We Ain’t the Brontes By Rosalyn McMillan

Charity Lavender Evans is a national bestselling author, but she has not achieved the success of her sister, Lynzee Lavender, whose science fiction books reached New York Times bestselling status. No matter how hard Charity tries, she is unable to get her contract renewed. It’s been seven years.

Lynzee drops a bomb on Charity and tells her that Charity’s husband, Jett, is the father of the daughter she bore thirty-three years ago and gave up for adoption. Unwilling to believe her, Charity hires a private detective. When it is revealed to her that the reason for her career stalling is that Lynzee had her blacklisted, Charity is appalled. She contacts Lynzee, who denies it and then puts pressure on Charity to tell Jett the truth about his daughter. Charity is in total denial.

Without a contract renewal, Charity and Jett are forced to sell their dream home. She and her husband take jobs to make ends meet, but she continues to write. Her hard work pays off, and she gets a new contract. Revelations, which becomes a New York Times bestseller, exposes a part of Lynzee’s past that she’s embarrassed about. As her own career and book sales plummet, she files a five million dollar civil suit against Charity.

Jett eventually finds out about his daughter. He is furious at Charity for lying to him, and files for a divorce. Trying to define her life as a wife, mother, sister, and writer will cause Charity to make some drastic changes that will eventually make her a stronger woman, but Charity’s problems are not over. Someone is playing nasty tricks on her. She fears for her life. Jett and Charity debate if it’s his ex-lover or Lynzee who is trying to hurt her. Everyone is shocked to discover the person’s true identity

 

AAMBC Reviews 2 Stars **

We Ain’t The Brontes is about two sisters, Charity Evans and Lynzee Lavender, who ironically, both happen to be authors. Lynzee thinks of herself as a far superior writer than her sister Charity and they both become embroiled in a heated competition over who’s a better writer, who’s love life is better, and family secrets. While the concept of the story was good, I expected the flow of the story to be a little more like  “Danielle Steele” or “Jackie Collins”, with twists and turns and surprises all along the way.  Quite the contrary, it was more like Pookie Collins.  The dialogue is not smooth, it’s very choppy, and it doesn’t flow very well, plus the book lacks description and has holes as well as certain unexplained parts of the storyline.

The book, very simply written, is also very simply edited.  There are typos everywhere, so many that it gave me a headache.  Lastly, I don’t understand the cover photo.  I recently read a comment on Twitter that stated that the book covers authors choose should “match” or “reflect” their story inside the covers in some way.  I agree. When I received We Ain’t The Brontes for review, I assumed that since there were two young women on the cover, dressed in early 1990s attire, that the story was going to be about, well, two young women.  This was not the case. In fact, the two sisters in the book, Lynzee and Charity are actually in their early fifties.  This left me very confused. Was the cover photo supposed to be the sisters in their younger years? If so, they were dressed very, very wrong.  I’m not sure, but it wasn’t a good cover and didn’t reflect the story in any way.

Overall, on a scale of 1-5, I give We Ain’t The Brontes a strong  2.  I would have appreciated it, if the author had taken the time to shape the characters a little more, would have chosen a better title or at least talked about the Bronte’ reference, would have hired an editor, and I wish she would have created better dialogue between the characters.

Kellea Tibbs
AAMBC Reviewer

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