27 September 2015

Worlds of Ink and Shadow; Lena Coakley

Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the BrontësWorlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the Brontës by Lena Coakley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When an author feels the need to hit readers over the head with place and character, I begin to worry. Example? Starting sections with "Charlotte Bronte wrote..." or "Emily Bronte stood at the window." (note: I'm not quoting the book, just giving an example of the writing style) Exactly which Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Bramwell could have been established in other ways. Beyond that, this is a good blending of what we know about their lives with their juvenalia, and watching those worlds emerge - or take on their own lives - may interest readers who have been forced to read a Bronte novel for school and not see what everyone else loves about their works.

ARC provided by publisher.

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