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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/
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"?
I wanted to love this book just as I loved 'Dear Mr. Knightly' but unfortunately, I did not. I had this on pre order and was so excited to start it but after a few chapters, I put the book down and could hardly get myself to go back to it. I finally just decided to stick it out and see where it was going to go. Admittedly, it did get better but I never fell in love with the character of Lucy, even through her transformation. I also never got a good feel for the relationship between James and Lucy before the breakup and did not 'feel' the depth of brokenness from the breakup nor the mending of the relationship in the end. I was disappointed in the book as a whole but will still very much look forward to Katherine Reay's next offering.
Things I liked: Helen, Sid, the trip to England (especially Westminister Abbey and shopping for the sliver) and the people they encounter, the decorating (especially the scene in the Inn)
Things I did not like: James, Lucy's idea of generational bad character, the ending, both of Lucy's parents
The only relationship that didn't seem forced or awkward was Sid and Lucy (also Dillon and Bette). I did not like James at all. He was an arrogant, judgmental jerk--even to his grandmother.
Also, I needed more of an ending. It lacked closure for me, which I needed after all the emotions that the characters went through.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read.