In today's hustle and bustle of instant communication it's easy to forget a time not so long ago when life was slow and communication was even slower. If Perfectly Agreeable is one families treasure trove of letters written between 1880 and the late 1890's. The main correspondents are Joe Harrison and Fannie McDavid. They only live on opposite sides of the Escambia River, but at that time it might as well be worlds away.
If Perfectly Agreeable: A Love Story and Life in the 1880s and 1890s in Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama is a unique look into not only the lives of Fannie and Joe but their families and communities as well. Each letter is filled with tidbits of gossip and the latest "goings on" that needed to passed along. Author Anne Stanton Sims grew up with a love for family and history instilled in her by her amateur historian father. Anne's father was the one who began compiling these letters that had been saved for over a century by family members. Anne, who is the great granddaughter of Fannie and Joe, soon realized that not only did these letters hold sentimental value, but they also provided a wealth of information about the area.
Having correspondents was one of the most popular forms of entertainment during this period, and one of the only ways to find out about what was going on in nearby towns. It was also a way to meet perspective spouses and get to know them before having a face to face meeting. Fannie and Joe began writing one another in 1891 and it's fun to read the mutual admiration and affection that seems to grow with each letter.
Anne Stanton Sims does more than give the world a book with If Perfectly Agreeable, she gives us a great history lesson and an interesting look at a period when time seemed to stand still. Anne also includes several extra pages with photographs and news articles that add an extra dimension to If Perfectly Agreeable.
- Additional Information
ISBN 1500152099 EAN 9781500152093 Publisher Createspace Publish Date Sep 5, 2014 Copyright Date Sep 5, 2014 Binding Paperback
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- Unique Romance, Worth Reading
If Perfectly Agreeable is not my usual fare as far as books go. I’m more of a novel, romance, action-adventure type girl, but I’m going to have to give it to Anne Stanton Sims—this book was a charming change of pace and I did thoroughly enjoy it.
If Perfectly Agreeable is not only a wonderful history in a brilliant format (letters between Sims’ great-grandparents during their 4-year courtship make up a majority of the work), it’s a great look into life in the Southern United States in the late 1800s. As a former teacher, I can say subjectively that it’s a valuable resource for those who study civics and social studies, and would make a great addition to a high school classroom.
Choose this book because it contains a wealth of information in primary-source form, or choose it because it’s a unique love story that’s best because it’s true and honest, but order this book and put it on your list of things to read. It’s really and truly worth a few hours of your time and attention.