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Bronte's Mistress

Bronte's Mistress

“A beautifully written, highly seductive debut….The chemistry between Branwell and Lydia positively crackles on the page….Masterful storytelling which is sure to delight fans of the Brontës and of historical fiction.” –Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter

This dazzling debut novel for fans of Mrs. Poe and Longbourn explores the scandalous historical love affair between Branwell Brontë and Lydia Robinson, giving voice to the woman who allegedly corrupted her son’s innocent tutor and brought down the entire Brontë family.

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.

Meticulously researched and deliciously told, Brontë’s Mistress is a captivating reimagining of the scandalous affair that has divided Brontë enthusiasts for generations and an illuminating portrait of a courageous, sharp-witted woman who fights to emerge with her dignity intact.

Titulo:Bronte's Mistress
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781982137236
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Finola Austin, also known as the Secret Victorianist on her award-winning blog, is an England-born, Northern Ireland-raised, Brooklyn-based historical novelist and lover of the 19th century. By day, she works in digital advertising.


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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Lydia Robinson has suffered great losses, including a young daughter and her mother. She is not in a good place when her son’s new tutor, Branwell Bronte, arrives. Branwell is the brother of Lydia...

  • Marialyce

    Compared to his sisters eventual notoriety, not much is known about their brother, Branwell Bronte. History has portrayed him as something of a rogue, a drifter, a drunkard. However, in this story, we...

  • Annette

    Story of the alleged affair, between the married Lydia Robinson and Branwell Bronte, her son’s tutor, illuminates “portrait of a courageous, sharp-witted woman who fights to emerge with her dignit...

  • Joan Happel

    A wonderful debut novel. Based on the alleged affair between Branwell Bronte (sister to the famous Charlotte, Emily and Anne) and his employer Lydia Robinson. Lydia Robinson is grieving the loss of he...

  • Juli

    This isn't the usual sort of book that I read. But I'm trying to branch out and the premise sounded so interesting. I'm glad I decided to try something a little different. I thoroughly enjoyed this st...

  • Jane

    2 starsYou can read all of my reviews at NerdGirlLovesBooks.This is a well-researched historical fiction book about the supposed affair between the mistress of a home and Branwell Bronte, the brother ...

  • MaryannC. Book Freak

    Set in Yorkshire 1843 this is a partly imagined tale of the affair between Patrick Branwell Bronte, brother of the famed Bronte sisters and his married mistress Lydia Robinson.Set in Yorkshire 1843, L...

  • Nursebookie

    This will come down as one of my favorite historical fiction novels that I have read this year - to be honest probably ever. I gave this amazing historical novel all the stars it deserved and more. I ...

  • Elizabeth

    I loved this thoroughly original take on a notorious scandal: the affair between the (married) Lydia Robinson and Branwell Bronte, her son's tutor. The writing is beautiful but not stodgy, i.e. true t...

  • Syrie James

    Finola Austin’s “Bronte’s Mistress” is a page-turning read full of passion and fire. The life stories of the famous Bronte siblings, Charlotte, Emily, Branwell, and Anne, have been chronicled ...

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