“Without the Veil Between” follows Anne through the last seven years of her life. It begins in 1842 while she is still governess for the Robinson family of Thorpe Green, away from Haworth and her family most of the time, with opportunities to travel to York and Scarborough, places she develops deep affection for. Although, as with her siblings, circumstances eventually bring her back home, she is not deterred in her quest for individual purpose and integrity. She stands as firm in her ambitions as Charlotte does and is a powerful conciliator in light of Emily’s resistance to the publication of their poetry and novels. Halfway through her twenties, having lived most of the last four years away from her family, she was finally fully-fledged, the nature she was born with at last standing up for itself, wanting its voice to be heard, with the courage to admit she was meant to wear truths not masks. To purchase “Without the Veil Between,” CLICK HERE!
DM Denton is a native of Western New York. She finds her voice in poetry and prose, in silence and retreat, in truth and imagination. Through observation and study, inspired by music, art, nature and the contradictions of the creative spirit, she loves to wander into the past to discover stories of interest and meaning for the present, writing from her love of language and the belief that what is left unsaid is the most affecting of all. Her educational journey took her to a dream-fulfilling semester at Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England, and she stayed in the UK for sixteen years—in a yellow-stoned village with thatched cottages, duck pond, and twelfth century church and abbey turned Jacobean manor house. She lived, for better or worse, right off the pages of Fielding, the Brontës, Austen, Hardy, DH Lawrence, and even Dickens, surrounded by the beautiful hills, woods and fields of the Oxfordshire countryside, and all kinds of colorful characters. This truly turned out to be a life-changing experience that resonates in her personal and professional endeavors to this day. She returned to the US in 1990, to a rural area of Western New York State where she still resides in a cozy log cabin with her mother and a multitude of cats. DM Denton also is an artist and has done the illustrations for the covers of her own novels and others, as well as interior illustrations. To learn more about D.M. Denton, CLICK HERE or visit her blog, by CLICKING HERE.
I was ecstatic when I learned that someone had written a novel about my favorite Bronte, Anne. The younger sister of Charlotte and Emily Bronte, history has overlooked the youngest Bronte sister. Her two novels had been panned by Victorian critics, from being too vulgar and scandalizing. Even Charlotte was ashamed of “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” and after Anne’s death, prevented it from being re-released. In the last twenty years or so there has been a revival in her popularity and she is now considered an early feminist icon.
I won a copy of “Without the Veil Between” (as well as a beautiful illustration of Anne) and quickly devoured it. A faithful portrayal, the story follows Anne from her early days as a governess, to her literary collaborations with Charlotte and Emily, to the devastating downfall and death of her brother Branwell, and to the death of her beloved confidant Emily. Anne’s life was tragically cut short by consumption, which seemed to plague the Bronte family. It was refreshing to come across a biographical novel that beautifully portrayed the sweet, devout, and sensitive Anne, that clung close to fact. Those familiar with this blog, know how irritated I get when I read a historical novel riddled with inaccuracies. Anne begins as a shy girl and evolves into a strong, capable woman who refuses to be silenced, no matter the opposition.
Special thanks to D. M. Denton!