Bronte’s Mistress

We rated this book:

$27.00


LOCAL AUTHOR

You won’t find Lydia Robinson mentioned much in the historical record. Most who have heard of her will know her as no more than a caricature made by Anne Brontë in a novel after a disastrous affair with Anne’s brother Branwell. What if she were more than a caricature, though? What if she were a living, breathing woman, with her own desires and failings.

This is the question Finola Austin asks, and she more than delivers on the promise of a novel about a woman who never wrote one in defense of herself. Lydia is not always likable, but she is always compelling as a forty-something woman in the mid-nineteenth century. Brontë’s Mistress is reminiscent of the novels of the Brontë sisters, but with a modern sentiment and enough subtlety that I needed to have it pointed out in the author’s note. (Speaking of which: read the author’s note. It was as fascinating as the rest of the novel.).

Austin breathes life into a figure I had never heard of, and into an era so many of us view as stiff and prudish. There is a good reason for that, but those wicked women of the era were humans as well and deserve to be remembered as such, Lydia Robinson included.


Reviewed By:

Author Finola Austin
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Atria Books
Publish Date 2020-08-04
ISBN 9781982137236
Amazon Buy this Book
Issue November 2020
Category Historical Fiction
Share

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Bronte’s Mistress”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.