Narrator Anna Bentinck impeccably introduces Maria Branwell Brontë, who is ordinarily in the shadow of her famous children and eccentric husband. Listeners enthusiastically join Maria, her wealthy Penzance family, and later her husband, Reverend Patrick Brontë. Bentinck's thoughtful delivery enriches each character, and she excels at evocative descriptions of both grand and humble locales, houses, and churches. Maria's letters to Patrick are enhanced by Bentinck, while quotes from experts Ellen Nussey, and Elizabeth Gaskell add depth. Bentinck's Maria contentedly describes her altered life with destitute Patrick. Most heartwarming are the loving couple's chats and letters to each other and their joy at each child's birth. This historical gem allows listeners, in part, to meet Maria through her own words. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2020]
Trade Ed. ISIS Audio Books 2020
CD ISBN 978-1-4450-8713-9 $84.95 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781445087146 $84.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $21.81
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