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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporarieswho provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com Facebook: katherinereaybooks Twitter: @Katherine_Reay
"You’re going to love The Bront Plot." —Debbie Macomber
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 liberties 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 ghosts from her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Bront Plot sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of impossible circumstances.
Now Lucy must face her past in order to move forward. 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.
'Quotations and allusions flow freely in Reays third tribute to the female giants of English literature . . . the finely drawn characters, flawed and authentic, dominate and ground the story emotionally. Lucy realizes that her beloved Brontë characters know more about God and grace than she ever suspected. Fans may find themselves unearthing their classic novels after savoring this skillfully written homage.
4 stars. 'Reay's latest is an enjoyable trip to Europe, although at times it reads more like a travel narrative than a novel. Readers less familiar with the Brontë sisters books might have a difficult time, yet the redemption of the characters is heartfelt and the plot is unpredictable.'
Reay interweaves classic book characters and references, colorful descriptions, and tantalizing depictions of British literary/artsy tourist spots with a captivating, romantic storyline. Recommend to lovers of excellent storytelling.