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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 Brontë.During the two years that she studied in Brussels, Charlotte had a taste of life’s splendors—travel, litIn 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 Brontë.During 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 Eyre.Charlotte’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 pen.But 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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Romancing Miss Brontë Reviews

  • Marita
    2019-05-30 16:57

    (Reviewed in May 2015, with some minor edits in May 2017) 4.5*Many years ago I visited the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth on a very, very cold snowy day. What struck me was the general bleakness. It didn't help that the upstairs windows overlooked the cemetery. The other thing that stuck in my mind was how small the clothes and shoes were that were on display.Juliet Gael does an admirable job of bringing the Brontë family, and in particular the star of this book, Charlotte, to life. One can readily imagine the parsimonious lifestyle in the austere parsonage where one did not light a fire at will for warmth. It is not difficult to see the three sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne sitting talking, sewing and writing. In fact, it is from the moment that the sisters decide to publish that their characters come to life in the book, and the novel gains its rhythm. "That evening, after their father and the servants had gone up to bed, they took up a sheet of fine stationery and signed the names of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Then Emily took out her penknife, whittled her quill to a perfect point, and began the task of making a clean, legible copy of Wuthering Heights." It is Charlotte who works tirelessly to help them achieve their aims, Charlotte who gains fame in her own lifetime and Charlotte who suffers from unrequited love dating from the time that she was in Brussels. "She would revisit Brussels; she would refashion her own story of unrequited love in the way writers have that gives them the power to transform a painful reality; she would create for herself the one thing she so desperately desired: the condition of loving deeply and being loved in return." And "Against a background of political change and social struggle, she explored the complex psychological landscape of Woman's needs, her impotence and powerlessness.". But their father, Patrick, is also there as well as their brother Branwell. Branwell too has problems in his love life, which he tries to solve by means of excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs. How do his sisters see him? Why, they were chiding him to bath, shave and change his clothing. But his father... his father wanted him to cleanse himself of sin! As for his father: "The old reverend never so much as batted an eye through all the blasphemy, but inside his heart was breaking." And what does Branwell think of his sisters' scribbles? "Good Lord, he thought with a mental scowl, what could my virginal sisters, enclosed in their miniature lives, possibly have to say? What kind of stories could they tell? Surely the same sort of childish fantasies they have been writing since girlhood."Patrick in turn has to cope not only with Branwell's dissolute lifestyle, but also with (view spoiler)[ loss of sight and the loss of his wife and of his children. He fears that he might lose Charlotte, the last of his children, and he strongly opposes her proposed marriage to Arthur Bell Nicholls. Charlotte herself is initially unconvinced that Arthur is the man for her but necessity, in the form of her father's old age and her own age and spinsterhood, forces her hand. However, a strong and loving bond forms between Charlotte and Arthur and she finds: "She had once written of her desire for a master, "one in whose presence I shall feel obliged and disposed to be good. One whose control my impatient temper must acknowledge. A man whose approbation can reward— whose displeasure punish me. A man I shall feel it impossible not to love, and very possibly to fear."" (hide spoiler)] Perhaps not how we view relationships today, but relevant at that time.There are also the faithful servants, Tabby and Martha, the family's dogs and friends and acquaintances in the novel, including Elizabeth Gaskell as well as William Makepeace Thackeray and her publisher, George Smith. Whilst the Brontë story is a heart-wrenching one, there are humorous incidents and moments of joy in the novel.Gael states in the Author's Note that "From the beginning I was committed to as much historical accuracy as the narrative could bear;..." This certainly seems to be the case. For me it does not quite score a five star rating, but it is pretty close, so 4.5* it is.Juliet Gael is the pseudonym of Janice Graham.

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2019-06-05 12:52

    A disappointing historical fiction about Charlotte Brontë, her sisters Emily and Ann, and how they came from obscurity to write some of the most enduring fiction the West has known.The first part of this story was the best. The reader gets a unique glimpse into the minds of the Brontës, what their lives were probably like and how unfortunate their brother's existence turned out to be.I loved hearing Juliet Gael's vision of their character and personality quirks.The second half of the book, focused primarily on Charlotte and her relationship with Arthur, was a drag.Up until that point, the women were surprisingly self sufficient, considering the times in which they lived. Yes, they coddled their alcoholic and opium-addicted brother. Yes, they indulged the whims of their ailing father, but for the most part, they acted how they pleased.Once Arthur enters her life, Charlotte centers every action around him. He tells her who she can write. He controls their social schedule.The book enters a repetitive loop: Charlotte does something Arthur doesn't like, he reprimands her, she writes her friend a letter about how annoying it is but she simply adores her husband so it's ok... and repeat.This was probably the reality of her situation but it sucked. I can't imagine that I would have been happy living like that. I don't believe she was either.The cringe-inducing letters Gael describes in the story actually exist. I also think that if I was a sensitive and reclusive person like Charlotte Brontë, having my personal letters published after my death would be a nightmare situation.Charlotte and her sisters were forced to live a sub-par existence because they were women.Traditional roles for women left so little room for living. It's astonishing that the Brontës were able to write anything at all, when you consider when they lived and the disadvantages to their station.They were poor, lived in the middle of nowhere and had no one they could rely on except themselves.Add to the mix a dose of religious guilt and social expectations... again, the world is fortunate to have their stories.I suggest reading Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights instead of this.

  • La Mala ✌
    2019-06-10 18:48

    3.5"Behind a veneer of a quiet, ladylike demeanor, Charlotte concealed an acerbic mind and ruthlessly harsh opinions on the weaknesses of the human species. Arthur, on the other hand, was the blustery, bigoted sort who could barely open his mouth without offending someone. Yet when the gloves came off, he had a great and tender heart, and was capable of love that would bear all wrongs, endure all tempests—in short, the very stuff that Charlotte took great pains to fabricate in her stories and that she was convinced she would never find."La novela es fiel a los hechos tal como pasaron, de eso uno no se puede quejar. La famosa declaración de amor de Nicholls a Charlotte (más a lo MR.DARCY que a lo Rochetser, hablando de "sufrimientos imposibles de seguir soportando" XD) está tal cual lo cuenta ella en una de sus cartas a Ellen Nussey. Esa escena me pareció muy bien lograda; lo mismo digo del retrato novelezco que se hace de las grandes pasiones que sufrió Charlotte en su vida: su amor no correspondido hacia M. Heger, y su otro amor no correspondido hacia George Smith. (La vida de Charlotte estuvo marcada por enamoramientos de ese calibre hasta que la declaración totalmente inesperada de Arthur Bell Nicholls y la testaruda oposición de su padre, Patrick- junto con el casamiento repentino de G. Smith- cambiaron su vida solitaria y dieron lugar a sentimientos que ella nunca creyó que viviría.)No obstante, las partes ficcionalizadas a veces se me hicieron un poco increíbles: los diálogos no acordes a lo que eran las personas en la realidad (según lo que leemos de las cartas que quedaron y demás testimonios que están disponibles hoy en día), algunas descripciones físicas erradas y acciones relatadas que, creo yo, no van con la personalidad de estas personas de las que se habla- sobre todo cuando se trata de Nicholls. Ahora bien, entiendo que se sabe poco y nada acerca de cómo pensaba o se sentía Arthur realmente (era un hombre muy privado, no le gustaba en absoluto que se le metieran en la intimidad) así que, por ese lado, es entendible que se falle en escribir un ABN creíble. ¡O capaz soy yo! La idea de imaginarme momentos sexies entre esa pareja tan hermosa, que existió, me pone incómoda...muy incómoda. A pesar de todo, fue una novela muy entretenida, romántica y fiel a la vida de la familia Brontë (aunque quizás no a la personalidad de Nicholls). La recomiendo para aquellos que tengan ganas de conocer (superficialmente, aunque sea) a las hermanas, y a tener una idea de cómo fueron sucediendo sus tristezas y sus éxitos.Reseña Original, antes de leer:¡La historia de amor entre Arthut Bell Nicholls y Charlotte Brontë ficcionalizada! DAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAME

  • Michelle
    2019-05-19 16:55

    A long admirer of Charlotte Bronte, and all the Bronte authors, I picked up this book at the library purely out of curiosity. It left me in tears. Years ago, when I was thirteen or fourteen, my mother insisted over and over that I read Jane Eyre. I kept trying, but I just couldn't get past the first 100 pages. I couldn't see how it would improve. It felt depressing and morose. Finally, when I was fifteen, I committed to it. I don't think any novel has had a greater impact on me since. I fell in love with Jane and with Mr. Rochester. I cried when the could no longer be together. It was the first classical "adult" novel I had read. My mother was right. And I've never quite gotten over it. It was, after all, my first love.This book in some ways was much the same. Charlotte's life seemed so provincial, ordinary and much of the time, morose and sad. So I wasn't sure I wanted to know. I wondered if anything happy and good, beyond the publication and vast success of her novels, would happen to her. But it did. For a brief moment, Charlotte experienced all the happiness and all the goodness her life deserved. She was a noble, good woman. She was extremely intelligent. She formed deep and lasting friendships with a broad array of people.Although the book is fiction, at first I thought it read a little too much like a biography. Now I appreciate the way the author wrote the story to so closely mirror Charlotte's real life. Because of that, I got a glimpse of an extraordinary woman. I was extremely happy to find her married to a man worthy of her. While at first she didn't see it, she came discover what a truly great man he was. He was of constant service to others and to her. All the while she had been looking for some exotic Mr. Rochester when what she really wanted had been in front of her for eight years. I think what I loved best was watching Charlotte finally fall in love with Arthur Nicholls, the constant curate who had served her father's parish so well. My hat goes off to Juliet Gael. What a beautiful story of a very beautiful woman's life.

  • Holly
    2019-06-14 16:00

    What a sad life Charlotte Bronte lived. Well, really all three women led sad lives but Charlotte had to endure more. What geniuses Emily, Anne, and Charlotte were though. I mean....how many families can have three wonderful novelists in them? I've read a book by all three, I can't say I have a favorite among them, but I've enjoyed the three I have read (5 star books). I can't imagine what Anne & Emily would have come up with if they had lived long enough. Charlotte has received the most accolades but they all deserve recognition for their literary genius. I enjoyed this novel for the most part. I liked all the information about the Brontes, most I already knew but it's still so sad to read about. So much death and sadness. Now I know why they escaped into their imaginary worlds. How lucky for their readers. What I didn't like was that I thought it was a little too long. The title kinda suggest a romance but you really didn't get to the heart of that until more than halfway through. I actually preferred just reading about the three novelists relationship with each other. Even Arthur Bell Nicholls and Charlotte's courtship was a little sad. Overall all though, the book was well written and I liked reading about Emily, Anne, and Charlotte Bronte.

  • Lynda
    2019-05-24 14:58

    For the life of me I cannot understand why I was so hesitant to read this novel in the historical fiction genre. Perhaps I was expecting more fiction than fact, more fluff than substance. What a pleasant surprise to discover that Romancing Miss Bronte was nothing like that at all. Ms. Gael's prose is somewhat Austenesque although her subject matter is nowhere near Ms. Austen's well to do, charming, close-knit family with suitors stumbling over each other. This is the story of the family Bronte headed by a patriarch who is curate of the little Yorkshire town of Haworth and perhaps living through his own grief he pays little attention to his lonely, tragic brood who resort to creating their own imaginary worlds through stories and poetry. Though their brother, Branwell struggles with his own demons, the girls, Emily, Anne and Charlotte devise a plan to publish their works under pseudonyms. The rest is literary history which Ms. Gael relates with a well researched eye. Many a reader is sure to see the love that Ms. Gael holds for her subjects as it comes through in a tender and almost sorrowful and sympathetic manner while still being truthful.I struggle giving this novel 4.5 stars when I know I should give 5, yet that would place it in the realm of Wolf Hall and perhaps it is not quite there, but so very, very close – as close as Charlotte was to a life of happiness and contentment. ( )

  • Grace
    2019-06-04 16:50

    I hope I can do justice to “Romancing Miss Bronte” when I describe why this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, certainly the best historical fiction novel I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.Let me begin by saying that even before hearing about this novel, I have always wanted to read a realistic book about Charlotte Bronte’s life. That’s because I always considered it such a tragedy that almost all the people she was close to died so early, and she herself marrying someone that (as I got the impression from reading the bios) she didn’t truly and passionately love. And dying during her pregnancy at that. What a sad way to go. I wished that there was an author out there who would be able to capture Charlotte’s life all the way to that conclusion honestly and sympathetically, at the least, with maybe some extra insight into the life of an author I only knew a little bit about. I really wanted a happy ending to what I believed was a sad fate for Charlotte, author of such a tremendous work like “Jane Eyre”. With this novel, I got all of that, but also a level of such love and respect for the Bronte siblings, their lives and work, that I was quite literally blown away.Most significantly, this book was written from the heart. I was astounded that the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne were written so well. Each had their own distinct personality that was developed fully and realistically. Even their brother Bramwell was a fully rendered character. Their close relationship as a family was very convincing. They come alive in this novel truly as sisters, bound together by love and respect, but not without their own wants and needs that lead to misunderstandings and disagreements. I was very eager to read about what their family life was possibly like, considering the author of “Wuthering Heights” was one of the sisters. I became engrossed by Gael’s skillful portrait of these sisters’ interactions with each other and with their father and brother. Gael so respects her characters that she doesn’t shy away from detailing their hurts, fears, humiliations, and even their deepest darkest thoughts. I believe you can find a well-rounded, authentic portrait of each of the characters in this novel, and we are all the better for it. For in these characters we can see ourselves.Secondly, “Romancing Miss Bronte” is well-written, meticulously researched work. As far as I can tell, the events in the book follow the events of Charlotte’s own life. The author just imagines these events in intimate detail, drawing us in the story by making every part of her life fascinating and personal. You experience her joys, suffer her humiliations, grieve with her, and feel the deepest, deepest sympathy for her. She really was an extraordinary woman, I just had no idea until I read this novel. And yet, just a real woman, with the same insecurities and emotions. Lastly, this novel is real. Despite the title, I don’t believe this book is about “romance.” It’s about Charlotte discovering her true self (cliché as that sounds). It’s an honest depiction of a human being, a woman that was under so much pressure, not only from those around her, but also from herself. A good life is not always what you think it should be, and truth can come from unexpected places, as the quote from Charlotte’s last book “Villette” on the cover page eloquently puts it. The complete meaning of the quote can only be fully realized at the end of the novel. And so, it is with complete respect and honesty that I give this marvelous novel 5 stars. Thank you, Ms. Gael. Truly, truly I consider it a great privilege to have been able to read it.

  • Georgiana 1792
    2019-06-11 10:47

    Biografia romanzata di una famiglia straordinariaQuesta biografia romanzata parte dall’arrivo del reverendo Arthur Bell Nicholls — il curato del reverendo Brontë — alla canonica di Haworth. Le tre sorelle Brontë, Charlotte, Emily e Anne, nutrono il sogno di rendersi indipendenti. Un sogno piuttosto arduo da realizzarsi per tre donne nell’Inghilterra Vittoriana. Le fanciulle, dopo una breve e difficile parentesi come istitutrici, sperano di poter aprire una propria scuola. Intanto vivono nella piccola cittadina dello Yorkshire dedicandosi a lunghe ed estenuanti passeggiate nella brughiera, accompagnate dagli adorati cani Flossy e Keeper, tollerando a malapena gli sbalzi di umore dell’amatissimo fratello Branwell — che soffre i postumi di una relazione adulterina stordendosi con alcol e oppio — e scrivendo.Fin da giovanissimi i quattro fratelli Brontë, infatti, si sono dedicati alla scrittura, ambientando le loro opere nei mondi fantastici di Angria (Charlotte e Branwell) e di Gondal (Emily e Anne). Così Charlotte, Emily e Anne pensano di raccogliere in un unico volume le loro poesie più belle e di darle alle stampe. Per farsi prendere seriamente in considerazione dalle case editrici e per mantenere l’anonimato, le tre sorelle decidono di diventare tre fratelli, Currer, Ellis e Acton Bell, conducendo una doppia vita di scrittori da una parte e di giovani e morigerate figlie di un ministro del culto dall’altra. In particolare, Emily vorrebbe scrivere solo per se stessa: è gelosa della sua vita interiore e preferirebbe non far conoscere le sue storie e i suoi versi al mondo. Teme che il mondo non capirebbe — e così è, effettivamente, in principio — e che considererebbe i sentimenti che esprime violenti ed eccessivi.«Abbiamo fatto tutta la strada fino a Wycoller», aggiunse Emily, che era un’indomita camminatrice dotata di un’incredibile resistenza che non paventava di affrontare colline, spoglie brughiere, distese di erica e di ginestrone, né di guadare torrenti o di raggiungere le cime più alte, per tornare a casa soltanto quando l’ultima traccia di luce aveva lasciato il cielo. Raramente diceva loro dove era andata o cosa aveva visto, ma a volte mostrava il disegno che aveva fatto strada facendo. Un giorno era rientrata con un falco ferito, che aveva curato e chiamato Nero.La Gael ci racconta degli straordinari personaggi della canonica di Haworth: le tre sorelle che affermano al mondo il loro talento e Branwell, la cui vita e il cui talento vengono sprecati a causa di un amore infelice e di un temperamento poco perseverante.È invero una di quelle piccole tragedie umane, alcuni arriverebbero a parlare di scherzo divino: riempire un cuore di desideri, modellarlo così perfettamente a una vocazione e poi negare a chi lo possiede il coraggio necessario a soddisfarla.Ancora ci fa vedere il diverso atteggiamento dei fratelli nell’affrontare la vita e la malattia. In particolare Emily e Anne, che si ammaleranno a breve distanza l’una dall’altra. Emily è più fatalista: quando si ammala si rassegna e si lascia vincere dalla malattia come una barca alla deriva. Anne è invece più tenace, è coraggiosa e combatte la malattia “come se trovasse esilarante l’idea di trovarsi faccia a faccia con la morte”. Il titolo di quest’opera di Juliet Gael mi sembra piuttosto riduttivo: sebbene il primo capitolo e il titolo ci facciano sospettare che si tratti di un romanzo incentrato sulla storia d’amore fra Nicholls e Charlotte con l’aggiunta di elementi biografici, in realtà ci troviamo di fronte a una vera e propria biografia di tutta la famiglia Brontë. In alcuni tratti questo libro ha proprio il sapore di una biografia tradizionale: c’è ben poco di romanzato. La Gael, riportando recensioni di libri, articoli di giornale e frammenti di lettere autentiche, veste infatti il suo lavoro di un’aria accademica. Tuttavia, subito dopo si ritorna alla fiction grazie a dialoghi e pensieri. La Miss Brontë del titolo (Charlotte), poi, risulta essere la protagonista della storia semplicemente perché è stata la più longeva delle sorelle Brontë e anche quella di cui sono rimaste più testimonianze. Ecco perché nella seconda parte del libro, sono Charlotte e Arthur gli indiscussi protagonisti, con la loro storia d’amore, di devozione e di perseveranza, che è davvero degna di un romanzo. Tuttavia il titolo continua a risultare riduttivo, sebbene ritenga una scelta adeguata la sua ‘non-traduzione’ in italiano.Nel suo tentativo di non romanzare troppo la storia, aggiungendo dettagli che potevano però evincersi dalle storie delle eroine dei suoi romanzi — e di restringere la narrazione agli anni che vanno dal 1844 circa, fino alla morte di Charlotte nel 1855 — la Gael dice troppo poco riguardo alle esperienze delle sorelle Brontë nelle scuole da loro frequentate: nella Clergy Daughter's School, di Cowan Bridge, nella scuola di Roe Head e, infine, nel Pensionnat Heger di Bruxelles. Su quest’ultima esperienza in particolare, che vide Charlotte innamorarsi del suo professore, Monsieur Heger, l’autrice ha preferito mantenersi molto vaga, limitandosi ad accennare alle lettere che i due si scambiarono. Del resto anche Elizabeth Gaskell — a cui il padre e il marito commissionarono una biografia di Charlotte —, dopo essersi recata a Bruxelles per indagare sulla relazione intercorsa fra insegnante e allieva, fu piuttosto reticente, non si capisce se per mancanza di testimonianze raccolte o per proteggere il buon nome dell’amica.Interessante, invece, il rapporto della Brontë con la Gaskell, che è chiamata familiarmente ‘Lily’: un rapporto fatto di stima e di solidarietà femminile, sebbene talvolta la Gael — probabilmente attingendo alle atmosfere del romanzo di Elizabeth Gaskell Cranford — abbia dipinto la Gaskell e la sua cerchia come un gruppo di signore dedite alla chiacchiera facile. Come in una biografia che si rispetti, il narratore è esterno, sebbene spesso la Gael ci faccia scorgere il punto di vista di alcuni personaggi. Lo stile è molto elegante e le descrizioni della brughiera dello Yorkshire fanno onore ai protagonisti del romanzo. Tuttavia, specialmente nella prima parte, la distinzione fra biografia reale e parte romanzata si sente nettamente: sembra di assistere ad uno di quei documentari in cui alla narrazione di fatti storici si alternano filmati realizzati per supportare il racconto, con una sceneggiatura posticcia. Nella seconda parte, quella che ha il diritto di assumere il titolo di Romancing Miss Brontë, invece, la narrazione scorre fluida, forse proprio perché è più romanzata e meno documentata. Un romanzo imperdibile per gli ammiratori della famiglia Brontë, ma affascinante anche per chi è semplicemente curioso di scoprire cosa accadeva in quella fucina di talenti che era la canonica di Haworth negli anni 40 e 50 del XIX secolo.Potete leggere la recensione completa QUI:http://greenyellowale.blogspot.it/201...

  • Lorraine
    2019-05-25 17:45

    Haunting, intriguing, enthralling! Juliet Gael’s Romancing Miss Brontë is a delight! Once I picked this book up, if I stopped reading it for a short while, I continued to think about these characters until I began reading the book again. The Brontë family and all the people who are connected to the Brontës truly became real people to me. I cared about all of them, and I reacted to them. When Patrick Brontë yelled horrific statements to Charlotte, I became angry. I marched across the moors with Emily. I was quiet and reflective with Anne, and I wanted to shake Branwell senseless. I laughed, cried, but I kept Charlotte’s hope. I cheered when Charlotte published Jane Erye; Emily published Wuthering Heights; Anne published Agnes Grey. I waited with the authors until the reviews were released. I felt all their emotions. And then there was Arthur, Patrick Bronë’s curate. This is an excellent book and a ‘page-turner’ as well. Congratulations, Ms.Gael, on a truly beautiful book. It was my pleasure to read this fine work. Thank you. Highly recommended!!

  • Lady Strawberry
    2019-05-31 15:56

    Se siete delle appassionate delle sorelle Brontë e avete letto i loro romanzi, non potrete fare a meno di questo libro. Juliet Gael ripercorre la vita di Charotte, Emily e Anne Brontë in una delicata sintesi di realtà e finzione. Le loro vite ritirate e a contatto con la natura, le difficoltà di dimostrare il proprio talento perché donne, le privazioni e la salute cagionevole che porta alla prematura scomparsa delle due sorelle più giovani, il successo che giunge, forse troppo tardi, le passioni, i sogni e le sconfitte di Charlotte ma anche di tutte e tre le sorelle, di cui lei fu sempre portavoce. Il romanzo è molto centrato su Charlotte, la maggiore delle sorelle scrittrici, la più famosa e longeva (Emily e Anne moriranno rispettivamente nel 1848 e 1849 di tubercolosi, la stessa malattia che aveva stroncato al vita del loro unico fratello e che le aveva rese malaticce per tutta la vita, mentre Charlotte morirà nel 1854) autrice di quel Jane Eyre che tanto le portò fortuna e per il quale è ancora ricordata tra le più grandi scrittrici della letteratura mondiale. Il personaggio creato da Charlotte è ancora oggi letto, analizzato, studiato, criticato, amato. Ma non ero pienamente a conoscenza di cosa ci fosse dietro Jane fino a quando non ho preso in mano questo libro. Leggere Romancing Miss Brontë ha significato per me rivivere gioie e dolori di una scrittrice da me tanto apprezzata e capire meglio uno dei miei romanzi preferiti. Un libro che mi ha aiutato a realizzare meglio quale fosse la condizione femminile in epoca vittoriana, in particolare cosa significasse essere scrittrice e dover dimostrare sempre il proprio valore e talento in un mondo governato da uomini che continuano a vedere Charlotte non come una loro pari ma come una donna che meglio starebbe in cucina. Ma sono donne come Charlotte e le sue sorelle quelle a cui la letteratura e la cultura devono rendere grazie. Il libro della Gael lo ribadisce e lo fa molto bene.

  • Elena T.
    2019-05-31 16:59

    “Ma l’intelligenza era una qualità inutile in una ragazza, e così Charlotte aveva tenuto le sue speranze strettamente confinate nella sua immaginazione. Le teneva chiuse a chiave nelle sue scatoline, negli scrittoi e nei cassetti segreti, e guardava il fratello avventurarsi nel mondo per vivere i suoi sogni al posto suo.”Grande carica emotiva per questo scritto sulle sorelle Bronte, con spiccata enfasi nella seconda parte per il rapporto di Charlotte con il curato del padre Arthur Nicholls.Il profumo dei pascoli e dei campi d’erica, accentuate dalle forti cariche ventose dello Yorkshire che quasi vibrano nelle eleganti descrizioni di Juliet Gael, mi hanno fatto dimenticare l’afa pomeridiana di questa calura di fine agosto *.*

  • Dana Loo
    2019-05-31 18:58

    Un romanzo che mi ha sorpreso, come la bravura della Gael che è stata capace di far rivivere, mescolando in modo sapiente realtà e finzione, le vicende tragiche e appassionate, di tre donne straordinarie. Una storia intensa che ci fa anche riflettere sulla condizione delle donne nel periodo vittoriano. La figura sorprendente di Charlotte Bronte, emerge da queste pagine in tutta la sua umanità, forza, talento...

  • C
    2019-05-24 18:50

    I must mention now: I'm not the kind of person who would be seen reading a book with "romancing" in the title. But for "Miss Brontë", I shall read! Anything for the Brontës. Other writers during the Brontës time were mainly concerned about money and marriage, but the Brontës were more more more. That is what I love about them. A lot of women of the day would have seen Arthur as a marriage opportunity the second they met him. But even after Arthur proposed, Charlotte remained unconvinced. At almost age forty Charlotte thought of herself as a stunted, spinsterish, poor parson's daughter. Knowing how rare it would be to ever receive another proposal, still she did not immediately accept. She wanted to marry for love and did not love Arthur... yet.I was worried 'Romancing Miss Brontë' would take everything that happened within Charlotte's life, and make it simply about her marriage. It did not. The devastating deaths of the siblings occur about halfway through the book. I think this is the perfect amount of time for the relationship between Charlotte and Arthur to develop, while also letting the reader get to know Emily, Anne and Branwell, though I must admit I liked reading about the interactions between the siblings more, especially their walks along the moors. That simply may be due to the sort of reader I am. The closest (and only) thing I've read in the "romance" genre are the Brontë novels. For all the freedom women have in 2010, there is another sort of freedom women had in the 1840s. Women in those days could walk around any moorland they wanted to. These days, if there is anything resembling moorland in America, you would be hard pressed not to find 'private property' signs everywhere you looked (and risk getting shot if you ignore said signs). That, for me, is the ultimate "romance" in the time of the Brontës. Freedom has been gained but so much has been lost. The Brontës mainly wrote about their own past experiences, but it was surprising to see how their books also eerily predicted their futures. Charlotte wrote of the Mr. Rochester fires in Jane Eyre long before her brother Branwell was saved from a fire by Anne and Emily. Arthur's personality reminded me of Jane Eyre's cousin, John Rivers, who discovers Jane near death on the moor, long before Arthur himself mentions the same comparison to Charlotte in 'Romancing Miss Brontë'. Sure, it is a charming and excellent bit of this book, but did Arthur really say this in real life? I'm always skeptical of historical fiction. I don't like things to be made up just to make a better plot about real people that once had their own integrity to protect, rather than a fictional character. After all, Charlotte can not defend herself now. I was wary that a novel about the Brontës could sensationalize their lives (which is funny, seeing as how if anyone can find a fault with the Brontës, it is their penchant for gothic drama...but I happen to love that sort of thing.) Even just writing something that Charlotte would have never really said would bother me. I'm not very knowledgeable about the Brontës, but I don't believe 'Romancing Miss Brontë' takes any liberties: I believe Gael's writing sticks close to the truth. This book is perfect if you'd like to know more about the Brontës (especially if you'd rather read about them in novel form, rather than a biography). It is also a great read if you already know a ton about the them. If you are a fan of anything Brontë, read this. If you want to get a better understanding of why the Brontës were so loved, in their time and ours, read this. The Brontës are amazing. You could probably write anything about them and I would be pleased that they are being remembered.Sometimes I think of the possibilities of a life. What if Anne, Emily and Charlotte had died the same age as their sisters, Maria and Elizabeth? It makes me sad to wonder what would have happened to literature if the world did not have their books. What amazing novels are we missing that Maria and Elizabeth could have written? And what if Anne, Emily and Charlotte had lived longer? What else may they have written? Imagine if they knew their books were still being read 150 years later! It seems as though the Brontës are fiction themselves, so it would make sense to write a first novel about them. Juliet Gael does a lovely job of it. I'm looking forward to seeing what Gael delivers next. Gael's prose alone tells me I'd be interested in her next book, even if it isn't about a topic as captivating as the Brontës.

  • Maria Grazia
    2019-05-28 13:00

    If you love Jane Eyre and Charlotte Brontë, this novel is unmissable. If you are interested in the lives of the Brontë family, so full of sorrow and talent, you'll love it.Impossible not to be fascinated by the story of the three sisters who managed to get to fame thanks to their strength, talent and ... stubborness. Yes, stubborness. Because, if we have Jane Eyre, Villette and Shirley, Wuthering Heights, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, we owe that especially to Charlotte's stubborness. She fought to make it and made it at last. This is the prevailing trait of her personality revealed in Juliet Gael's portrait: a certain tenacity, we might even recognize as stubborness.The romance suggested in the title is a constant element in the story. Charlotte spent most of her life trying to forget Monsier Heger, the married professor she fell in love with, unrequited, when she was studying in Brussels. She tried to recognize his stern stare and his strong personality in any man she met, and when she couldn't find them anywhere around her, she depicted those traits on paper, attributing them to her own iconic hero, Mr Rochester.She could never replace Monsier Heger with anyone like him, but she was flattered by the playful, thoughtful, friendly attentions she received by her young and handsome publisher, Mr George Smith, and finally realised loyal, devoted love had always waited for her in the most unexpected place, in the heart of her father's vicar, Reverend Arthur Bell Nichols. Juliet Gael make their love story a very touching romantic tale.Sisterly love is, of course, one of the main themes in this novel, especially in the first part. Charlotte had a very special bond with Emily, whom she considered the most gifted of them all. She deeply admired her and tried to support and protect her, as well. In Ms Gael's picture, she wasn't so patient with Branwell nor easily bore his weakness; she couldn't re-create with Anne the same bond she had with Emily. Anyway, their childhood is conveyed as an extraordinary adventure and a relatively happy period in this novel and it really must have been when they escaped and found refuge in the world of fantasy they had created. Nothing could harm them there. The conflict with the patriarcal figure of Patrick Brontë is the focus, anyway. Due to her experience as a scriptwriter, Juliet Gael has learnt that a very successful strategy to design a biopic is focusing on one conflict, so she decided to build Charlotte Brontë 's novel around the conflictual relationship between the patriarcal figure of the father, Patrick Brontë, distant and authoritative, and his talented daughter, who feared and revered him.If you expect Charlotte as obscure, plain and little, you'll be disappointed. She is a real heroine: a tiny figure indeed in stature, but a giant woman in will, talent and passion. The sensation you get while reading is just that of an extraordinary family, one who produced three world class writers. I've always thought that the sadness of the three sisters' common destiny and the solitude of their almost secluded lives make their achievements even more astonishing: their vivid imagination and their talent gifted readers with tales which were completely different from everything that had ever been written before. Read my complete review at http://flyhigh-by-learnonline.blogspo...

  • Serendipitous
    2019-06-15 14:54

    This is a very enjoyable fictionalized biography of Charlotte Bronte. She grew up fairly sheltered, with a trip to continental Europe providing her only real life experience outside of the English countryside. While studying in Brussels, she fell deeply in love with one of her professors, but to her great sorrow, her love remained unrequited. She drew upon the passion and dreams of this period, as well as her own fertile imagination, to write "Jane Eyre." Charlotte and her sisters and brother amused themselves while growing up by creating numerous stories with original fantasy characters. These magical early tales, and their abilities to create them, gave rise to the stories each sister would publish in young adulthood. Tragically, they all died young; their brother never fulfilled the early promise of his own writing talents. The world is left to wonder what other great volumes of literature we could have enjoyed if only Emily, Anne, and Charlotte were able to continue writing.I came away from this book with a strong respect for the often difficult circumstances of Charlotte Bronte's life. She watched her beloved sisters and brothers die of disease at a young age. Charlotte was left to care for her often difficult father. She finally found love after marrying Arthur Nicholls, the curate from her father's rural parish. It's especially sad that they had very little time with each other. Arthur loved her deeply, though his affection was returned only after they were married. He lost her too soon - we all did.

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2019-05-19 12:47

    Plot summary: A fictionalised version of Charlotte Bronte's life from the time Arthur Nicholls becomes her father's curate to her death.Thoughts: I think perhaps the title is misleading here. It gives the impression that it's going to be a "Becoming Jane" kind of a story, where in fact it's far more focused on Bronte's homelife with her family, and her struggles with her eventual fame. While her eventual marriage to Nicholls does, obviously, come into the book, there is little of it in the first 300+ pages of a 416 page book. It's well written, and I enjoyed it. It's - not surprisingly - quite depressing, given the Bronte family's ability to die in unfortunate ways at a very young age. On the whole, it was more like an easy-to-read biography than a novel. You know, up until the part where she gets married, and suddenly you're reading about her sex life.......

  • Jae
    2019-06-02 14:46

    Well-written and researched, this book kept me enthralled from beginning to end. The story of Charlotte Bronte's relationship with her husband is particularly engaging. Although not a love story, the book is full of tenderness both for and between the characters. 4.5 stars. Definitely recommended.

  • Marilyn F
    2019-06-09 16:37

    Good interesting history as fiction, esp for me as Wuthering Heights was one of the books in my honor's thesis ... probably more a 3.5, I think sometimes the writing was kind of self-conscious, and she may have lost that half a point just for writing that she was "ringing" out a cloth - I know regular people make those kinds of mistakes all the time (but really, how hard is it that you're is you are and your is a posssessive??), but a 'real' writer also aiming for more of a tone of the period, closer to Brontes' own letters - tsk, tsk. But I did get to feel I got to know the sisters and their lives and how their books became a part of that, in a way I hadn't before, and I looked forward to jumping back into the book each time and getting more.

  • Emily
    2019-05-29 17:48

    Excellent read. I finished this book just in time before I visit Haworth in a couple of weeks. The author fills in the gaps beautifully using fact and fiction to paint a portrait of such a talented family. I can imagine the conversations that took place between the sisters, as they went about their lives in a dreary parsonage, all the while escaping their hardships through their creative writing. I developed a real soft spot for Arthur and Patrick Bronte as I felt their heartache through so much loss. They are great examples of perseverance and endurance to the very end of their lives. I felt the love that Arthur had for Charlotte, which was so tender and genuine. I'm glad they had each other even though it was short lived. If you are a fan of the Bronte Family then this book will deepen those feelings.

  • Monicaa
    2019-06-01 12:41

    Cosa c'è di diverso da I sogni perduti delle sorelle Bronte?Poco o nulla.Seconda biografia romanzata che non ha neanche il pregio di esser la prima.Posso riconoscere all'autrice solo il dono di aver reso più simpatico e innamorato Mr. Nicholls.Nonostante si legga con piacere, continuo a preferire e sponsorizzare la biografia di Elizabeth Gaskell.

  • Ruth Chatlien
    2019-06-03 13:50

    I mostly liked this novel. The characters are well drawn, and the book gives a good sense of what Charlotte Brontë's life was like. The aspect that bothered me most and prevented me from giving this five stars was the point of view adopted by the author. She used third-person omniscient, and at times the narrator seems so detached and above it all, particularly when trying to summarize a lot of material or provide a significant flashback. Such sections read like infodumps. Fortunately, those pretty much disappear once you're about a fourth of the way in. Still, I found this impersonal POV an odd choice for a novel about such a passionate writer.

  • Sherry
    2019-05-22 14:07

    Such a remarkable life. Such a love story. I enjoyed every page.

  • Laura
    2019-05-28 13:00

    I can imagine Charlotte would approve of this book. Honest truth is what she aimed to reveal in her life and to her readership. Usually when an author takes liberties to devise a fictional account of another's life, it's poorly written, cheesy, and extremely wild and romantic in its imaginings. Sometimes the truth is twisted to fit the author's wish for a better outcome. This happens constantly with Jane Austen, but so far I've read two books (including this one) that portray Charlotte Brontë as true to life as possible based on literary and academic scholarship (the other: Jude Morgan's ​Charlotte and Emily​), no frills added, and so strikingly similar to one another and all the research that, to a fan and Brontë scholar, must speak the truth.And for that, I have to say this is one of my favorite books.Charlotte led such a hard life and I find her and the family utterly fascinating. They each desired love and affection, passions that would throw them off their feet, and yet also desired to be reclusive and alone. This duality speaks to me as an individual - and for someone who may not feel the same, Gael did an excellent job describing Charlotte's dilemmas. Not a moment of the book was rushed, which is such a blessing. This spans across a decade of Charlotte's life, and everyone who shaped her eventually shaped her novels. The influence is key to every moment of her life, and any subject - such as her crush on her publisher, the way she snubbed the curate and later fell in love, the way she portrayed herself to various friends in her letters - was given its proper justice and detail.Academic and literary truth aside, it was still vastly entertaining! We learn more about Emily, Anne, and Branwell; the insecurities Charlotte felt about her appearance; the overbearing clergyman father; the duties of the curate Arthur; the stardom the "Bell brothers" faced and who they met - far more interesting than reading a biographical description! The language is beautiful as well, and truly mimics the way Charlotte wrote in her letters. Each character had a distinct personality without exaggeration, and despite knowing how everyone's story ended, I was anxious to see how it would be written. An author that tackles a topic wherein the reader already knows the ending is certainly an author to admire - the fact Gael kept me on the edge of my seat deserves an award!Finally, I'm so glad Gael gave life and breath to Arthur. She had little information to work from, but what information she had were derived from first-hand accounts recorded by Charlotte and Arthur's friends and neighbors. The language of the time would suggest criticism or flattery, and I think Gael did a wonderful job of shaping just the right kind of man he must have been. He was no random, ordinary man who waltzed into the home and asked for her hand in marriage; no, he was there throughout all of her joys and sorrows, on the edge, waiting for the perfect moment, and gave her the happiest last few months of her life.Fantastic book. Utterly beautiful.

  • Pkc181
    2019-06-17 12:01

    I anticipated enjoying this book even though I did not really hope to learn anything new about Charlotte Bronte or her immediate family (most notably her sisters Emily and Anne and their “difficult” father, the Reverend Patrick Bronte). As an avid Bronte fan, I’ve read quite a few biographies on the Brontes, including what I consider to be the definitive work on the family “The Brontes” by Rebecca Fraser. I picked up this book primarily because I was intrigued on how the author would present Charlotte’s love life, as the title suggests, as the centerpiece of the action. First-time author Gael does not disappoint, competently covering Charlotte’s passionate feelings for the few men in her life outside her family: first her French professor, then her handsome London publisher and finally the man whose love she finally accepts, the curate Arthur Nicholls.This book covers the last 10 years of Charlotte’s life when everything is just beginning to happen for her and her sisters. She’s written “Jane Eyre” and against all odds gotten it published to acclaim. She is swept off to London on what today we’d call a publicity tour where she gains a wider perspective on the world beyond the desolate Haworth and is presented with life options that challenge her to decide what it is, exactly, that she wants out of life. The well-known facts that round out Charlotte’s & her family’s life during this period are deftly handled and melded into an engrossing fiction that kept me turning the pages even though I knew how the action would end.I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to find how moved I was by this debut novel that truly brought several members of this extraordinary literary family alive much more than some of the more detail-laden biographies I’ve read. I was especially impressed by how the author presented a full emotional portrait of both Emily Bronte and the stoic Arthur Nicholls. The author grants us more than a little insight as to why Emily was the way she was and would produce something as dark and passionate as “Wuthering Heights” as compared to her more demure sisters Charlotte & Anne. And when it comes to Arthur Nicholls, this is the first time I’ve read any book with him presented as something more than an empty shell of a devoted clergyman. Finally we get a realistic and sympathetic portrait of the full flesh and blood man who ends up marrying Charlotte near the end of her life. The author makes a convincing case for why Charlotte would end up choosing to marry Arthur Nicholls at this point in her life when, as a successful author, she had choices in life. For this revelation alone, I would recommend reading this book.Based on her showing with this debut novel, I am really looking forward to see what author Juliet Gael does next.

  • Hooma
    2019-06-11 13:03

    I devoured this book - I could not put it down and I enjoyed every moment of it. Reading this book has inspired me to read the writings of other famous 18th century British female novelists.I learned so much about Charlotte Bronte from this novel and even though this text falls into the category of historical fiction, the key characters and events are accurate and project a very real picture of who Charlotte Bronte was and the kind of life she lived.This statement may sound a bit cliche, but this book inspires one to follow their dreams. Charlotte, who had few if any role models in the form of a female writer nevertheless followed her passion and refused to be deterred. Her only reviewers when she was writing were her two sisters, Emily and Anne. She managed to write in extremely difficult conditions -- financial constraints, illness, the presence of a difficult father and an alcoholic and drug addict brother. Because she was a woman she wrote under the pen name of "Currer Bell" and for a long time hid the identity of her work from the public, including her father and brother. Despite devastating setbacks in her personal life and scathing reviews from critics and fashionable London society, she managed to keep writing and remained true to her work. Bits and pieces of Charlotte's own life appear in her writings and this book identifies them. It becomes apparent that so much of Charlotte's own life experiences are interwoven in the novel she wrote.I found it especially funny that Jane Eyre was considered a "naughty novel" for its time, because Jane freely confesses her romantic feelings for Mr. Rochester. Apparently, a woman of good breeding and of a certain social class would never do such a thing. Despite the criticism Charlotte received on this point, she held steadfast and did not change her opinion or her writing to conform to what other people thought was appropriate.It saddened me deeply to see Charlotte's genius cut short by her death at a very young age; nevertheless, during her short lifetime, she wrote some of the most enduring novels of the time period.For fans of historical fiction and who are fascinated by classical novelists, this is a great read. It is inspiring and full of rich imagery and detail that will be sure to satisfy your appetite for the backstory of the author's life.

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    2019-06-12 12:50

    ‘If you could only be content with mortal love –stripped of all delusion.’This novel begins with the arrival in Haworth of Arthur Bell Nicholls, Patrick Brontë’s new curate. It is 1845, and the four surviving Brontë siblings (Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne) are all living in Haworth Parsonage with their father. Charlotte has returned from her time in Brussels, and her experience there and her attachment to Constantin Heger, partly define the woman we meet in the pages of this novel.By the time the novel opens, Branwell is in disgrace and has turned to drink and opium. Caring for him and supporting their father occupies the sisters physically, but not emotionally. As children, the Brontë siblings had created and written about imaginary worlds. As adults, Charlotte, Emily and Anne still wrote. Reading some of Emily’s verses is a catalyst for Charlotte’s dream of publication, which leads to a new world of possibility.Charlotte may be the central character in this novel, but it is Arthur Bell Nicholls who shines. Those familiar with the Brontë story will know the chronological details of their lives and deaths. Those unfamiliar with the detail will get a good sense of who they were from this novel. I’d like to imagine that Charlotte found the kind of happiness with Arthur Bell Nicholls that Ms Gael writes of in this novel. There are challenges in writing novels that involve real people, especially real people as beloved as the Brontës. I’m not entirely comfortable with Ms Gael’s portrayals of Patrick and Anne, but while that impacts on my overall enjoyment of the novel it doesn’t detract from Ms Gael’s portrayal of Charlotte. If you are interested in the Brontës, whether you have read their novels and poetry or not, this is an enjoyable novel. And if reading this novel moves you to explore their world further, there are some wonderful biographical works available. As well as the novels.Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  • Linda
    2019-06-12 16:03

    Charlotte Bronte was the only one of her five siblings to marry, though it seems she loved three men in her short lifetime. The title of this book, Romancing Miss Bronte, is something of a misnomer, since this poor woman actually experienced very little in the way of romance. The Bronte sisters who became writers lived with their minister father in the remote moors of Yorkshire, in a bleak stone house on the very edge of a graveyard. To understand the impact of environment upon their lives, it is only necessary to read Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights; these ladies took no poetic license in conveying the essence of the desolation of such a place in the days when transportation options were limited. Juliet Gael does nearly as good a job, not only with environment but also with the characters, as she dramatizes the closeness of their years together. Patrick Bronte, the family’s patriarch, is particularly well represented, and I don’t mind saying that I was surprised at the selfishness with which he treated his daughters, good girls all, and devoted to his well being. Also, it is easy to forget that, until the twentieth century, it was extraordinarily difficult for a woman to find both a publisher and acceptance from the reading public; what the Brontes wrote was considered daring and shocking, even when it was generally believed that the authors were men. But these three managed to do just that, although, sad to say, neither Emily nor Anne lived to enjoy their success. But, toward the end of her life (which was unforeseen at the time), Charlotte finally found some genuine happiness. Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte, and like Jane, Charlotte found the love she so longed for and deserved.

  • Melodie
    2019-05-18 13:47

    This book has been on my very long "to-read" list since 2011. After making a resolution to myself that I would tackle books that have been long simmering on that epic list, this was the luck of the draw.And I am so glad it was. Having been a fan of the Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, and only somewhat aware of the true lives of this distinguished but seemingly doomed family, I was ready. The story follows Charlotte and her family from childhood(done retrospectively) into early adulthood and to their deaths. It chronicles their escape from their dreary lives on the moors of Yorkshire by penning stories and poems that will be considered some of the greatest of English literature. Considered socially stunted and doomed to spinsterhood,Charlotte wrote truthfully of women's emotions and struggle in dealing with love and the men in her life.Wile she seemed to accept her lot in life, she railed against it in her novels. She was a proper lady of her day with a heart that yearned for passionate love.Written under a pen name, the public was titillated and soon it became quite the subject of speculation as to who was the true author.And through it all Charlotte and her sisters went about their lives. And when love came to call, it found Charlotte reluctant. The woman with all that passion in her prose, could not believe that she would be capable of passion in real life.I was taken by the style of writing as much as the substance.The line between fact and fiction was almost seamless.This blend is hard to pull off. But it was done brilliantly here. I'm so glad I dusted off that "to-read" shelf.This was a treasure.

  • Angigames
    2019-06-14 14:03

    4 stelle e mezzoUn grazie infinite a Juliet Gael che con il suo romanzo mi ha permesso di conoscere una parte della vita della meravigliosa scrittrice Charlotte Bronte. Questo libro, che mescola realtà e fantasia, è narrato con passione e amore. C’è una sorta di venerazione e una cautela estrema, si vede che l’autrice ama la figura della Bronte e non vuole sminuirla affatto. Quello che vuole è che anche il lettore meno propenso alle biografie e ai saggi possa apprezzare il ritratto di una donna dell’800. E che donna! Una creatura affascinate, testarda, di un’intelligenza fuori dal comune, capace di creare opere che sono rimaste nella storia, ma costretta a reprimere il suo essere per volere di quegli uomini ottusi che non apprezzavano l’intelligenza femminile. Charlotte è una figura determinata, sincera e forte, ma anche fragile perché come ogni essere vivente del pianeta sogna di essere amata e di amare con tutta se stessa. Per senso del dovere e devozione verso un padre autoritario, ottuso, un po’ egoista ma che l’ha cresciuta con affetto, racconti e libri, Charlotte crede di non meritare l’amore di Arthur, che invece è prontissimo a darle tutto quello che merita.Tra finzione e realtà il lettore si ritrova in una storia di altri tempi, una storia di coraggio, orgoglio, passione, amore e bellezza. Una storia di vita vera che io ho adorato.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-26 15:02

    I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by this book. I am generally not partial to books and especially novels about a famous author’s life or sequels to their great works. If you have read Pride and Prejudice than I am sure your own imagination was sufficient about the lives of the Darcy's after their wedding vows and therefore are not in need for some cheap invention of Victorian sex. So with great trepidation I saw this book at the library and seeing and hearing great things about it I gave it a chance, and I am very glad I did. I commend you Gael in being able to portray such a famous author's life without seeming pretentious or uncouth. I am glad that I became more acquainted with my favorite authoress' life in a most touching and intimate way. Such sadness in life and, so little joy that came all just a little too late. Poor Mr. Nicholls. Indeed, my heart went out to every character for they were real and portrayed in such a humanistic light. Those are the things that I find make a good book, one that settles in my brain for longer than it takes to place it back on the shelf. One that I can carefully go over with my mind’s eye before forgetting all the particular things that I liked so much about it.