I recently sat to begin the book, Good Things I Wish You by A. Manette Ansay, several hours later and many cups of tea I was finished.
The book tells two stories, one modern, of a recently divorced woman withing a book about the friendship and some speculate romance between Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The other historical, of the life of Clara, Robert and Johannes. The book moves back and forth in time between the two stories and includes photographs, and letters of Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann.
I loved the book but if I was honest, the modern romance was not my favorite part of the book, I actually found it a little annoying. Not enough though to over shadow the life of Clara the celebrated pianist who married composer, Robert Schumann and their special friendship with composer and pianist Brahms. I loved reading the excerpts from the letters, and seeing and learning more about everyday life of three celebrated classical musicians.
If you are a fan of classical music, Brahms, and Schumann I think you would enjoy this book. I do not know if it shed any more light on the relationship between Clara and Johannes and whether or not they were just good friends or perhaps had a relationship that was something more. I personally was never interested in that, I simply love the music and the musicians. Good Things I Wish You is well written and very well researched, two of my favorite things in a novel.
So, on this Thursday morning, I say to you…
and have a fabulous day!