Brontë, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Brontë Inspired Fiction with a Twist: The Governess of Thornfield by Charlene DeKalb

I've said it before and I'll say it again; Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre is my favourite novel of all time. It's hard to sum up exactly why I love it in a single post (hence why I've never attempted it) but in a nutshell: Jane's fiery and independent spirit, issues of morality, Jane's quip about… Continue reading Brontë Inspired Fiction with a Twist: The Governess of Thornfield by Charlene DeKalb

Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Reading Challenge 2020 Update

Now that we're pretty much halfway through 2020 I thought I'd share with you an update on my 2020 reading challenge. I’ve set myself another Goodreads challenge which is to read 35 books this year. So far it's going well and I've read 22 out of 35 books (thank you lockdown) so I'm more than… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2020 Update

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review

A few months back a very interesting looking book caught my eye due to some intriguing and exciting snippets that I spotted doing the rounds on Twitter. One of the snippets was an illustration of Charlotte Brontë's adored hero from her worlds of Glass Town and Angria, the Duke of Zamorna, invading the real world… Continue reading Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review

Brontë, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

2019 Reading Challenge: Success or Failure?

Way back in January I set myself a target of reading 30 new books in addition to specific literary tasks/challenges. Now that we're so close to the end of 2019, I thought I'd take the time to look back over my 2019 reading challenge to determine whether it was a success or a failure. I've… Continue reading 2019 Reading Challenge: Success or Failure?

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Review: Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

My obsession with the Brontë juvenilia and basically everything Charlotte ever wrote before penning her masterpiece, Jane Eyre, in 1847, meant that just the title of Glynnis Fawkes' new book, Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre was enough to spark my interest. I'm glad to see an increasing focus on the Brontë juvenilia and the stories Charlotte,… Continue reading Review: Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

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The Lost Ones by Anita Frank: Review

Let's be honest, you can read a ghost story any time of the year, however, there's something so delicious about settling down with a spooky tale as the nights become colder and longer, and Halloween approaches. One such tale I was looking forward to reading this spooky season is Anita Frank's debut novel, The Lost Ones. I… Continue reading The Lost Ones by Anita Frank: Review

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A Modern Regency Romance: Art and Grace by Catherine E. Chapman

A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading a short, Brontë inspired story, Brizecombe Hall by Catherine E. Chapman. You can read my review of it by clicking here. Shortly afterwards I was delighted to be contacted by the author herself, who very kindly offered me a copy of her latest novel, Art and Grace, to read… Continue reading A Modern Regency Romance: Art and Grace by Catherine E. Chapman

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: Ashworth

Introduction Charlotte Brontë is best remembered as the author of Jane Eyre (1847), a literary masterpiece and my favourite novel of all time. In her lifetime she also published two other novels, Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853). Another novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857 after being rejected by publishers a decade earlier. Prior to this in 1846, Poems by Charlotte and her… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: Ashworth

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The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright – Review

Despite our love of and fascination with the Brontës, there are still many gaps in the story of the world's most famous literary sisters. In our quest to better know the lives, hearts, and minds of those who penned literary classics such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Brontëites have attempted to find out… Continue reading The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright – Review

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part Two: An Adventure in Ireland

In my last post, Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part One: The Twelve Adventurers, I looked at the origins of the Brontës' famous twelve toy soldiers both on and off the page. Presented to Branwell in 1826 by the siblings' father, Patrick, these characters kickstarted the Brontë juvenilia on the page and were arguably the literary… Continue reading Two Romantic Tales by Charlotte Brontë -Part Two: An Adventure in Ireland