Wow...loved this book based on the great novelist Charlotte Bronte!
There is just something different about reading someone's life story in
novel form, rather then as a biography. The people just seem to come alive in a
well written novel.
And this was a well written novel as well as a captivating read that I didn't want to put down.
Charlotte's book 'Jane Eyre' is one of my all time favorites. I also loved Anne's book 'Anges Grey' as well as Emily's book 'Wuthering Heights,' but I have to admit I didn't know much about the lives of these lovely sisters.
But now that's changed.
In this novel...
I found myself so excited for Charlotte and her sisters as they find out their writings are going to be accepted for publication.
Then felt heart-broken as one tragedy after the other befalls this family.
Charlotte was born the third child of six to her Irish clergyman father, Patrick, and his English wife, Maria. Their six children consisted of sisters Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Emily, Anne and a brother Branwell.
This book takes your back to the village of Haworth, England, during the mid 1800's, and immerses you into the lives of this family.
Throughout this novel you are carried through their ups and downs. From losing their mother at a young age, to the older sisters sudden passings, to the three younger daughters successes, and their brothers descent into drugs and alcohol.
But among all these tragedies is a extraordinary love story between Charlotte and their fathers curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls. A relationship which started out with a distaste, but through the years turned into a great love. It was truly beautiful to read.
I loved that the author, Syrie James, kept close to the truth about this family.
She says here:
"The novel is based almost entirely on fact. All the details of
Charlotte's family life, her experiences at school, her friendship with
Ellen, her feelings for Monsieur Heger, the evolution of her writing
career, and her relationship with her publisher, George Smith, are all
true and based on information from her letters and biographies."
If you are a fan of the Bronte sisters you will thoroughly enjoy this novel, I certainly did!
Buy it HERE on Amazon