Thursday, February 24, 2011

Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael

It’s I LOVE TO READ month and I have another staff pick. Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael artfully combines fact and fiction, and the result is a well-written, splendid read.

The story begins in Haworth England where the sisters, Charlotte, Anne, and Emily turn to writing as a way of escaping their difficult circumstances. The novel follows their writing careers – beginning with poetry and eventually turning to novels. The sisters must deal with harsh criticism and raving success, and each handles these in her own unique way. Eventually the story focuses on Charlotte who must decide on her fate and her future.

Esther in our head office enjoyed the book immensely, stating that she was completely entranced and never bored by it. Michele Leber has written in Booklist that “Gael sprinkles Charlotte’s actual letters into this portrayal of the poverty and isolation of the Bronte family, and the tragedies that beset it, in language that seems true to the times. A moving view of a literary giant and the emotion that fueled her work.”

Readers have commented that it has made them want to read everything written by the Bronte sisters.

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