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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Juliet Gael Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307736383
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In this astonishing novel, a brilliant mélange of fact and fiction, Juliet Gael skillfully and stylishly captures the passions, hopes, dreams, and sorrows of literature’s most famous sisters—and imagines how love dramatically and most unexpectedly found Charlotte Brontë.

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 pen.
 
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.

Romancing Miss Brontë is a fascinating portrayal of an extraordinary woman whose life and work articulated our deepest human longing: to love and be loved in return.
 


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brontë fans will surely enjoy this look at the author’s life”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A moving view of a literary giant and the emotion that fueled her work.”

    Booklist

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleisha | 2/12/2014

    " Barely three stars, and only because the author's writing style was quite lovely. The romantic relationship between Arthur and Charolette was nicely written too. Unfortunately, the book was a bit boring at times. The author could have easily "axed" 100 pages in the editing process. Nice piece of historical fiction about the Bronte sisters, but sadly, nothing to rave about! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiri | 2/5/2014

    " At first I felt a bit turned off by the overt "fictionalizing of a biography" aspect of this, but it grew on me. I already knew all the facts (except for the stuff about Arthur Bell - and a lot of the stuff about Arthur Bell is most likely imagined rather than based on fact), but the essential story had power for me anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John N Becky Bartholomew | 2/3/2014

    " Fiction based on facts. Almost fictionalized biography. Loved it! In one or two places the narrative goes skiwumpus, like she lost her train of thought, but overall engrossing, satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Kukta | 1/28/2014

    " This was a book that I won from this website. I had not read any of the classic "Bronte" books, but plan to now. I had a hard time getting into this book at first because my usual genre is thriller/ horror (Koontz/King/Saul), but I was so glad that I stuck with it. I truly enjoyed this book and it has prompted me to seek out the classics and begin reading them. I think this author did a great job of portraying the Bronte sisters and it is interesting to learn about the authors' lives and background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Kurani | 1/22/2014

    " This book really helped me appreciate the time period in which the Brontes, Jane Austin and Elizabeth Gaskell were writing. What a sad life Charlotte Bronte led. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/10/2014

    " Loved the story, only criticism is that I thought Arthur was portrayed to be weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/4/2014

    " I have read several other books about the Bronte family. This one was exceptional. The author's description of their lives was amazing. There was so much sadness in the family. It is impressive to read how Charlotte finally attained happiness. It makes me want to read Jane Eyre again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/29/2013

    " WARNING: this book was fantastic (5 star rating) until Chapter 29. And then much to my surprise there were two chapters of explicit honeymoon scenes. What the Heck? You can skip them if you are interested in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/22/2013

    " This book was enjoyable to read. I want to read the rest of the Bronte sisters' books (besides Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre--one of my all time favorites) now that I've read this book. It also made me want to read Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of Charlotte since I also enjoy her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Michaels | 12/11/2013

    " The best novel of the Brontes I've read so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/31/2013

    " It's been a while since I read this but I do like some historical fiction and found that this was fun to read, though sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlo | 10/17/2013

    " A bit slow at first, but as described on the cover, a brilliant mix of fact and fiction. Although I've read a couple of her novels, I knew little of her life. Such sadness she endured, and with such courage. I must read Jane Eyre again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 10/9/2013

    " The story of the Brontes is tragic but this novelization of their story reminds you why it's also fascinating. It was good to visit the Brontes again through Gael's eyes. I particularly liked how she used Charlotte's letters throughout the story so it was almost half fiction, half biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eloise | 10/6/2013

    " Interesting story. I don't buy all of the fictional parts of Charlotte's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurisa | 8/22/2013

    " WOW! This is a phenomenal work of biographical fiction. Well-written, informative, captivating. Really brought these people to life in a genuine, complete way. What a fascinating family and saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Nielsen | 11/10/2012

    " It was pretty slow reading, but I did find it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheillagh Dare | 9/29/2012

    " Wonderful book that stays with you! Brings the Bronte sisters to life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleena | 3/25/2012

    " I would probably give this book a 3.8 in reality. It was a very enjoyable book. It was especially fun to read after just finishing Wuthering Heights and starting Jane Eyre. I really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/8/2011

    " Jane Eyre was one of my favorite books growing up. I really enjoyed learning about Charlotte Bronte and her sisters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 4/7/2011

    " Very interesting book. Learnt a lot about the Bronte sisters that I did not know. MAde me want to read all of their books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurisa | 4/7/2011

    " WOW! This is a phenomenal work of biographical fiction. Well-written, informative, captivating. Really brought these people to life in a genuine, complete way. What a fascinating family and saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekah | 3/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed learning about the life of Charlotte Bronte (and her family) in this novel, which seems to stick pretty close to fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 3/8/2011

    " WARNING: this book was fantastic (5 star rating) until Chapter 29. And then much to my surprise there were two chapters of explicit honeymoon scenes. What the Heck? You can skip them if you are interested in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/23/2011

    " I really liked this book and cheered for all the Bronte sisters. They will not only become your friends, they will inspire you to read their work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/8/2011

    " Fascinating portrayal of Charlotte Bronte; fictional, but based on fact. Well-written, sympathetic without being maudlin, it paints a picture of her hopes, dreams, passions, and sorrows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenmikes | 1/18/2011

    " The best novel of the Brontes I've read so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/17/2011

    " I have read several other books about the Bronte family. This one was exceptional. The author's description of their lives was amazing. There was so much sadness in the family. It is impressive to read how Charlotte finally attained happiness. It makes me want to read Jane Eyre again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 1/10/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. Cool to see this perspective of Charlotte Bronte's life. "

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About the Author
Author Juliet GaelJuliet Gael was raised in the Midwest and obtained her M.A. in French literature before pursuing graduate film studies at USC and English literature at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. She has lived abroad for more than fifteen years, primarily in Paris, where she worked as a screenwriter. She now makes her home in Florence, Italy.
About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.