Sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronson, each in their forties, are in Puffin Bay, ME for their mother's funeral and to lay their claws into the fortune each expects to inherit. But their mother has other plans. Her substantial fortune won't be divided until the trio return to their childhood home and live together for a year.
It's a request that pits sister against sister but could unite them in a common goal to find the friendship they shared as children, to create a family jewelry business, and to win over the men of Puffin Bay. They have a year to figure it all out.
Author - Becky Lower
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Posted by Christy McKee on 4th Aug 2013
While Author Becky Lower is best known for her American Historical, readers of contemporary romance are in for a treat. Blame It on the Brontes, Lower’s brand new, first contemporary is sweet, funny, a bit dramatic and downright steamy at times.
Three sisters who haven’t lived together for over eighteen years are forced to cohabitate in their childhood home to meet conditions of their late mother’s will so they can qualify to receive a large inheritance.
It’s a heartwarming tale of not one but three love stories as each sister meets the man of her dreams—with a few bumps along the way. Families are often complicated and this one is no exception.
Lower has created three very different but appealing sisters who must overcome past hurts and jealousy to unite as a loving family again.
Take a trip to Puffin Bay and meet the Bronson sisters and their handsome, “one of a kind” men. Enjoy.
Posted by Rena Koontz on 30th Jun 2013
Becky Lower gives us a sweet story about the ties that bind in her contemporary romance, "Blame It On The Brontes."
It’s a story about three sisters, Annie, Charlotte and Emily, who repair the rips in their own lives as they mend the tear that has divided them for 18 years. Each woman is introduced in her own novella with a thread established by and insisted upon by their dead mother – that thread reunites and intertwines their lives and carries us through to the end.
In her usual stellar manner, Ms. Lower makes us long to live in Puffin Bay, smell the salty air and meet the men who will help these ladies learn to love.
Ms. Lower’s story gives credence to author Anthony Brandt’s words, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”
Posted by Linda Smith on 27th Jun 2013
Blame it on the Brontes was the perfect book to take on my recent beach trip. This was a fast and thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved the three sisters and shared their mother's hope that they could overcome their differences and bond together as a family. Charlotte and Anne have been feuding for the past 18 years. The hurt that they caused each other shaped the way that each woman lived her life and affected not only their relationship with each other but with the men they have loved. Emily is the middle sister who has literally been placed in the middle. She dreads family get-togethers since she has long been locked into the role of peace-maker. This volatile situation is brought to a head by the terms of their mother's will. In order to claim their inheritance, the three sisters must move back to the house they grew up in and live together for one year. If any one of the sisters bails out early, the entire estate will be donated to charity. Charlotte, Emily and Anne each bring their own baggage to this tense living arrangement. But the reader will be rooting for them all the way. Blame it on the Brontes not only left me wanting to take a trip to Puffin Bay, Maine but with a desire to purchase some sea glass jewelry. I hope to do both.
Posted by Amy J on 11th Jun 2013
Becky Lower's contemporary, Blame it on the Bronte's does not disappoint. Based on the lives of three sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, it follows their path to romance in a small coastal town in Maine. Now you may be saying to yourself, seen and done that before, but STOP and let me tell you why this story is worth the read. First, all three sisters are in their forties - refreshing, right? They are looking for love after missing the mark earlier in their lives. I don't know about you, but the last time I looked at the US census the average age for woman was not 25, so why are the majority of heroines in their twenties?
Second, the sisters don't get along so their story is also about reconciliation and the healing of old wounds. And the tension is ratcheted up even more when they are forced to live together as a condition of their mother's will. Third, the heroes are actually interesting characters! Two run a lobster boat and the third is a cop whose wife was killed in the line of duty. How can you not fall in love with an `everyman' character and in this book we get three of them!
Fourth, the small coastal town, Puffin Harbor is described in a way that it almost becomes its own character. These people live and breathe the salt air and look out their window to the sea below. The author does a wonderful job of using `magic places' to further the romance in the book. The first magic place is the widow's walk on the house. All three heroines are drawn to this special spot. Charlotte and Emily watch their men come home from the sea and Anne watches her man jog along a trail next to their house. The other magic place in their stories is the `kissing cave'. A place where teens in the town go to make out, it plays an important part in all three love stories, whether as a reminder of the past (Charlotte & Gray) , a wish of a love-smitten boy, now man (Emily & Liam), or the chance of a new future (Anne & Jesse).
The final reason why you should read this book is the heroine's themselves. All three sisters are unique and yet they all want a second chance at love. Charlotte, the artistic east-coaster gal who drinks beer; Emily the successful business woman who thinks she can plot out her life and loves using lists; and Anne the tempestuous actress whose fiery temper and love for designer shoes gets her into trouble. How can you not want to know their story? I know I had to.
Posted by Micah Persell on 10th Jun 2013
My complete lack of real-life focus for the duration of reading this book can definitely be blamed on Blame it on the Brontes. What a wonderful escape! This book is three novellas in one--something a publisher may be tempted to divide. It was the absolute right decision to include Charlotte, Emily, and Anne's stories in one volume. While they were three separate stories, the thread woven through them all and tying them together is so beautiful. I cannot imagine the sorrow of not seeing these sisters together in one tome. With each sister's story, I found myself thinking - this one, she is my favorite. No SHE is my favorite - in the end, they are all my favorites in their unique ways. Becky Lower managed to create three distinct heroines with three distinct voices and personalities, and the fact that all three were seeking the same thing, though they did not realize it until the end, speaks volumes about the human experience and what we all can achieve if we're willing to bind together and forget the things that no longer matter--if, indeed, they mattered at all. Overcoming what is THOUGHT to be desirable in the favor of what is true is this book's ultimate theme, and home is truly where the heart is. In the beautiful words of Lower's closing line: "The path to true love begins at the front door."
Posted by Mary Jane on 10th Jun 2013
Becky Lower's Blame it on the Brontes is a novel about second chances--collectively for a family and individually for each of the three Bronte sisters as they are forced to cohabitate together in their Northeastern seaside town of Puffin Bay for a year according to their mother's will. During that year, old tensions will surface, like the jealousy and bitterness between Charlotte and Anne that kept Charlotte from her true love for eighteen years.
As in her other books, Lower strikes a sensitive chord as she accurately portrays family dynamics in all their complexity and drama, and adds the redemptive qualities of healing and forgiveness.
The descriptions of life in a coastal New England town, with lobstering, sea glass, and the pull of the ocean gives a wonderful feel to this story and makes for perfect beach reading.
This is Lower's first contemporary novel. If you like it, you'll also love her historical series about the siblings of a large American family set in the 1850's.
Posted by Amanda Shalaby on 9th Jun 2013
As a huge fan of Ms. Lower’s American historical Cotillion Ball Series novels, I was eager to read her first contemporary story. Not surprisingly, I loved it, as I have loved all her books prior to this one. Ms. Lower has proven her talent for creating vivid settings and complex characters over and over - and this tale of sibling rivalry, as well as of both long-lost and new loves is exactly what I have come to expect from this gifted author. Set in the small Maine town of Puffin Bay, three drastically different sisters – Charlotte, Emily & Anne Bronson – are brought together by the terms of their mother’s will after years apart and a falling out between two of the three girls. Written in three parts, from each of the sister’s perspectives, the novel follows the Bronson girls as they find peace, forgiveness and love. Each section serves to bring the individual sisters’ personalities alive. The reader obtains such a deep, intimate knowledge of each of them, that despite some very real nastiness between them early on, you cannot help but root for each to find happiness in the end. Not to mention, Ms. Lower has a way of placing the reader right in the middle of Puffin Bay with the long-time residents of this ocean side town – so much so that you can smell the fresh lobster and sea air. I literally felt like I took a trip to Maine reading this novel! A fabulous book about the importance of family and second chances – recommended without hesitation to anyone looking for a story with substance from an author who knows what her readers want!
Posted by Brandy @Romancebookworm's Reviews on 9th Jun 2013
It has been awhile since I have read a book that is steeped in reconciliation and second chances. This book was beautifully written and I love the interaction between the sisters.
It was like a breath of fresh air to realize that these women were older and had made mistakes and were looking for their chance at love, romance and discovering their sisters again. I know how devastating the loss of a relationship with a sibling can be and when you throw in a fortune, lets just say that I am surprised there wasn’t a hitman on retainer! :) These women were strong and loving once they were back on track together.
Puffin Bay sounds like an amazing area and the author has a true talent for bringing the reader to the book. I wasn’t sure how this story would flow with the perspective of all the sisters but I loved it.