Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is her second historical novel that has easily became a favorite read of mine. This book chronicles the unconventional love affair of the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. Fanny has left her old life in the states behind and has traveled with her children to Belgium. After suffering a tragedy Fanny finds herself in France where she meets the charming Scot. Before long she finds herself wrapped up in an exciting and adventurous love affair that takes them across the world and eventually to owning a large farm in the South Pacific.
The two lead such a courageous life that was fascinating to read about. They had amazing adventures together on chartered yachts traveling all over the seas. Horan captured the spirit of these historical figures so well. I loved that Fanny was such a determined woman who let nothing stop her, whether it be taking care of Louis when he was frequently ill or running the entire 400 acre farm in Samoa. She was a force to not take lightly.
Robert Louis Stevenson was the author of classics including Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and many others. This was such an amazing story that now I want to read all of his books!
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