The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

Emily and I go way back…way back to elementary school when I was first exposed to her writing. A book that mixes a talented author with my love for mystery? I’m all in!

Thank you Berkley books for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters–the Brontë sisters–learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance. These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines–it’s seeing what is not there.” As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril…

I thought this was adorable. I loved the how Bella brought out the essence of these two sisters that readers have come to know and love over time. I think this was a fresh new spin on mixing the historical fiction and mystery genre together and I really enjoyed it. It’s helping me get more into the historical fiction genre myself! I am looking forward to the next installment!

4.5/5 Stars

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