Published: 28/02/2016
ISBN: 9781785890932
eISBN: 9781785893919
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Mutable Passions
by Philip Dent

Mutable Passions brings Charlotte Brontë to life in a way that you might not have seen her before.

Charlotte Brontë’s life was empty; she suffered from extreme loneliness, ill health and sleepless nights. Her siblings were dead, and living in the parsonage with only her father for company was hardly fun. Based on facts, Mutable Passions brings Charlotte to life. The novel is a sensitive portrayal of courtship and marriage, focussing upon the strong emotions that arose after Arthur Nicholls proposed to her.

The servants were fundamental to Charlotte’s existence; she treated them with respect and was always warm and friendly toward them, which was contrary to much of Victorian convention. Friends helped fill the void left in the wake of her siblings’ deaths, and it was to Ellen Nussey that Charlotte turned to when illness and depression crushed her spirits.

Often portrayed a dowdy spinster downtrodden by Victorian tradition, Mutable Passions contradicts this, exploring the feelings and passions that Charlotte experienced herself. Mutable Passions is a unique novel that conveys an imagined, yet sensitive account of Charlotte’s own love affair. One that will appeal to those who enjoy historical romance novels, as well as those interested in the person responsible for great literature such as Jane Eyre and Villette.

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is my second novel and is now out as an ebook on Amazon.

My novel explores Charlotte Bronte's love affair, and portrays her removed from the dowdy spinster she exists in the minds of many. shows a passionate, and indeed a compassionate side to Charlotte's nature in an age when women were expected to adhere to the strict, pious conventions of Victorianism. My book challenges this, showing her as a feisty woman with a wicked sense of humour, able to stand her ground with the best of men.

In the aftermath of the deaths of her siblings, Charlotte was lonely; she was troubled frequently by ill health, while struggling to finish her novel . In order to help alleviate her loneliness she visited friends whenever she could, and travelled to her publishers in London. Nothing, though, could compensate for the loss of her sisters. Then Arthur Nicholls, Patrick Bronte's curate, proposed marriage. A new beginning beckoned, but her father's opposition was both unexpected and vociferous. He was furious that the 'lowly' curate should have the audacity to attempt to enhance his position in marrying his now famous daughter. Mr Bronte forbade such a union, which awakened strong emotions.

Could romance flourish amid such hostile opposition, amid bigotry and prejudice. Download a copy of and discover for yourself.

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