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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adept and skilful addition to the Bronte canon
Sarah Freeman has written a fascinating, erudite (worn lightly) and witty account of the author of that most beguiling of English novels, Jane Eyre. In Miss Freeman's hands, Charlotte's life story reads as the greatest story that Bronte herself never told. The book is also beautifully illustrated and I think will do the Howarth tourism trade no harm at all. If there's one...
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by AronFN

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1.0 out of 5 stars A great story rendered dull.
Sadly, Sarah Freeman has taken a great story - Charlotte Bronte's personal romantic journey, the thwarted affections that informed and suffused her work, and the relationships with those closest to her - and done little more with it than offer the reader a dull narrative injected with conjecture. There's little in the way of intelligent analysis, either. For anyone who...
Published on 13 April 2011 by Jayne Kendal


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A great story rendered dull., 13 April 2011
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Jayne Kendal (Ipswich, Suffolk, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bronte in Love (Hardcover)
Sadly, Sarah Freeman has taken a great story - Charlotte Bronte's personal romantic journey, the thwarted affections that informed and suffused her work, and the relationships with those closest to her - and done little more with it than offer the reader a dull narrative injected with conjecture. There's little in the way of intelligent analysis, either. For anyone who isn't familiar with Bronte's life story, it is informative, but all the author does is pull together other people's research. In no way does her pedestrian, and at times careless and entirely inappropriate style match either the elegance of Bronte's writing or the period Freeman is discussing (`ok' jars particularly, as does talk of CB's finances having to be `sorted' and repeated use of `invites' instead of `invitations'). The book is nicely produced, it's true, but the pages inside it are littered with grammatical errors, misspellings ( `wretched' instead of 'retched', as in tried to vomit; `cateract'; `wreckless') mind-numbing repetition of words such as `desperately' and `craved' and the odd unforgiveable factual error (p 15, Elizabeth a sister who's already dead is mentioned as playing make believe games with young Anne..). Suffice to say this is a classic example of a writer who is not equal to her subject.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adept and skilful addition to the Bronte canon, 29 Dec 2010
This review is from: Bronte in Love (Hardcover)
Sarah Freeman has written a fascinating, erudite (worn lightly) and witty account of the author of that most beguiling of English novels, Jane Eyre. In Miss Freeman's hands, Charlotte's life story reads as the greatest story that Bronte herself never told. The book is also beautifully illustrated and I think will do the Howarth tourism trade no harm at all. If there's one book about the Bronte's you would read - choose this!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and poignant, 22 Oct 2010
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John Taylor (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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Written with intelligence and perception, this book offers a rare insight into Charlotte's passion and character. The descriptions of her unrequited obsessions and lack of satisfaction with both her own charms and the nature of love itself will resonate with many readers, especially young adults who may be just beginning to read or study the Brontes. Poignant and moving, I recommend to Bronte lovers new and old.
Steph Taylor
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 17 Oct 2010
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Highly recommended, this book is an excellent read.

The story of Charlotte Bronte's own love life is revealed with much care and detail, highlighting the irony of a young woman's dreams for her own path to true love, shown so vividly in the novels written by her. From the outset the ending is known but this in no way spoils the anticipation that you feel when reading through the events of Charlotte's life. Each chapter is carefully described with the most exquisite pictures throughout, timed to perfection and shown at the very point related in the story. So informative of the Yorkshire area around the parsonage in Haworth where Charlotte was brought up, one is easily transformed back to a much quieter and sedate time which really creates the atmosphere where Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre with such passion, living out her own desires on paper.

A tragic, sad ending but the sense of compassion felt for this author lives on within one, long after finishing the final chapter.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read, 30 Oct 2010
This review is from: Bronte in Love (Hardcover)
Bronte In Love is a little gem.It is a beautifully written account of the tragic love story of Charlotte Bronte .Sarah Freeman has produce an accessible and compelling read. She has the capacity to empathise with her subject and a deft touch of irony making the book all the more enjoyable. The book is also beautifully and appropriately illustrated .Having read it I will be going back to Howarth a.s.a.p. and have already started rereading Charlotte's novels
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bronte in Love, 20 Oct 2010
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As someone who has been very interested in Charlotte Bronte the woman, and not just the author, I am enjoying the book very much! Especially after reading the letters of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell. This book gives another very interesting insight into the passion of Charlotte Bronte the woman. I would recommend this beautifully illustrated book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written biography of Charlotte Bronte, 26 Jun 2011
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Both myself and my mum found this book a fascinating read. Sarah Freeman's style is very easy to read, and despite the title, this is not a soppy love story account of how many boyfriends Charlotte had. It's a really interesting description of her road to becoming a published novelist, her relationships with her other sisters, Emily and Anne, with a little bit of her marriage proposals and turn downs. This book gives a fascinating insight into Charlotte's tragic life, in a time of desperation for her, when all she wanted was to have a published book and to be loved. Anyone who has read her novels should definately give this a try to learn more about this amazing writer.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Charlotte, 5 Oct 2010
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E. T. Reuberson "old steamer" (Bournemouth, Dorset) - See all my reviews
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This book reveals a little known side of Charlotte Bronte. There are many different sides of her personality unmasked! Her capacity for great love (unrequited), her anxieties, her duty to her father, her love of Haworth, but finally her practical side emerges when head wins over heart with her marriage to her father's curate. Altogether an intriguing book and a must for all Bronte fans.

Joy Sparshott./ Eric Reuberson
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed in many places, 26 Jan 2011
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S. BARRATT "Currer Bell" (YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bronte in Love (Hardcover)
The book itself is a beautiful production, the hardcover with its painting of Charlotte on the front, the glossy pages inside, plentiful illustrations and its size are all brilliant.

However, Im afraid to say that is all I like about this book. It is full of mistakes, often extreme basic ones. For example, a photo of Anne Bronte's grave shows she died aged 28; the author has merely copied this into the text. If she had done her research she would know Anne Bronte died aged 29.

I would be writing an essay here if I included all the other biographical mistakes. Sorry for being harsh, but all this book will do is misinform people.

Such a shame.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Bronte, 9 Nov 2010
This review is from: Bronte in Love (Hardcover)
I had never read any Bronte novels, but this book made me want to start. It tells a great story in a very accessible way.
If you're looking for an academic text, this isn't it, but it certainly brings the time and place very much alive.
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