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Author: Laura Joh Rowland Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781415949832
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Charlotte Brontë, the beloved author of Jane Eyre, lived a quiet and private life in her father’s Yorkshire parish. Or did she? What if a diary was uncovered that revealed her secret involvement in one of the most thrilling adventures of the 19th century? Upon learning that she has been falsely accused of breaching her publishing contract, the normally mild-mannered Charlotte sets off for London to clear her name. But when she unintentionally witnesses a murder, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in a dangerous chain of events. With the aid of her sisters, Emily and Anne, and of the suspiciously well-informed but irresistibly attractive brother of the victim, Charlotte works to unravel a deadly web of intrigue that threatens not only her own safety but the very fabric of the British Empire. Charlotte is plunged into a perilous adventure and a passionate romance that leads her from the peaceful Yorkshire moors to the crime-infested streets of London, across the sea to the Continent, to the ports of Cornwall, the wilds of Scotland, and the palaces of Queen Victoria herself. Will Charlotte be able to stop a devious invisible villain whose schemes threaten her life, her family, and her country? Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/23/2014

    " I started reading this book thinking it was a biography of Charlotte Bronte and realized it was a fictional account. I read it anyway and liked most of the book. There were times where I couldn't put it down, but there were a couple parts that could have been left out. However, towards the last quarter of the book. "I kept thinking....Is this book every going to end?" For the most part, I did like this book, but it won't be a book I reread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikkee | 1/14/2014

    " This was a fun book to read if you are a Bronte sister fan. At times it was hard for me to separate what I know is truth with the fiction, overall it was a fun and engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/12/2014

    " A fun little book for people who like mysteries and romantic literature. It was the perfect read for a plane. Light and with good details from the period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Library | 1/3/2014

    " I always suspected that there was more adventure in the life of the Bronte sisters than has been revealed ... Rowland's novel satisfies the vicarious desire to give Charlotte some really rousing adventures! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 1/2/2014

    " I liked the book alot..just a couple of negatives. I hated the coupling with clothes scene in the forest! Talk about gratuitous sex! Stupid. I didn't like the epilogue finish..why not just add another chapter. I did love the actor that read the book and her smooth additions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/22/2013

    " Rowland imagines that Charlotte finds herself caught up in spying for the Crown. She draws on Britain's troubled relationship with China to create suspense. However, the romantic scenes with a male agent were a bit lurid for my tastes. It was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 11/30/2013

    " I really liked this book, I couldn't put it down. A very expressive mystery set in Victorian times, yet without the archaic language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 11/20/2013

    " I read this historical fiction because I'm a big fan of "Jane Eyre". Very entertaining and I will keep my eye out for more books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 11/16/2013

    " Loved this, but it's right in my wheelhouse: historical fiction that is, in actuality, an alternate universe. That it's also a mystery/thriller is just icing on the cake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/11/2013

    " Pretty far-fetched but it had some exciting moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corrina | 3/22/2013

    " If you like a good mystery/suspense and the Bronte's, you'll love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 3/9/2013

    " Tres bon ... and so much fun to read. Makes me want to re-read Jane Eyre ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Metropolis | 9/22/2012

    " Great book, I'm a huge fan of the Bronte sisters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/21/2012

    " told very much in the style of Charlotte Bronte. a fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joleene | 3/4/2012

    " CB as an adventuress instead of prim writer of prose. Imaginative and fun. A page turner I loved escaping into;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramona | 11/8/2011

    " This was a really fun read - I enjoyed it. Makes you wish Charlotte could have had a happier ending, however! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 6/19/2011

    " Another book that had me yelling at the heroine. Why do they make such stupid decisions? But mildly enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ptaylor | 3/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this novel. It had adventure, interesting characters, and an unexpected ending. Plus, I love anything with the Brontes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mslogar | 3/24/2011

    " what a great read! Charlotte Bronte makes a funny and interesting main character! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruie | 2/6/2011

    " Charlotte was realy dense about a lot of things. Definitely a "popcorn" or beach read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/15/2010

    " Less than impressed by this novel. The premise was good, but the writing was clunky and the overall execution was poor. A pity, because better writing (and the dropping of a couple sex scenes) could have made this a real winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/7/2010

    " Really enjoyed this change of pace from Shinju, but will continue that series anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/2/2010

    " It started out slow, but it turned into a really fun romp! Laura Joh Rowland must have had a lot of fun writing this book; I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 9/19/2010

    " I really liked this book, I couldn't put it down. A very expressive mystery set in Victorian times, yet without the archaic language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 8/31/2010

    " Another book that had me yelling at the heroine. Why do they make such stupid decisions? But mildly enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 8/4/2010

    " So this was a pretty quick read...a lighthearted book that puts Charlotte Bronte and her sisters on to a murder mystery, espionage, saving the royal family....I enjoyed it. For me, it was something quick and light to read after reading The Book Thief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarahb. | 7/30/2010

    " A fun and informative read!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jadoreleah | 7/7/2010

    " after reading the prolouge I couldn't even get through the first few chapters. It was a rather poor excuse for Bronte language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrissy | 6/5/2010

    " I should know by now that none can match Charlotte Bronte herself, this was a fictionalized account of a far-fetched mystery involving the real Brontes. The writing lacked the subtleties of any of the actual Bronte sisters. "

About the Author

Laura Joh Rowland is the acclaimed author of the mystery series featuring samurai detective Sano Ichiro set in seventeenth-century Japan, as well as a historical suspense series starring Charlotte Bronte, and a Victorian mystery series. Her work has won the RT Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award and been included in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the five best historical mystery novels. Also her work has been nominated for the Anthony Award, the Hammett Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She is a former aerospace scientist, a painter, and a cartoonist.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor is an English-born television, theater, and multiple-award-winning audiobook narrator. Her television credits include Love in a Cold Climate, Rumpole of the Bailey, Sherlock Holmes, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has won numerous Audie awards and AudioFile magazine Earphones awards.