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The Brontë Plot

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When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

“You’re going to love The Brontë Plot.” —Debbie Macomber

When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious liberties 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 ghosts from 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 impossible circumstances.

Now Lucy must face 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.

Contributor(s) Katherine Reay
About the Contributor(s) Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a lifelong affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her online at; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @Katherine_Reay.

ISBN-10 1401689752
ISBN-13 9781401689759
Release Date Nov 3, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.1110
Height 8.45
Width 5.50
Length 352
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Overall Rating
The Brontë Plot
By Katherine Reay

Lucy Alling loves a good story and she loves to tell one on occasion. Combined this makes her perfect for her preferred career - a seller and procurer of rare books in a Chicago shop. But Lucy is hiding a secret - a secret that may change everything for her and not necessarily for the better.

Lucy is determined to move past her mistakes, but to do this she must first put her past behind her. But how does one move on from what was to what will be? Lucy is about to get some unexpected help from Helen Carmichael her ex-boyfriend's grandmother.

Helen has secrets of her own and a past that is linked to Lucy's. As these two women seek to overcome the past and its mistakes they will discover the strengths that can be found amidst the pages of heroines of old can be discovered even today.

Lucy and Helen are both burdened by the choices that they have made. And prompted by current circumstances they set out on a journey that will bring healing by reopening old wounds.

Kathleen Reay has a talent for bringing the truths from classic favorites into our world. The road not traveled is often just as important as the one we chose. The question we must ask ourselves is why did we chose the path we did? What was our motivation?

If you are looking for a story that can just take you away for awhile this one can do it. But be forewarned you may be tempted by that all too common trap of Just one more chapter. This book is worth the sleep deprivation though.

I was provided a copy of this book through the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. (Posted on 1/22/2016)
Review by Deana
Overall Rating
I do enjoy reading this author and I was anxious to get my hands on her latest. Lucy Alling works at a prestigious antique shop with the owner and her mentor Sid. She likes her job, but on a special day called Bookday, she gets to take care of all the special edition , rare books. What a job I would love to have. I could get lost for hours, just going through each book very carefully and discovering great stories long forgotten that had been collecting dust on a shelf.

She soon discovers that a young gentleman named James has a liking for these special books. He is an attorney and buys the books as gifts. They seem to hit it off and begin dating. One day unexpectantly James abruptly ends their relationship. What does he find Lucy doing that has him so upset?

James' grandmother , Helen, hires Lucy as an antique consultant for a trip she is planning for England. Her family is not thrilled because they think Helen's health is declining. Why is this trip so important for Helen? For Lucy this trip will bring make some unpleasant memories. Her father was last known to reside in England. Will she find him there? With all the hurt and feelings of abandonment , can she forgive her father?

The story is intriguing and the characters are well versed in classic literature which adds depth to the storyline. The characters will face forgiveness, redemption and a past that each will need to come to terms with. It is a great story for readers of all genres who appreciate a well written story that captures your attention quickly and holds it till the end.

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review. (Posted on 1/19/2016)
Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall Rating
In her third novel, Ms. Reay offers an enchanting take on the Bronte sisters and great British literature in The Bronte Plot. The novel follows Lucy Alling, an aspiring seller of rare books and antiques, who utilizes questionable means to achieve her goals. When her boyfriend, James, discovers the truth, Lucy finds herself looking back at her past to discover how she came to compromise both her personal and professional standards. Lucy receives a much-needed reprieve from her problems in the form of James’ grandmother, a wealthy woman seeking a companion and antiques expert for a trip intended to resolve her own past and revisit Britain’s literary and historical sites one last time. Along the way, Lucy finds herself learning from the wisdom and experience of both James’ grandmother and the literary figures that define the Bronte sisters’ works. With a different perspective on her situation, Lucy discovers the timeless lesson of endurance and the importance of facing the consequences of her actions, even if it means giving up everything she has spent years building.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Bronte Plot. From Ms. Reay’s debut in Dear Mr. Knightley, I have tremendously appreciated her ability to intertwine classic literature with contemporary fiction. Her work, including The Bronte Plot, makes for a thought-provoking read among so many other novels that barely challenge the reader to think, let alone connect with the canon of literature that has come to define the English language and culture. Among Ms. Reay’s novels, I would rank The Bronte Plot as her best so far. The book offers approachable and relatable characters that readers will find endearing, yet flawed, as they are placed within a story that highlights Ms. Reay’s ability to draw incredible lessons from classic stories in a unique way. In addition, The Bronte Plot has one of the most evenly paced and well-developed storylines of Ms. Reay’s novels, drawing the reader into the story and making the book nearly impossible to put down until the very end. It exhibits Ms. Reay’s writing as she matures as a seasoned and talented author within the Christian fiction genre. If I could offer one minute critique of the entire work, I would have loved to see more or stronger connections to the Christian themes one would expect from a publication released by Thomas Nelson.

Special thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the advanced copy of The Bronte Plot!

Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
(Posted on 11/3/2015)

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