The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

The Brontë Plot: A Novel
Author:
  Katherine Reay
Category: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  November 3, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars

Book Description:

When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious measures to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt, and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother Helen hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom, as Helen confronts the ghosts of her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines, who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of change.

Now Lucy must go back into her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that’s been waiting for her all along.

Review:

The Brontë Plot is full of texture and light. Like an old, faded, priceless antique photo the contrast is reduced but you are left with a feeling of curiosity mixed with wonder and awe. It is modern yet timeless; containing layers upon layers of rich descriptive dialogue.

Our young protagonist Lucy is living in a world rich with history. Antiques and especially first edition classic books are her joy. She is also steeped in the world of Austen and Bronte; writers that I have personally loved since childhood, which made this book quite special to me. I find it a truly inspiring experience to see Lucky working through a personal journey, in essence, with help from these classic writers and others such as Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

Lucy was right back where she started. She couldn’t escape into fiction because that’s what the Brontës did best—convey truth within their stories. They pushed characters through choice and change, making them pay the consequences for bad decisions and only giving them that elusive happy ending when they got it right and rose from the crucible cleansed, strong, and whole. They spared nothing. The crucible was hot. It was death for some. Enduring great cruelty for others. Fire for one. Illness for many.

There it was. Mercy. Grace. And just as she’d told James, fiction conveyed change and truth—and was loved, and digested again and again, because it reflected the worst, the best, and all the moments in between of the human experience. Lucy pushed herself off the wall and strode down the path, heading straight back to the inn, without faltering to the right or the left, with another of Jane Eyre’s words in her mind. Resurgam . . . I will rise again.

The Brontë Plot is

A story of poor choices, loss, and reconciliation.
A story of finding what is of intrinsic personal value and staying true to it.
A story woven with beautiful classic literature and poetry that brings antiquities into a brand new light.
A story filled with friendship, some of them unlikely; there is a beautiful absence of strict social class lines which could easily be put into play,

You will experience the love, hope, joy, and restoration brought about by Lucky’s painful searching and honesty to both herself and those she has wronged. You may discover as Lucy did that it is necessary to realistically accept people for who they are as opposed to what you want or may even need them to be. Ultimately your choices are your own and your response to poor choices tells a great deal about your character.

There are many books that I read that I feel a need to address certain issues that go against my biblical worldview. This is not one of those books. It is a light Christian fiction story and I just didn’t delve into the theology of the story, because if there was any it was very much in the background. Instead I relaxed and enjoyed it. I found that The Brontë Plot was such an enjoyable read that I began inhaling it; reading for long stretches of time whenever I could.

The Brontë Plot is a snuggle up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa on a snowy day kind of story. Relax and enjoy it.

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.

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