Lucy seems to have her life together – a job in an interior design shop that allows her to manage sales of first and special edition books, loving friends, a home in the bustling city of Chicago. And then James walks into the shop, and she knows she’s got it all, including love. However, secrets from her past and her present send her perfect life into a tailspin. With the help of her new and unlikely friend – James’s grandmother, Helen – Lucy will have to face her past and own up to her present before she can ever hope to get her life back on track. Venturing around England with Helen, and ending up in the hometown of the Brontë sisters, will open hearts, heal wounds, and bring Lucy to a new understanding of who she truly is.
The Brontë Plot is a light, easy, quick (I tried to take my time, but couldn’t make myself put it down…) read, but there are some gems of deep meaning lurking in there as well. Lucy’s not just a sweet, happy girl or just a damsel in distress or just a thoughtless, self-involved deceiver – she’s got some complexity to her, which I found nice. She has to discover for herself what is really important in life and what brings her true joy. And none of the other characters are simply one-dimensional. They all surprised me at times and managed to sprinkle their own little droplets of wisdom throughout the tale.
There’s no doubt that Reay is a lover of the Brontë sisters and their works – she couldn’t write her characters with as much passion for the sisters, if she didn’t share in those feelings herself. I appreciated how she reflects their stories in her work without simply retelling the Brontë’s stories.
Overall, I’d recommend Katherine Reay’s The Brontë Plot. It was certainly an enjoyable diversion. 🙂 Note, however, that the book won’t be released until November 3. You can pre-order on Amazon, though!
Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!
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