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
Tag: Historical Fiction
Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit by DM Denton
* As this text is historical fiction, there are mild spoilers ahead, mainly for those unfamiliar with the story of the Brontës from 1842 - 1849. * The text's title promises a focus on Anne, the so-called quiet and "other" Brontë whose reputation is still overshadowed by her siblings, Charlotte, Branwell, and Emily. The text… Continue reading Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit by DM Denton
Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley
In addition to featuring posts on the works of the Brontës, I also like to discover and post about Brontë inspired fiction. This time it's the turn of Lena Coakley's 2016 novel, Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the Brontës, which I recently finished reading and included on my list of 30 of the Best Books About the Brontës. Like Catherynne M. Valente's The Glass Town Game, this is a narrative which focuses on the Brontës' early writings, or juvenilia, set in their fictional fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Gondal, and Angria. I'm going to avoid spoilers in this post and attempt to review by summarising and sharing my overall thoughts on the text. Forgive my digressions on the history of the Brontë juvenilia, but why write a review of a text based on it without bothering to mention it?