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THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE
SYRIE JAMES
ISBN #: 978-0-06-164837-3
July 2009
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
Trade Paperback
$14.99
512 Pages
Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

Charlotte Bronte is the daughter of a clergyman and a novelist. She and her sister take care of their frail and nearly blind father. Not a beauty, she had little hope of marriage.

Arthur Bell Nicholls is Irish, like Mr. Bronte, and has come to take a job as his curate. He finds Charlotte prickly, but intelligent and attractive.

This is a fictionalized account of Charlotte Bronte’s romance with the man she eventually married as told through her diaries. It starts with their first encounter and progresses through to their marriage.

This is a wonderfully well written work. The author brings Charlotte and her family to life with this realistic account. Despite their fame, the Bronte family has always seemed a bit mysterious and this book made them seem more real to me. The book is written in the first person, as it is Charlotte’s diary, but this does not detract at all from the story. The author has such a feel for her subject that it is hard to remember sometimes that this is a fictional and somewhat romanticized account of actual incidents.

Maura
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