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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  3,683 ratings  ·  723 reviews
Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious measures to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy's secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt, and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James's wealthy grandmother Helen hires
Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Thomas Nelson
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Elyse  Walters
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I spent extra time reading about "The Bronte Family and the Sisters", online because I kept feeling as if I needed a better overview of them.

If I had read other books - other biographies - I think I might have enjoyed this book
more.... ( I did learn more from my online search), so I have this book to offer up 'thanks'...
but I kept trying to get into this book, ( I stayed with it...highlighting as I read...but it's just not a style I enjoy ....( it's my fault ... not the author). I didn't reali
Katherine Reay
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Finally got around to reading it... I liked Helen best. :)
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
“I mean that reading forms your opinions, your worldview, especially childhood reading, and anything that does that has an impact. So call them friends, call some stories enemies if you want, but don’t deny their influence.”

This quote is one of many I absolutely loved from this novel and shows just how perfect this book is for readers who love books and understand that books are more than just words on paper. And once again Katherine Reay has released a book I will love over and over again.

As I
I completely neglected to post any thoughts on this! Quickie review it is!

Although I didn't enjoy this one as much as Dear Mr. Knightley or Lizzy and Jane, like those two books, The Bronte Plot has a very readable, compelling quality to it. This story focuses more on the physical and emotional journey of Lucy and the romance takes a bit of a back seat. Though at the beginning, I felt a bit thrown off by the jump in time, once I settled back in, I sped along easily. The ending is realistic, in my
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc, netgalley
The Bronte plot was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Good elements and some not so good.

I think my main issue was the characters, I could never identify or feel a kinship with *any* of them except maybe the Grandmother, and not terribly so with her. I just didn't really like them and I couldn't form an attachment. That makes it hard to get into a book when you have that problem!

My favorite things, and what I feel are its strengths, included all the "book talk." Being a lover of literature and books
Karen ⊰✿
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
There was not much in this novel for me to like. I found the writing unengaging as the author would tell us what happened rather than showing. This led to poor character development, poor descriptions, and confusion. I found myself in the beginning wondering if I had whole paragraphs or pages missing from my copy as she meets a guy and then suddenly they are in a comitted relationship, and a second later broken up, but apparently she still loves him.? I also struggled with the "bad" thing the MC ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It takes a talented pen to consistently turn out novels that speak to an avid book lover’s heart! It takes talent and genuine passion for an author to progressively grow stronger and better with each new story. Katherine Reay easily falls into the latter category with The Brontë Plot. Each of her novels (three, counting this release) is driven by literary influences and each is suffused in old-fashioned values. Basically, every book this author has penned has been a kind of ode to the novels tha ...more

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious measures to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy's secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt, and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James's wealthy grandmother Helen hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers H
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Katherine Reay has a lovely quality of writing. I felt like the stories from classic literature came to life as Lucy applied their quotes and lessons to the situations she found herself in. After a sweet introduction to her meeting James, I really missed the details of their romance as the time skipped quickly ahead to their break up. I would classify this more as women's fiction since the focus is on Lucy and Helen's journey of righting past wrongs and self-discovery. The conflict Lucy feels ov ...more
Carissa (Regency Woman)
Yes, I've deleted most of my original review mostly because my opinion has improved, hence the reason I rated The Brontë Plot 5 stars instead of 4. Does anyone else find it funny that the first time I read this book was in March 2016? I mean, literally, I'm off by only a couple of days in my re-read!! Surreal and totally unplanned!!

Why did I change my rating of this book? I'm currently in a different mindset than I was 4 years ago, for obvious reasons *cough*Covid-19*cough*. Right now, reading a
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! But of course I did because it's Katherine Reay. She has very quickly risen to the top of my list of favorite authors! Three books in and I have yet to be disappointed. It's her characters that do it. They sneak into my heart so subtly until suddenly there they are refusing to leave!

Especially Lucy. She was on my mind for hours and hours after I finished this book. She's a little bit unlikeable in the beginning, but give her time! Because it wasn't long before I was rooting for he
C.B. Cook
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Well, well, well. This pleasantly surprised me at the end. I'll admit that it in no way passed Dear Mr. Knightley - I'm not sure any of Katherine Reay's books will ever be able to surpass that one - but it was absolutely excellent! My second favorite out of her three books now. ;)

The Good
These characters were absolutely adorable. I didn't love Lucy very much, and James was okay, but Helen!!! She was probably my favorite - her or Dillon. Yes, yes, Dillon was a minor character, but I adored him,
So I spent a substantial amount of time writing a review for this book and my phone decided to shut off and I lost all of my review. Anyway, I will try and write another one real quick.

Obviously I enjoyed this novel, the fact that I read it so quickly speaks volumes for me. I liked how Lucy sold antique books and had a genuine love for words and characters in stories. I wouldn't call this a romance, it's more of a women's literature novel. The theme is about being honest with yourself and those
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars (Average). On the whole, this book passed the time while I was on a business trip and had nothing else to do on an airplane for a few hours, but that's about the best I can say about it. As a fan and major collector of antiquarian books myself, I was eager to dive into this story! But while I enjoyed the sense of travel and revisiting through story a few British settings I have visited in person, and some of the minor characters really appealed to me, The Brontë Plot was only so-so for ...more
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Rating 1.5/2 stars

This was one of the most disappointing books I read this year. The story itself didn't keep me interested so I had no problem putting it down. And when I read a novel published as "Christian Fiction" I expect it to have Christian principles woven through the story, but it lacked severely in this story. How I long for the early days of Christian fiction and it's authors like, Catherine Marshall, who who proudly and boldy proclaimed Christianity in her books. That is
Ok, where do I begin with this book? I have very mixed feelings about it and I'm not sure if I would give it 3 full stars. But here are my thoughts on it anyway.

“All real lives hold controversy, trials, mistakes, and regrets. What matters is what you do next.”

The story is quite enjoyable. Lucy is the protagonist and we follow her life when it is at a turning point.
It all begins with a first chapter in which we are shown Lucy's deep love for books, especially for Wuthering Heights or another
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
An engaging story about fallible humans with a literary backdrop.

In this third Reay novel, there are many literary references and this time a bit of geography tied to those references as well. It was delightful to "visit" London and other literary towns.

The Bronte Plot is largely about Lucy and the mistakes she makes. To a smaller degree, Helen is part of the story line and also trying to recover from a past mistake. There is a lot to love about both of their journeys.

I highly recommend this nov
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

As anyone can tell you, I'm not a big Brontë fan, so I was a little worried that this might hinder my enjoyment of the book. However, there was much more "bookishness" to the plot besides Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Agnes Grey, including a healthy dose of appreciation for C.S. Lewis, Beatrix Potter, and Charles Dickens, so I didn't feel left out at all. It was definitely my favorite aspect of the book.

That aside, I did feel like the writing was a little hard to follow at times, and
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, to-re-read
Katherine Reay knows how to blend the charm of classic literature with the sometimes-harsh realities of life into a book, and deliver it similar to the way you like your coffee.
Her novels always hold something for everyone -yours for the taking- and never fail to draw readers in with the "cozy fireside, blanket, and whistling-wind" of her style.
Katherine's characters are real and relatable and you can't help but get attached to them and their lives.
The Bronte Plot is a gentle, nostalgic, treas
Sheila Holmes
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Perhaps I shouldn't have read four of this author's novels right in a row. I'm tiring of the stories and seem to be finding fault.

I know that the stories are based in a heavy serving of Bronte, Austen, etc. titles and characters at various places, but since I have not read all the referenced authors' works, I was a little lost when I came to them.

Secondly, I am finding that I had difficulty wading through the detail minutia. In the last fifty pages, I skim read to the end, just slowing for the s
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Lucy Alling works runs the showroom/antique store of Sid McKenna, a well-known Chicago interior designer. She’s also in charge of the books, and that’s how she meets James Carmichael and finds a kindred soul. Almost …

The Bronte Plot is definitely aimed at those who love classic English literature, with an emphasis on the female authors: Austen, the Bronte sisters, Gaskell. I have to say that while I’ve read them all, I’m not as much of a Bronte fan as Lucy (or, I guess, the author), and I did f
Andrea Cox
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My favorite aspects of this book were Helen and Sid. They were truly the only characters I enjoyed from start to finish. I loved the interior design/decorating portion of the story. The road trip and tourism parts were fun, and at times I felt like I was right there with Lucy and Helen. The book-selling and artwork were fun, and I like how those things were wrapped up in Lucy's issues. It's when books take some of my favorite things and make them gritty and raw that I feel int
3.5 stars
Overall it’s a solid story, and I loved the parts with Lucy and Helen. However, James felt really flat to me, as did most of the other side characters, so I ended up not feeling as absorbed in the story as I prefer to be. Of course, it might have just been because I read it after a solid five-star read with very colorful characters, so I’m rounding up instead of down.

Content: some moderate drinking
Janet Reeves
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just having finished The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay, I’m now ready to travel to England to visit all the fun places her characters saw. But first I want to read or reread all the books by the Brontë sisters, Jane Austin, Beatrix Potter, and others that were mentioned in the book. Fans of British Lit will love reading The Brontë Plot.

Aside from being immersed in references to the classics, readers will enjoy a touching story. From a psychological standpoint, the theme is identifying and overco
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
3.5 stars

The Bronte Plot is the third book I've read by Katherine Reay and while I didn't love it like her previous two books, it was still enjoyable and written very well. But, I just a never connected to Lucy, the main character, and I didn't like the romance and how we didn't get to really see that develop in much detail (right after the characters meet in the beginning, the story skips ahead and then the romance isn't really a factor until much later).

I did really like the location and how
Nice, cozy book.
Lucy Alling works in a gallery/decorating shop. When she meets James, a wealthy lawyer, it would seem we are looking at a very conventional romance, but Lucy has a serious problem: She will lie, cheat and even forge to make the people she loves happy.

We learn that both her father and her grandfather were quite dishonest, but Lucy does realize she has a big problem.
When her lies makes her lose both her relationship and her beloved work, she knows she has to make drastic changes.

Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
What I did like about this book was the trip that Lucy and Helen took. I wanted to be there with them as they wandered around London and Haworth. I also enjoyed all the talk about favorite books. But overall for me, the plot was a little weak. Lucy was not a strong or interesting lead so it was hard to get attached or feel anything for her. The prose was ok so I do think I would give this author another try. This is the first time I have read anything by her.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net
NOTE: Received as an ARC from Netgalley.

Charming book lovers' chicklit with very subtle faith elements. I liked the idea of a flawed heroine with a secret to keep (although it also made her more difficult for me to like). I'd never heard of fore-edge paintings on books before and found that fascinating. I’d love to find one in real life (though perhaps with the inscription!)
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked this up from the library as a mindless read with perhaps some potential of intrigue. I was right about the mindless part, but the intrigue was lacking. It was your normal run of the mill romance book, following the usual formula. Boy, girl, love, strife, life adventure, awakening and love again. The characters were just this side of snobby and uptight with limited depth.
This was such a cute book! I originally received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. But, the eBook that was sent wasn't formatted correctly so it was too difficult to read. When I saw THE BRONTË PLOT at the library. I had to grab it! I've been really looking forward to this book, since the Brontë's are some of my favorite authors and I love the time period in which these authors lived.

The story revolves around the main character Lucy Alling, who is a rare book seller and works for an a
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Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels and one full length non-fiction work.

Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, rehabbing runner, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. She lives outside Chicago, IL.

You can meet her at or on Facebook: KatherineReayBooks, Twitter: @katherine_rea

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