Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Bronte Plot

Katherine Reay has done it again! Drawing on her love for classic literature, she crafts a story that is not necessarily a retelling, but a story that talks about the great literature of the past in a contemporary setting. For the reader, it almost has the effect of hanging out with a bunch of book clubbers and chatting about great books. What makes it even better, is the fact that she has created a good plot unto itself, and a character I care about who incidentally, loves books. Just like me!

In the story, Lucy works for an interior designer and sells rare books alongside the designer’s antiques. She falls in love, and then out of love, and finds herself travelling to England with a client who accidentally digs up bits from Lucy’s past that she never intended to learn.

I love the soul-searching, the classic fiction references, the family drama, and the setting. Oh! The setting is mostly England, and the moors! Lucy is as struck by the moors as I am, having read endless scenes taking place on moors. Can you believe we don’t have moors in America? It’s so unfair.

Reay writes with an easy narrative voice, fun attention to detail, and heart-deep insight. I can recommend any of her three books with confidence. You can find her books here. You can learn more about her on her website.

Have you read the Bronte classics? Which is your favorite? Leave us a comment for a chance to win this week’s giveaway!


  1. Reading the Bronte sisters' work was a requirement when I was in high school and I fell in love with Wuthering Heights. These words and this story never gtiws old!

  2. That's why they are classics . . . they still ring true today. But oh, that Heathcliff! A dark fellow . . .

  3. Jennifer, Thank you so much for such a lovely review. I'm delighted you had as much fun with Lucy and Helen as I did... and, oh, those moors. The US should definitely get some. :)