Coffee Time Romance & More




ISBN #978-0-345-52004-3
April 2010
Ballantine Books
416 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Charlotte Bronte is shy, quiet, and plain. She is also intelligent, responsible, and very creative. She dreams of a life beyond Haworth, but her family needs her too much.

Arthur Nicholls is Mr. Bronte’s curate. He is large, strong, and opinionated, but this surface belies his sensitive and kind nature. He is a godsend to Bronte’s parish.

Life seems hopeless for the Bronte sisters. They are stuck in Yorkshire with their blind father and spoiled alcoholic brother. Someone must care for them. They also have a need for money, and only Anne is suited to work outside the home. Writing stories is the obvious solution. Charlotte’s success brings her money, friends, and love, but duty once again calls. Arthur has long had a tendre for Charlotte and shows his true worth when it counts.

This is a wonderful novel that really brings the inhabitants of the Bronte household to life. The shadowy and rather depressing figures are given a new and vivid characterization. The author has taken events that actually took place and embroidered on them. Charlotte’s life becomes so much more colorful and interesting in this author’s hands. I loved this fictionalized version of Charlotte Bronte’s life.

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