Book Club, Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Sophie in the Shadows by Gabrielle Molyneux

Sophie in the Shadows is an intriguing re-telling of Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre which shifts the focus onto a minor character from the original novel. In Charlotte's tale, Sophie is a French nursemaid to the child Jane is hired to be a governess to at Thornfield Hall. This novel fleshes Sophie's character out a… Continue reading Sophie in the Shadows by Gabrielle Molyneux

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Love and Literature by Aviva Orr

It seems fitting to be posting this review of a tale inspired by Charlotte Brontë's underappreciated novel The Professor on her birthday. She was born on this day (21st April) in 1816 and went on to create memorable novels and stories that have ensured her literary legacy is alive and well in 2023. In September… Continue reading Love and Literature by Aviva Orr

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

An Ayah’s Choice Review

My latest read was something a little different from my usual preferences. Or at least I thought it was. No bonnets, no time travel, no moors, and no Brontës. However, An Ayah's Choice is not as different to all that as I thought and spoke to me in a way I wasn't expecting. A 2022… Continue reading An Ayah’s Choice Review

Book Club, Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Brontë’s Mistress Review

Finola Austin's compelling debut novel explores the allegedly scandalous relationship between the brother of the Brontë sisters, Branwell, and Lydia Robinson, the wife of his employer. Released in 2020, it's long been on my TBR pile. Thankfully it was nudged up the list after being chosen as February's novel for my Brontë-themed book club. The… Continue reading Brontë’s Mistress Review

Poetry, Reviews

Gold by Naomi B.

One of the things I love the most about my blogging and writing journey is the connections I've made across the world and the friendships forged because of it. I've been privileged to connect with other admirers of the Brontës' works and even collaborate with some of them through anthologies and book clubs. The same… Continue reading Gold by Naomi B.

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Brontë-Inspired Reads of 2022

I made my way through 43 books in 2022. It will come as no surprise that a few of them were inspired in some way by the Brontës. Here's a quick recap of those titles and my general thoughts on them. Have you read any of the titles below? If so, what did you think… Continue reading Brontë-Inspired Reads of 2022

Literature, Reviews

Favourite Reads of 2022

It's that time of year again when we bookworms begin reviewing our reading challenges and annual book haul. This year I've read a good mix of everything but I have some clear favourites from the 43 books I've completed this year. So here are my top 5 reads from 2022.  Top Five of 2022 The… Continue reading Favourite Reads of 2022

Literature, Reviews

Reading Challenge 2022: The Results

As we're so close to welcoming in 2023 and I'm unlikely to finish any more books between now and then I thought I'd provide the results of my 2022 Reading Challenge. At the start of the year, I set myself a challenge of reading 20 books I hadn't previously read and some individual tasks. Currently,… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2022: The Results

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon

Unearthly Things is a 2017 young adult novel by American author Michelle Gagnon which re-imagines Charlotte Brontë's classic tale, Jane Eyre. The story follows Janie Mason, an orphan who is uprooted from her home in Hawaii and sent to live with the mysterious Rochester family in San Francisco. The mystery of why Janie has been… Continue reading Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

It's time for a spring clean at Brontë Babe Blog, so let's start with a refined version of my review of Catherynne M. Valente's 2017 children's novel, The Glass Town Game.  Plot Siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë invent a fantasy world named Glass Town, acting out battles between their twelve toy soldiers and Napoleon.… Continue reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente