Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

The Bronte Plot:
When a rare-books dealer goes to England, she discovers more than just the famous writing haunts—she discovers how to love and be loved in today’s modern world.
Victoria Seward makes a living finding rare books through means that aren’t always on the up-and-up. But if it makes the clients happy, who is she really hurting? After all, everything always turns out all right in the end. At least it does in her favorite books, the ones her absent father sends every year on her birthday, no matter where he is.
When her unorthodox behavior ruins her relationship with her boyfriend James, Victoria knows something has to change—she has to change. Enter Helen, a wealthy client seeking a companion for her trip to England to purchase antiques, and who just happens to be James’s grandmother. Helen has secrets of her own, secrets that help her relate to Victoria more than anyone can guess.
As Victoria and Helen travel across England, Victoria suspects there is more to this trip than Helen lets on. When Helen’s health falters, Victoria reaches out to James, reigniting feelings that were never truly extinguished.
Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, when hidden offenses rise to the surface. Victoria’s happy ending is within reach—if she can step out of the literary world and into the life that’s been waiting for her all along.

My Review:
This is my first read by Katherine Reay, but with astounding reviews, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. However, it came at a disappointment.  First, I found the that the book was difficult to read at times and the flow of the book was all over the places. It was not smooth to read, but jumped around, which as a first time reader for this author made it hard to understand. Second, I wasn't in love with the characters Helen, Lucy, James or Sid. I did not dislike them either, but I did not feel strongly about one character over the rest. Third, since this book was written by a Christian publisher, I didn't draw much of a connection to Christ. The only thing I really got out of this book was that we all make choices and the choices we make affect our life.  Each character made their own choices, which affected them. Aside from these things, I did enjoy the setting of the book, the way Lucy was brave enough to meet her father and the hint of romance this book brings. This book is interesting, despite some of the difficulties I had to push through, but I did enjoy it. I would be curious to read some other books by Ms. Reay. Thank you to  Thomas Nelson for allowing me to review this book for my review, which I have given. 

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