What a delightful story. At times very authentic to the point I wished it would be made into movie, until the unfortunate moment describing Charlotte's marital itimacy, which really should not be in this book. Beside the dissapointing end, I really enjoyed the story and could not put it down. It is one of those books that inspires you to dig deeper into the life of the main character. It definitely sparked my interest in Bronte sisters.
I was a little put off by the title of this book; generally I stay away from anything with "romance" in the title. However, this book does not focus on the romantic life of Charlotte Bronte, but is an account of her life and her writing, as well as that of her two talented sisters.
While interesting, this book never fully captured my attention. I often found myself reading just to get through it. I would recommend it as good background reading to any fan of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
The title implies that romancing Miss Bronte details the love story of a Bronte, and is somewhat misleading. Though charming to read creative fiction about the bibliomaniac and intellectually passionate sisters, and even interesting to re-imagine their literary reception, their story never quite pulled me in. Juliet Gael begins the story as all three sisters are young women on the verge of spinsterhood and shifts fairly quickly into the women they are destined to become.
They story isn't necessarily dull, but at times is written that way. The continuous point of view shifts, the incorporation of dialects into the dialogue, and that the reader is never seems to be front seat to the action and instead is re-told important events with perspective, all detract from the narrative. The most dynamic sections of Juliet Gael's creative non-fiction are the sibling rivalry and familial devotion undertones. Though told mostly from Charlotte's point of view, Gael does a good job of rounding out Emily and Anne so that each has a plausible and distinct personality. Those with a soft place for the amazing highs and tragic lows dealt the family will be unable to put this down. Others may be better served by checking out the wikipedia entries on the sisters, and re-read the undeniable fiction classics the sisters produced such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
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