Robert Louis Stevenson's wife Fanny was not conventionally beautiful, but the writer told friends when he met her in France in 1876 he fell in love at first sight. After RLS dies, Fanny built a home in the foothills above Gilroy, CA, above right. Originally a small cottage, it was extensively remodeled in the 1930s.
Here's a story that came to late too late to be included in my new book. I think you will enjoy it:
The tools of the Industrial Revolution carried the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson all around the globe, which, along with his talent, helped to make the author of "Treasure Island" and "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" one of the 19th century's best-loved authors. When he died in Samoa in 1894, his widow, Californian Frances "Fanny" Van de Grift Stevenson, inherited his copyrights and became a very wealthy woman.