing from it. While in Cuba, Sophia will fall in love with a local Spanish Man whose family is settled in Cuba and making their fortune. But unfortunately they also deal in slaves, this is appealing to Sophia as she learns more about it.

Sophia is also an artist. She will paint and draw her way through life and her heart will be on display for all to see through the art that she creates.

Upon returning from Cuba she will meet Nathaniel Hawthorne. She will become enamored with him, and he with her. Their love story is unique and heartwarming. What Sophia will learn from Nathaniel and what he will learn from her is fabulous.

As you read you will be drawn in to their life together and come to see how two unique artists can live together, inspire each other, and create a home where love, warmth, tragedy and family will develop in ways that neither could have imagined.

This was my first novel by Erika Robuck that I have read, but it won't be my last. She is truly a gifted writer herself.

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