During the two years that she studied in Brussels,
Charlotte had a taste of life’s splendors, travel, literature, and art. Now,
back home in the Yorkshire moors, duty-bound to a blind father and an alcoholic
brother, an ambitious Charlotte refuses to sink into hopelessness. With her
sisters, Emily and Anne, Charlotte conceives a plan to earn money and pursue a
dream: The Brontës will publish. In childhood the Brontë children created
fantastical imaginary worlds; now the sisters craft novels quite unlike
anything written before. Transforming her loneliness and personal sorrow into a
triumph of literary art, Charlotte pens her 1847 masterpiece, Jane Eyre.
Charlotte’s novel becomes an overwhelming literary success,
catapulting the shy and awkward young woman into the spotlight of London’s
fashionable literary scene, and into the arms of her new publisher, George
Smith, an irresistibly handsome young man whose interest in his fiercely
intelligent and spirited new author seems to go beyond professional duty. But
just as life begins to hold new promise, unspeakable tragedy descends on the
Brontë household, throwing London and George into the background and leaving
Charlotte to fear that the only romance she will ever find is at the tip of her
But another man waits in the Brontës’ Haworth parsonage, the
quiet but determined curate Arthur Nicholls. After secretly pining for
Charlotte since he first came to work for her father, Arthur suddenly reveals
his heart to her.
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