Romancing Miss Brontë

Romancing Miss Brontë

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In this astonishing novel, a brilliant mélange of fact and fiction, Juliet Gael skillfully and stylishly captures the passions, hopes, dreams, and sorrows of literature's most famous sisters--and imagines how love dramatically and most unexpectedly found Charlotte Brontë.

During the two years that she studied in Brussels, Charlotte had a taste of life's splendors--travel, literature, and art. Now, back home in the Yorkshire moors, duty-bound to a blind father and an alcoholic brother, an ambitious Charlotte refuses to sink into hopelessness. With her sisters, Emily and Anne, Charlotte conceives a plan to earn money and pursue a dream: The Brontës will publish. In childhood the Brontë children created fantastical imaginary worlds; now the sisters craft novels quite unlike anything written before. Transforming her loneliness and personal sorrow into a triumph of literary art, Charlotte pens her 1847 masterpiece, Jane Eyre.

Charlotte's novel becomes an overwhelming literary success, catapulting the shy and awkward young woman into the spotlight of London's fashionable literary scene--and into the arms of her new publisher, George Smith, an irresistibly handsome young man whose interest in his fiercely intelligent and spirited new author seems to go beyond professional duty. But just as life begins to hold new promise, unspeakable tragedy descends on the Brontë household, throwing London and George into the background and leaving Charlotte to fear that the only romance she will ever find is at the tip of her pen.
But another man waits in the Brontës' Haworth parsonage--the quiet but determined curate Arthur Nicholls. After secretly pining for Charlotte since he first came to work for her father, Arthur suddenly reveals his heart to her.

Romancing Miss Brontë is a fascinating portrayal of an extraordinary woman whose life and work articulated our deepest human longing: to love and be loved in return.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780345520043
Characteristics: 416 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 10, 2014

What a delightful story. At times very authentic to the point I wished it would be made into movie, until the unfortunate moment describing Charlotte's marital itimacy, which really should not be in this book. Beside the dissapointing end, I really enjoyed the story and could not put it down. It is one of those books that inspires you to dig deeper into the life of the main character. It definitely sparked my interest in Bronte sisters.

Jul 13, 2010

I was a little put off by the title of this book; generally I stay away from anything with "romance" in the title. However, this book does not focus on the romantic life of Charlotte Bronte, but is an account of her life and her writing, as well as that of her two talented sisters.

While interesting, this book never fully captured my attention. I often found myself reading just to get through it. I would recommend it as good background reading to any fan of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Sararush Jun 23, 2010

The title implies that romancing Miss Bronte details the love story of a Bronte, and is somewhat misleading. Though charming to read creative fiction about the bibliomaniac and intellectually passionate sisters, and even interesting to re-imagine their literary reception, their story never quite pulled me in. Juliet Gael begins the story as all three sisters are young women on the verge of spinsterhood and shifts fairly quickly into the women they are destined to become.

They story isn't necessarily dull, but at times is written that way. The continuous point of view shifts, the incorporation of dialects into the dialogue, and that the reader is never seems to be front seat to the action and instead is re-told important events with perspective, all detract from the narrative. The most dynamic sections of Juliet Gael's creative non-fiction are the sibling rivalry and familial devotion undertones. Though told mostly from Charlotte's point of view, Gael does a good job of rounding out Emily and Anne so that each has a plausible and distinct personality. Those with a soft place for the amazing highs and tragic lows dealt the family will be unable to put this down. Others may be better served by checking out the wikipedia entries on the sisters, and re-read the undeniable fiction classics the sisters produced such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

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