March 2, 2016

Loved It: The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Women's Literature | Contemporary

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious measures to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy's secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt, and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James's wealthy grandmother Helen hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy's predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen's wisdom, as Helen confronts the ghosts of her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters' beloved heroines, who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of change.

Now Lucy must go back into her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that's been waiting for her all along.

A touching redemption story that features a bookworm. How can I say no to that?! Plus did you read the blurb of THE BRONTË PLOT? Did it pique your interest? Like what suspicious measure is Lucy Alling doing to sell her books? Once I got started, it was impossible for me to put down the book because I HAVE to know. The plot is thick with lies, sleight of hand, coincidences, and second chances.

Let me start with the charming Lucy Alling. Immediately I formed a connection with her because she loves books! Her apartment is sparse of furniture but is brimming with stories. Take her table for example, instead of spindles for legs, it's made of her favorite books and are sorted in 4 categories that reflects her life. As the story moved forward, my opinion of Lucy changed several times. I liked her, loved her, hated her, she made me feel a range of emotions that ended with begrudging admiration. In short, she's an effective character designed to draw a significant reaction from the readers.

The Women's Lit part is just as good. This novel is another demonstration that (maybe) there's no such thing as coincidence and that things happen for and not to us. THE BRONTË PLOT has some deep family issues that explain Lucy's situation and why she's doing what she does. This is where the story also branches out to her boyfriend's grandmother who has an odd connection to Lucy and it's this link that had them flying to England to find some closure in their respective lives. The parallelism between Lucy's life and Brontë's stories are well-drawn although part of me thinks Lucy is trying too hard to "follow" the Brontë tales to make things more "dramatic". Anyway, for a Brontë based novel, the romance is watered down although love is its main driver.

I had a good time with THE BRONTË PLOT, it's filled with cool trivia not just about the Brontës, but about the literary world in general especially ones surrounding the classics and Bloomsbury. The individual character stories are lovely and can be emotional at times. On the downside, I was hoping for more to explain or justify Lucy's deception because I found her way and reason to be so... simple when the blurb made it seem bigger than what it actually is. So if you're planning to read this book, don't expect too much on that front. Just focus on the plot and ignore the "mystery", you will enjoy the book better that way. 

I love Indian food! This is one of my favorite foodie 
moment in the book.

"Goodies." Lucy laughed as she picked over them and took her first bite of the Raj Kachori. "I think it's lobser and fish inside and the chutney's amazing."

If you're like me and enjoy food with your fiction, then better join Unconventional Book Views' Thirsty Thursday Hungry Hearts meme. 

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  1. I wouldn't of been able to say no to this one either! So glad it was a good read!!

  2. Sounds like an interesting read Braine... not something I would usually pick up. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. When a character can make you feel a whole range of emotions, that's usually a sign of a good story.

  4. *grabby hands* I want! This sounds like a great read, Braine, and I love that there are so many literary references - not just to the Brontes. Books, separated to represent stages of her life - as table legs?? That's awesome!

  5. it's great to see that you had a nice time and that you had so many things int his one.
    It's the first time I hear about it!

  6. Oh, the book does sound very tempting! The food, too. I enjoyed visualizing a bookish space with books as table legs.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  7. Thanks for the warning. Sounds good and a little different.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  8. I like the sound of this, but I know about nothing regarding the Bronte sisters. I was never a big fan of them, so I am not sure this will work for me.

  9. Looks like an interesting read. I will definitely be seeing if my library has it. How did I miss this one?

  10. Ooh this does sound intriguing. I'm always happy to see books where the main character is a bookworm of some sort! :)


  11. This sounds cool. I read her one that parallel the Daddy Longlegs story. Looks like she is making a theme of that type. I'll have to snag this one to see how the booklover finds redemption.

  12. I saw someone else review something with Bronte in it last month *tilts head* Glad you enjoyed!

  13. I am sort of intrigued by this one

  14. I hadn't heard of this before but it does sound good! A book with a true bookworm definitely sounds up my alley.

  15. Yes the blurb definitely sounds intriguing! That's exactly the question I had in my mind, what suspicious thing is Lucy doing to sell those books? And I like the style of the cover, very different and it caught my attention.
    It's easy to connect and relate to a character who also loves books or shares another hobby. That's interesting she drew so many different emotions from you and you even hated her at some point. I wonder why and what she did. I never heard of the Brontë stories, so i am afraid I would miss those references, it's always a shame when a book references to other books and I haven't read those. It makes me feel like I miss something. I also love Indian food! Great review!

  16. I know how you feel about the deception answer, and often times it is for such a simple reason.

  17. Trivia about the Brontës and literary world in general? That right there is enough for me, plus the fact that you loved The Brontë Plot :) Great review, Braine!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews


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