Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

After the premature death of her eccentric, scholarly father, Samantha Whipple is the last known descendant of the famous Brontë sisters. The rumor that she owns the previously undiscovered possessions of her ancestors follows her to school at Oxford, as she tries to solve the riddle of her inheritance.

Vulnerable and lost, Samantha finds the strength to forge ahead and uncover the truth about her dad, the Brontës, and most of all, herself.    

The characters are well-drawn and the story sufficiently mysterious to make this a compelling read. The plot of novels about historical figures can sometimes lumber along, but this is moderately paced, and the characters entertaining enough to keep things moving.

I think it helps to have a little knowledge of the Brontë sisters to enjoy this book, but I don't think you have to be a huge fan. If you appreciate contemporary fiction about historical figures, like Austenland by Shannon Hale, then this book is for you.

Due to be released on March 1, 2016

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