Romancing Miss Brontë MOBI å Romancing Miss

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 BrontëDuring 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 EyreCharlotte’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 penBut 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 


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    35 stars rounded upI confess I am a kind of stupid fan of the Brontes and tend to want to read anything that happens to have their names associated with it So when I saw this book on the shelf at my local library I picked it up on a whim and brought it home Not how I generally choose a book but sometimes stepping away from the plan is fun And this wasJuliet Gael makes a real effort to stick to the facts where known about Charlotte Bronte which I always appreciate in an author writing about a historical figure Where she embellishes I sometimes think she may not have guessed correctly but then her guess is as good as mine I did enjoy the fictitious parts of the story the love interest and the idea that maybe Charlotte found some marital happiness at the end After all don’t we all hope the real lives of those we admire are better than we suppose?While I like Charlotte very much and I did enjoy reading Mrs Gaskell’s account of her which might not be one bit accurate than this imagining except in those parts where Elizabeth Gaskell was actually present for an event I confess that it is Emily who really captures my imagination and she was not present enough in this novel to please me It certainly makes me ache to think of Charlotte Bronte watching the deaths of all of her siblings and being left to cope alone with her cantankerous fatherAmong the best books ever written are those penned by the Bronte sisters That so much talent could exist in one family is amazing That Branwell might have had the same richness of mind and imagination and wasted it is also sad I have several other volumes on my TBR that deal with the Brontes and that I hope to get to this year I am glad I stopped for this one now though because the impulse was justified and the timing just right It was not too serious nor too light and much needed while I sat in a hospital room with my husband over the last several days