At a young age, the Bronte children discover the shocking impact and the sobriety of adulthood. As a balance, the siblings retreat to a world of words, one that sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne return to when their professions, their expectations of their brother Branwell, and their endurance for duty, fails them. This is a story of how the most celebrated sisters in literature gathered their dark stories throughout their lively hood and poured it out to the world.
Personal Take: Back when I was in high school, there was this much recommended Japanese T.V series called 1 Litre of Tears. It’s a true story about how a young school girl develops this brain degenerative disease and slowly loses all her faculties as she grows up. The show garnered the reputation that it really WILL make you cry 1 Litre of Tears. Well, the same thing goes for this book. It doesn’t make you cry, but it does give you a taste of sorrow.
This is what I love about Jude Morgan. He can pick the most uninteresting topic, and make it interesting. Not to say that the Bronte sisters weren’t interesting. There’s a lot of things not known about them, or I haven’t bothered to look too much into their history even if I did read their books. But Morgan fleshed them out so well, gave them these personalities that is just like them but isn’t at the same time. Basically, I felt like he took historical figures and made them his. It was brilliantly done. I felt so connected with them, and what they had to go through.
The writing is beautiful and very like Morgan. It’s not as great as Symphony, but he does borrow this gothic style for the book, and I find it fits perfectly. This book is not fast paced, but it also doesn’t adhere specifically to events. Morgan goes to whichever time in the future than goes back to the “present.” I can’t explain it without spoiling, but I guarantee that readers won’t get too lost. If you want to get lost and see where the tide of words take you, read it.
Audience: Older readers of historical fictions, because of some, minor vulgarities.