The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte

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Laura Joh Rowland's San Ichiro novels have enthralled thousands of readers. Now the author turns her gifts for historical fiction to Victorian England and the famous and fascinating Bronte family.
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Laura Joh Rowland's San Ichiro novels have enthralled thousands of readers. Now the author turns her gifts for historical fiction to Victorian England and the famous and fascinating Bronte family.
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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
[Rowland] creates a believable Charlotte whose intelligence, stubbornness, and wit recal Jane at every turn. Even more important, the mystery itself is particularly fine.
Romantic Times
This delightful and sophisticated mystery transports readers through an era of Victorian histry, with Charlotte Bront‘ leading the way...A must read for historical fans.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
A sure bet...[Charlotte is] spunky and adventurous and a die-hard romantic al the way. She's a heroine for our times.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Rowland simply refuses to let readers lift their eyes from the page.
Library Journal

Who knew that Charlotte Brontë, celebrated author of Jane Eyre, was once a spy for the Crown? Rowland's (the "San Ichiro" mystery series) new novel tells us about Miss Brontë's unwitting entry into the world of spies, subterfuge, kidnapping, murder, and even romance. Charlotte travels with her sister Anne to London in the summer of 1848, and on the train they meet a young woman named Isabel White, who is later murdered before Charlotte's eyes. As Charlotte is drawn into the mystery, she is determined to solve the woman's murder and bring her killer to justice. Rowland tells a thrilling story, but the details are too far-fetched to be believed. It is hard to picture Charlotte Brontë racing about Europe unchaperoned with a man who is young, handsome, and unrelated to her or to believe her minister father would allow her to impugn her reputation in such a manner. Recommended only where demand warrants.
—Anna M. Nelson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615607983
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/13/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Joh Rowland is the author of ten other mysteries, including the critically acclaimed Snow Empress and Red Chrysanthemum. The granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, she was educated at the University of Michigan and now lives in New Orleans with her husband.
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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    I found the Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte at a book fair, only to realize that the lady I had been talking to was Ms. Rowland herself! We talked about how admirable the Bronte sisters were and what a priviledge it is to write, she signed the front page, and I purchased the book. Several months later, I still had not read it due to the way life was piling up like the dust on my bookshelf. So I finally buckled down and promised myself that I would read every word and page in The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte until my eyes became crimson with fatigue. In the first page, I was hooked by some hypnotic force. I fell in love with Ms. Rowland's fabulous descriptions. Her words come across as effortless storytelling-the wisp of pen against paper. I enjoyed the book as much as I had enjoyed talking with its author and hope to read more of Ms. Rowland's books in the future.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Clever use of an historical figure in fiction

    Really enjoyed the plot, the obvious research, and the pace of the novel. Great fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    I love this era in history. This is such a creative story. Laura Rowland has taken a whole new path in her writing. I hope to see more of Charlotte and her adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Interesting story

    Author Laura Joh Rowland has shown herself skilled at mixing history and imagination, in her mystery series set in 17th century Japan. She has found the same comfort zone in recreating the 19th century England of author Charlotte Bronte. But is it believable, or foolhardy, to put Bronte on the receiving and meting out end of wild romance, violence, and betrayal? Charlotte's the likeliest candidate of the three sisters. And 1848-1849 would have been a vulnerable time for her, what with two sisters and a brother dying. Perhaps, though, that question just doesn't need to be answered, or even asked. For the storyline and the characters, real and imagined, make the book difficult to put down until the last page.

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