About the Book: Upon learning that she has been falsely accused of breaching her contract, the normally mild-mannered Charlotte Bronte, the author of Jane Eyre, 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 clandestine aid of the other Bronte 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. Will Charlotte be able to stop a devious villan whose schemes endanger her life, her family, and her country?

My Review: This book took me forever to really get in to. I think I was expecting something different. However, I do think Rowland did a great job of writing the voice and perspective of Charlotte, which had to be difficult to do. I liked learning a bit about Charlotte’s family and life and it piqued my interest to learn more. I thought the plot was great – that her adventures were on such a grand scale was fabulous.  She also gives a peek into the devastating effects of the opium trade in China which is interesting.   However, the plot does move a bit slow at the beginning and maybe that is why I had trouble getting involved from the start. I would give this book maybe 3 out of 5 stars. It is enjoyable, the writing is very good, but it didn’t resonate with me personally much.

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6 Responses to “The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte by Laura Joh Rowland”

  1. April Says:

    Great review. I love the cover and the story sounds rather good. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy it more.

  2. Kathleen Says:

    This sounds like it should be so good!! They really get you with the summary. Too bad it took forever to get into.

  3. Amy @ My Friend Amy Says:

    Too bad! I really love her Japanese mysteries.

  4. leah Says:

    You should all give this book a try – it’s good, but my expectations were different and I think that’s what made my experience with it a little difficult. I got hooked about half-way through.

  5. S. Krishna Says:

    I agree with you that the plot was slow and I thought where the book ended up was a bit strange. Nice review!

  6. April Says:

    This sounds like a very interesting book. I will have to keep my eyes out for it. Wonderful review!

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