Feb 012016

9781402212376Echoes of Thornfield

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Giveaway Win

What if, after twenty-something years of marriage, Jane and Edward Rochester decided to travel abroad to the West Indies for several years?

What if they had a sixteen year old daughter they decided to leave behind in England with a guardian and companion in a Yorkshire estate close to her home?

While I’ve read and enjoy several novels that share the romantic life of Charlotte Brontë (my favorite being The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James) and list her masterpiece, Jane Eyre, as one of my all-time favorite reads, this is my first time reading a sequel to Jane Eyre! Similar to many Jane Austen sequels, this story takes place many years later and revolves more around the offspring of the happily married couple than the couple themselves. I was happy to feel an immediate interest and sympathy for our heroine, Janet Rochester and loved her clear and open narrative voice. Continue reading »

Jul 022010

The Completion of Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Manuscript

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

In the months prior to Charlotte Brontë’s marriage to Arthur Bell Nicholls, Charlotte began to pen a story, familiar in theme, about a small, plain girl in a school. Charlotte only completed two chapters of this manuscript and gave it the working title of Emma (similar to Jane Austen’s 1815 novel!) If not for her death in March of 1855, Charlotte most likely would have completed Emma and would have introduced yet another remarkable work of literature to the world.

Clare Boylan, who interestingly enough shares the same initials and birthday as Charlotte Brontë, felt herself inspired and propelled to complete this unfinished manuscript. Ms. Boylan finishes this work of fiction employing and expounding upon themes such as women in society, independence/dependence, morality, and social consciousness that will be familiar to readers of Charlotte Brontë’s novels. In addition, Ms. Boylan’s tale, which takes place in London, emphasizes the social and working conditions of the poor during the Victorian Era, a situation that greatly interested and distressed Charlotte Brontë during her visits to that great city. The result is this dark, mysterious, and heartrending tale titled: Emma Brown. Continue reading »

Jun 122010

An Exquisite and Educative Documentary About the Brontës

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Brontë Country, located in West Yorkshire, a county in northern England, filled with fragrant heather and isolated moors, was home and inspiration for the famous writers Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Brontë. This delightful documentary transports viewers to Brontë Country where they see these famous Yorkshire moors and learn about the life and times of the Brontës.. Not only does this DVD highlight the lives of the three literary Brontë sisters, but it includes information and descriptions of the whole Brontë clan and the village of Haworth as well. There is much to be discovered about the history and life of the Brontës in this DVD, (perhaps not as much as an in-depth and detailed written biography) but for a little under an hour in length the viewer will see and learn about the most significant events in the Brontë’s lives. Continue reading »