Book Review for THE VANISHED BRIDE by Bella Ellis
THE VANISHED BRIDE by Bella Ellis
A Brontë Sisters Mystery, Book 1
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A richly historical novel with intrigue and amateur sleuthing at its best.
THE VANISHED BRIDE is the Brontë centric book I never knew I wanted to read. The author carefully constructs a tale so that the reader thinks they are back in time with this family while they dive entirely into the uncharted waters of detecting.
Here is the thing. It is not a secret that I love historical mysteries. However, this one just blew me away. Experiencing the fictionalized versions of the Brontë sisters and their brother was such a treat. Their personalities, retorts, and interactions made this book even better than I could have imagined. And when they decide that they will be “lady detectors,” it is fantastic.
With the dynamic cast of characters, THE VANISHED BRIDE is a gothic mystery pulling heavily from the time period and the surroundings. There isn’t one moment I didn’t enjoy being thrown into the Brontë’s mission to discover the truth behind the crime. This beautifully written novel has opened me to a world I will be happy to visit again.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mystery...
Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters—the Brontë sisters—learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance.
These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines—it’s seeing what is not there.”
As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril...
About the Author: Bella Ellis is the Brontë-esque pseudonym of Rowan Coleman, an acclaimed author of numerous novels for adults and children. She first visited the former home of the Brontë sisters when she was ten years old. From the moment she stepped over the threshold she was hooked, and embarked on a lifelong love affair with Charlotte, Emily, and Anne; their life; their literature; and their remarkable legacy.
Series: Brontë Sisters Mystery, A (Book 1)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (September 10, 2019)
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