Brontë's Mistress

Brontë's Mistress

A Novel

Large Print - 2021 | Large print edition
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Yorkshire, 1843: Lydia Robinson-- mistress of Thorp Green Hall-- has lost her precious young daughter and her mother within the same year. She returns to her bleak home, grief-stricken and unmoored. With her teenage daughters rebelling, her testy mother-in-law scrutinizing her every move, and her marriage grown cold, Lydia is restless and yearning for something more. All of that changes with the arrival of her son's tutor, Branwell Brontë, brother of her daughters' governess, Miss Anne Brontë and those other writerly sisters, Charlotte and Emily. Branwell has his own demons to contend with-- including living up to the ideals of his intelligent family-- but his presence is a breath of fresh air for Lydia. Handsome, passionate, and uninhibited by social conventions, he's also twenty-five to her forty-three. A love of poetry, music, and theatre bring mistress and tutor together, and Branwell's colorful tales of his sisters' elaborate play-acting and made-up worlds form the backdrop for seduction. But Lydia's new taste of passion comes with consequences. As Branwell's inner turmoil rises to the surface, his behavior grows erratic and dangerous, and whispers of their passionate relationship spout from her servants' lips, reaching all three protective Brontë sisters. Soon, it falls on Lydia to save not just her reputation, but her way of life, before those clever girls reveal all her secrets in their novels. Unfortunately, she might be too late.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2021
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781643587745
1643587749
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 463 pages ; 23 cm
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OPL_RubyJ Oct 01, 2020

Wonderfully paced, intriguing and well researched. I did not know much of Branwell Bronte's life, death or his affair with Mrs. Robinson but after reading this, I would love to find out so much more. I'd be interested to see where Austin goes from here.

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genepy
Sep 15, 2020

Too obviously inspired by Lady Chatterley's Lover ... but if you are partial to nineteeenth century romance novels you will enjoy it.

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