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Charlotte and Emily

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

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    First, a word about the title: Why? Why do they call these books

    First, a word about the title: Why? Why do they call these books different things in different countries? And why did they leave poor Anne off of the title in The United States? Sigh, poor Anne.

    I believe that this is the first Morgan book I've ever read. I do think that if I'd have read any of his other work I would have rushed out to find the rest immediately. This book was excellent.

    Oh that Brontë family! The awful boarding school, the spoiled drunken brother, the deaths of such young sisters...the tragedies never ended for them. Only Charlotte lived to be 40, and she outlived her 5 siblings by years. Were the novels they ended up publishing to be expected because of their bleak lives? Or is it a miracle that they were able to write at all?

    Keep in mind that this is a work of fiction, but it did bring the Brontë family to life for me. I enjoyed this very, very much and would recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction or in the lives of the Brontë sisters.

    Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

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    Powerful and Moving

    This novel is far above the normal run of historical fiction. It is beautifully written and rings so true that it's as if the author has put himself in the heads of the characters. I have read all the Bronte sisters' novels multiple times and have taught them many times. I can say with confidence that this writer has researched the Brontes thoroughly, but has also succeeded in telling their story with the imagination, perception, and soul of an artist. Because of this, I think this book actually helped me to understand the Brontes better than the nonfiction biographies I have read.
    The other members of my book club, who are not English professors, also enjoyed the book, calling it engrossing, moving, and commenting on how beautifully crafted the writing is. If you haven't read the Brontes' novels before, this novel is a great inspiration for you to do so.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    A superb Bronte biographical fiction novel

    In 1821 in Haworth, Yorkshire, Maria Bronte, mother of five and wife to a Vicar, dies. Her widower husband Patrick sends his oldest four daughters to boarding school, but Maria and Elizabeth come home to die from consumption. His son Branwell becomes an addict while his three other daughters (Charlotte, Emily, and Amy) use pseudonyms to become poets and eventually novelists even as they dote on their father and brother. By 1855, all five of Maria's offspring are dead none having reached the age of forty.

    The key to this superb Bronte biographical fiction novel is, in spite of the title, the focus on all six siblings and their father with especially Amy and to a lesser degree Branwell getting equal treatment to their more famous siblings. Fans of the renowned authors (and their less famous siblings) will appreciate this fine Passion-filled homage to a first family of literature.

    Harriet Klausner

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