Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date published: April 2010
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Charlotte Bronte and her two sisters decide to publish under pseudonyms. Their first book of poetry doesn’t garner much success, but when Charlotte publishes, Jane Eyre, she suddenly becomes a successful author and goes to London to meet her publishers, and to confess that her and her sisters are the real authors.
Unfortunately, after the death of her siblings, Charlotte is left alone to care for her father. As she is of average looks, she feels she is doomed to a life of spinsterhood. Charlotte loved her professor, her young publisher seems interested in her and her father’s curate has just professed his undying love for her. But when Arthur proposes, her father is strictly against the marriage. Undaunted, Arthur doesn’t give up hope and they do finally marry. Charlotte is not sure at first if she can return Arthur’s love, but they do enjoy a short time together.
Juliet Gael has written a very realistic novel, combining fact with fiction to give her readers an insight into the life of a well-loved novelist. She opens the doors of Charlotte’s life and guides us through the ups and downs, the laughs and tears, the hopes and dreams of a woman who suffered a lot of emotional turmoil, before she found happiness at last. Even though it was only for a short while, it was in the arms of a man who loved her unconditionally. I really enjoyed reading this story and it left me wanting to do my own research into the life of this enigmatic woman.
Being a fan of the Bronte sisters and having enjoyed their works since my teenage years, I enjoyed looking behind the scenes and taking a peep into their lives. I found it fascinating that Charlotte’s books are almost biographical, and her own life and the people she interacted with are portrayed in her works. If you are a Bronte fan, I can highly recommend this book.
This is an objective review and is not an endorsement of this book.