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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.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting and Insightful!March 21, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Why do I look at you and feel this compulsion to get all honest?"
Honesty is not a trait that Lucy Alling has made a habit of practicing; it's not that she is deceitful on purpose exactly, she just uses the ability to weave a good story to full advantage. While her employment within a high end interior design gallery utilizes her flair for creativity, Lucy takes things a bit too far when she fabricates embellishments throughout the pages of antique books, jeopardizing not only her own reputation, but that of her employer as well. After discovery by the one person who could have been the love of her life, Lucy's imagined world comes crumbling down around her, only to land at the feet of an unlikely savior. Who would have thought that a grandmother haunted by regret and an unplanned trip to England could change a young woman's life in such dramatic fashion?
Having never travelled to England and being a person whose knowledge of classic English literature has faded over time, made reading "The Bronte Plot" a stretch; not fully being able to appreciate the many references and nuances scattered through out what is a very intriguing story. However, the essence of the novel remained crystal clear. Can a person really change? "Come further up. Come further in."
MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The Bronte Plot--Katherine ReayMarch 15, 2016MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3From the back cover . . .
When Lucys 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, Lucys secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend, Jamesleaving Lucy in a heap of hurt and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.
In a sudden turn of events, Jamess 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 Lucys predicament better than anyone else.
As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helens wisdom as Helen confronts ghosts from her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Bront sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters beloved heroines who, with tenacity and resolution, enduredeven in the midst of impossible circumstances.
Now Lucy must face her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevailif only she can step into the life thats been waiting for her all along.
I loved what author Debbie Macomber had to say. . . "Katherine Reay is a remarkable author who has created her own stub-genre, wrapping classing fiction around comtemporary stories. Her writing is flawless and smooth. Her storytelling meaningful and poignant. You'r going to love The Bronte Plot"
I loved that reading The Bronte Plot compelled me to go back and read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I have never read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. (for info. on The Bronte Family click here.)
This was however a bit a slow read for me. I really didn't develop a strong attachment to the characters.
I really wasn't sure how I felt about the characters. It was kind of a heavy read.
If your a lover of classics and literature you'll enjoy this book.
For more information about the author and her other books click here.
Dawn Teresa (ReadLove)5 Stars Out Of 5A Literary Field Trip Turned Journey of the SoulFebruary 15, 2016Dawn Teresa (ReadLove)Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5True Rating: 4.5 Stars
At first glance, Lucy Alling appears to have it all: a job she loves, working with an in-demand interior designer at his shop, Sid McKenna Antiques and Designs, and success in her newest venture, Book Day, where she highlights rare books she procures to sell at the store. Lucys love and passion for books, especially Victorian literature like the Bront sisters, is palpable. When she meets a customer named James and the two immediately make a connection, it appears that, in addition to career success, Lucy has found true love. The trouble is, she has a secret. And if Lucys secret gets out, she could lose everything.
While reading Katherine Reays description of Lucys shop environment, I was right at home. Because of her enthusiasm even reverence for books, I instantly felt a kinship with Lucy. Honestly, Ive no bigger literary romantic soft spot than Jane Eyre. So when James buys Jane Eyre for his grandmother and he and Lucy share literary conversation, Im sold on them as a romantic pairing. When I sensed that Lucy was up to something unethical, I couldnt help but groan. This wasnt going to be wine and roses it was going to be a bumpy ride.
The Bront Plot brings together two women: Lucy and Helen (James grandmother). When Helen hires Lucy as a consultant on her trip to London, the two discover that though they are at opposite ends of the spectrum in age and familial upbringing/status, they have much in common. Most significantly, each has made mistakes and has a past that she must make peace with.
As Lucy and Helen spend time together, they become more than travel companions. As each unpacks her past, fraught with questions, mistakes, insecurities, and regrets, Lucy benefits from Helens wisdom. Unlike the older woman, Lucy has many years ahead and an opportunity at hand to right her ship and change course.
As the pair visit historical landmarks and places of literary significance, Reay makes frequent reference to authors and their works, most notably the Bront sisters and their ability to endure the circumstances that life handed them. Lucy wonders if she can press on like the Bronts, or whether, like some of their characters Heathcliff and Katherine, for instance her past has doomed her present and future. Is sin passed from one generation to the next? Has she inherited her fathers worst qualities? Worse yet, is she predestined to repeat his mistakes?
Fortunately, with The Bront Plot, Katherine Reay uses the flawed characters of Lucy and Helen to remind us that God is a God of mercy and second chances. Inspired by Helens personal journey of atonement, Lucy finds the strength and hope she needs to make peace with herself, make good on her mistakes, and author a future unencumbered by her past. Her most important lesson: All real lives hold controversy, trials, mistakes, and regrets. What matters is what you do next.
Verdict: 4.5 of 5 Hearts. Enjoyable and Edifying. A Literary Field Trip Turned Journey of the Soul.
Come along with Lucy and Helen as they fly to London and traipse through literary landscapes, examining history and their own lives. Katherine Reay uses her own realistically imperfect characters, and draws on inspiration from some of her literary favorites, to shape The Bront Plot into an engrossing and thoroughly satisfying journey of heart and soul.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Jeanine4 Stars Out Of 5The Bronte PlotFebruary 2, 2016JeanineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I wasn't sure what to think of this book based on the title. I have never read the Bronte sisters works so I had no basis to draw from. Basically, the story begins with Lucy, an assistant to an antiques dealer, who is secretly altering the value of the books she sells by adding a note to each book to inflate their value. When she sells one of her books to her boyfriend, James, her ploy is discovered and he breaks it off with her. But his grandmother, who the book was purchased for, pays a visit to Lucy and makes an offer to have Lucy travel with her to visit the town she lived in when she was young. Helen, the grandmother, had a secret of her own and time was short to make it right again. I enjoyed the story but I would probably not read it again. It was more of a time filler than a book that really resonated with me. Some of the plot twists were well done, but I never really connected with the characters.
This book was provided free of charge for the purpose of review. The opinions are my own and do not reflect any other offer or opinion.
ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A little lighter on the Bronte aspect than I was expectingJanuary 24, 2016ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Lucy Alling works in a home decor shop specializing in antique or otherwise collectible items. Lucy's department is rare books. For the longest time, she garners her boss's praise and admiration for her ability to always keep the shop so well stocked. When information comes to light putting Lucy's sources into question, it doesn't take long for everyone to turn on her, including her new love, James. Surprisingly, James' grandmother specifically requests Lucy to accompany her on a shopping trip to England. It's on this trip that grandmother Helen reveals some secrets of her own, hoping to show Lucy that everyone's got their skeletons in closets, doesn't mean they can't rise above it and it doesn't mean a person is forever unworthy of love.
What worked for me: How am I not going to love elements like rare books and a trip to Bronte country in England? :-) There's a ton of classic lit. references written in, so if that's your thing, you're bound to read through this one pretty quick. I also really enjoyed the characterizations -- well, for the most part anyway. While the conversations between Lucy and Helen were enjoyable and even thought-provoking at times, the romantic, playful banter between James and Lucy grated on me after awhile.
What fell flat for me: I think my biggest issue with the story is that, as much as I wanted to, I just could not bring myself to like Lucy that much. While her minor crime against books did get under my skin some, I could see it being forgiveable with time. What bothered me more was how she continued with the lies, and then whenever she'd get caught or at least backed into a corner, she'd just made some sort of pouty face, cry and moan a bit and then everyone around her seems to be apologizing to her and giving her free stuff to make her feel better!! I also didn't find the romance between Lucy and James all that palpable, though the word "soulmate" got flung around like crazy. Lucy gets some brownie points for trying to set things right near the end, but then it was lost again for me with that seriously cheeze-tastic closing scene.
I will say though, I now really want to run off to England and tour the Bronte Parsonage!
FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.