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The Brontë Plot Paperback – November 3, 2015
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“Great works of literature and other priceless antiques populate Reay’s thoughtful tribute to the Brontë sisters. The moral ambiguity makes the story more modern than its premise would suggest---and proves how well its source material holds up over time.” (Kirkus Reviews)
'Quotations and allusions flow freely in Reay’s third tribute to the female giants of English literature . . . the finely drawn characters, flawed and authentic, dominate and ground the story emotionally. Lucy realizes that her beloved Brontë characters know more about God and grace than she ever suspected. Fans may find themselves unearthing their classic novels after savoring this skillfully written homage.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
4 stars. 'Reay's latest is an enjoyable trip to Europe, although at times it reads more like a travel narrative than a novel. Readers less familiar with the Brontë sisters’ books might have a difficult time, yet the redemption of the characters is heartfelt and the plot is unpredictable.' (RT Book Reviews)
“Reay interweaves classic book characters and references, colorful descriptions, and tantalizing depictions of British literary/artsy tourist spots with a captivating, romantic storyline. Recommend to lovers of excellent storytelling.” (CBA Retailers and Resources)
About the Author
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com Facebook: katherinereaybooks Twitter: @Katherine_Reay
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This quote is one of many I absolutely loved from this novel and shows just how perfect this book is for readers who love books and understand that books are more than just words on paper. And once again Katherine Reay has released a book I will love over and over again.
As I said, this is a book for book lovers – it felt like I could sit with Helen or Lucy and chat for hours about our favorite Austen scenes or movie remakes of Jane Eyre. This story and journey understands me. You know those types of books?
Not only for book lovers, but this is a story about journeys, and not just Lucy’s.
“Hope is a hard thing to share.”
It’s a journey of discovery (with a lovely nod to another C.S. Lewis classic) and the people you meet along the way. I really liked Lucy and James. I also loved Helen, Dillion, Bette, and Sid. So yeah, pretty much the entire supporting cast. Have I mentioned her awesome use of classic literature quotes? Even when they were from a book I haven’t read, I loved it.
Life is an incredible journey and this book helped me to appreciate that again. This book is one in which you feel, not only for the characters, but your own life.
“Don’t hang on to the past so tightly you taint the future.”
And as she does so so brilliantly, classic literature references make this novel even more delightful. Now I desperately need to go on an English literary tour and read (or re-read) all the classics. This is yet another amazing winning novel from Katherine and y’all need to go buy it :).
Is there a book about books you love?
With Courage to Endure
(Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2015/11/04/the-bronte-plot-by-katherine-reay-book-review/
She received her love for reading from her father, and she especially loved his reading of the Beatrix Potter stories. But her father had long ago abandoned the family, and Lucy’s only contact is a book sent each year on her birthday. But from her mother, she knows that her father operates just the other side of the law.
Through the design store, she meets James Carmichael, a young attorney who shares Lucy’s love for reading. She helps him find book gifts for his family that contain special inscriptions. It is a relationship blossoming into love – until James discovers that Lucy has been writing the inscriptions herself and passing them off as the work of others – and bumping the price of the book up a bit. Their relationship blows up. And then James’s grandmother steps in, asking Lucy to accompany her to England on a buying trip – and to return something she stole decades before.
Published in 2015, “The Bronte Plot” by Katherine Reay is a romance constructed around classic books, and especially those of Charlotte and Emily Bronte. It’s not a contemporary retelling of either “Jane Eyre” or “Wuthering Heights,” but it is certainly infused with a love and appreciation of those works.
Reay received her B.A. and M.S. degrees from Northwestern University. She is the author of “Dear Mr. Knightley” (2013); “Lizzy & Jane” (2014); “A Portrait of Emily Price” (2016); and the forthcoming “The Austen Escape” (November).
The publisher, Thomas Nelson, is a Christian publisher, but “The Bronte Plot” makes the themes of faith and forgiveness more subtle than one might expect from “Christian fiction.” It’s clearly there – Lucy will have to face the sins of her father, and, more importantly, her own sins, which extend beyond writing a few inscriptions in old books.
This was a good read on a very rainy day.
This book does take you on a trip to London, but it also takes you on the journey of a young woman trying to improve her life by reconciling the past & moving beyond who she thinks she's destined to be. There is a handsome suitor too in the wings (there would have to be with a title like "The Bronte Plot"!).
Do our genes/family histories always predetermine our path & if so, how do we break ties & chains that really need to be broken?
Who do you want to be like when you "grow up"?
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