Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious measures to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt, and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.
In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother Helen hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.
As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom, as Helen confronts the ghosts of her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines, who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of change.
Now Lucy must go back into her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that’s been waiting for her all along.
This story scores highly for originality. It’s not your usual contemporary romance with an historical twist. Whilst there are undoubtedly parallels between ‘The Bronte Plot’s ‘main characters and Bronte characters, this is not the focus of the story.
Lucy hides a devious, unscrupulous and often dishonest personality beneath her sweet, hardworking persona. These are not the usual characteristics you expect in a romantic heroine.
James, the romantic hero is closer to expectations, he is charming, arrogant, family orientated with high moral standards, which make him rigid and unforgiving, not unlike a certain ‘Mr Darcy’.
Helen is the other notable character in the story. Her past and quest to reveal the truth, has a direct bearing on Lucy and James relationship.
The setting, both at the antique/bookshop and the trip to England is full of vivid imagery and detail.
The story’s pacing was a little slow at times and the whole story perhaps longer than the plot warranted?
The story focuses on Helen’s past and her deepening connection with Lucy. The romance and conflict between Lucy and James being the author’s secondary focus. The failure to explore Lucy and James’ emotional relationship, in any depth, is an opportunity missed to make this a great story.
This is worth reading if you enjoy unconventional characters in beautiful historical settings.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson- Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars