Today I am sharing a book I just read, but I am also sharing an author that I have recently come to enjoy. I love to read and mostly buy my books on Amazon. I am one of those people who pays attention to the “books you may like” part of my Amazon account. Well, I stumbled upon the author Katherine Reay and read her book Dear Mr. Knightley last month at the beach. I enjoyed that experience so much that I pre-ordered her November release of The Bronte Plot. I have devoured this book over this week and cannot wait to tell you about this author and this book!
She has written three books, but what I love about the two books of hers that I have read: They involve women with issues and hurdles to overcome, and they ultimately find redemption. Yes, there is some romance, but it is clean and never too overpowering or sappy. You come to her books for the romance and titles that hint at a British Literature link, but you stay for the character development and growth that you see take place with these women over the course of the book.
The Bronte Plot is about a young lady named Lucy working for a high end furniture store and designer in Chicago. Lucy has made some mistakes along the way with her business dealings and the discovery of these mistakes by her boyfriend causes her to lose her relationship and re-examine her life. Through a trip with an older lady (who happens to be the grandmother of her ex-boyfriend, you can figure that one out in the book) to England, Lucy discovers her calling and herself.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Lindsey and I are a little obsessed with all things British. Maybe we should change the title of the blog to “Stroll Through The South With British Wannabes.” This book gives you detailed descriptions of their trip to London and Haworth, the home of the Bronte sisters (hence the title). Reay weaves classic British literature into her plots and stories. Any Jane Austen or Jane Eyre nerds like me will eat up her books. However, her books are so much more than just references to Pride and Prejudice. They are real coming of age stories with heart and gravitas. Her books are very easy reads and would be good for some holiday reading. If you are looking for something clean, heartwarming and ultimately romantic, give The Bronte Plot and Katherine Reay a try.
You can get the book by clicking on this link: The Bronte Plot.