Happy Friday Everyone!
So today I am going to be reviewing World’s of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. This book takes the reader into the home of the Bronte children. You are introduced to all three sisters, Charlotte, Ann, and Emily, along with their brother, Branwell. The women are in the process of writing their stories, and not only do you get a glimpse into what their lives could be like, you also get thrown into this extraordinary world where their words come to life.
The description has been taken from the Goodreads website:
“Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been close. After all, nothing can unite four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict, spartan upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.”
I don’t know what to say about this story further from the description because I don’t want to give anything away, however I am still going to try. The Bronte siblings create an imaginary world that they could escape to when they wanted to get away from their normal lives. The characters in this imaginary world have been given their own personalities, and dare we say the world is adapting. Not only does this story bring you into the world of the Bronte’s but Lena has created an imaginary world that even the Bronte’s would be proud of. Lena’s descriptions of each character is mixed with fact and fiction, to bring an added degree of depth into this amazing story of siblings. Charlotte is one of the main characters in the story, but Lena doesn’t take away the importance of Ann, Emily or Branwell. The reader gets to feel how much the siblings loved each other, loved writing, and how much they would do to keep their family together.
Here is a quote from the book, “True, it was Charlotte and Branwell who created these places, but they’d been happy to take their younger sisters. In those days,they crossed over by acting out a story, not by writing. All they needed were a few opening words. A door of light would open, one of them would make that mysterious hand gesture, and they would all go through”.
And with that I am going to leave that there. If you are a fan of the Bronte’s I would highly recommend you read this book so that you can dive into their world of imagination.
Image taken from Goodreads website.