Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Bronte Plot

Happy Book Lovers Day!  This is my favorite unusual holiday!  I have loved books since I was very little.  I have book all over the house.  I even have them hidden under furniture because I am out of shelf space (until I redo the living room and add more shelves). I never understand when someone says they do not know what to get me.  I am the easiest person to buy for since I can always use money for books!  How about you?  Are you a bibliophile?

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay is a contemporary fiction novel.  Lucy Alling works for Sid McKenna at McKenna Antiques and Design (he does lovely designs).  Lucy works in the store (while Sid is out doing design work) and is completely responsible for acquiring and selling the books.   Lucy loves books and their stories.  Unfortunately, she has taken a few liberties with the books she has acquired for the store and then sold. 

James Carmichael comes into the store looking for a gift for his grandmother.  Lucy is instantly attracted to James.  She sells him a lovely book for his grandmother, Helen Carmichael.  James and Lucy start dating and fall in love.  But then James discovers what Lucy did with the books.  James sees things in black and white.  James breaks up with Lucy. 

James’ grandmother, Helen had an odd reaction when she first met Lucy.  It turns out that Helen knew Lucy’s grandfather.  Helen and Lucy go on a journey to England.  Helen needs to make right a wrong from her past.  Will Lucy be able to understand that what she did was wrong?  Is there a future for Lucy and James?

I was disappointed with this book.  It really sounded like it would be an enjoyable book to read.  I did, though, enjoy some parts of The Bronte Plot.   The things I enjoyed the most was the history of the writers in England and the description of the gorgeous 1950’s Danish silver that Helen Carmichael purchased.  I cannot believe what Lucy did to the books (and that she thought it was okay to do it).  To me The Bronte Plot was just another romance book (with a life lesson thrown in).  I give The Bronte Plot 2.75 out of 5 stars.  

Other books by Katherine Reay are Dear Mr. Knightley and Lizzy and Jane.  I received a complimentary copy of The Bronte Plot from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my review.  I am off to have dinner and then read a new book in A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery series by Harper Lin.  Have a lovely Saturday evening and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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