The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

It’s my stop on the #blogtour for The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis and I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on this beautiful book.




Yorkshire 1845

A young woman has gone missing from her home, Chester Grange, leaving no trace, save a large pool of blood in her bedroom and a slew of dark rumours about her marriage. A few miles away across the moors, the daughters of a humble parson, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified, yet intrigued.

Desperate to find out more, the sisters visit Chester Grange, where they notice several unsettling details about the crime scene: not least the absence of an investigation. Together, the young women realise that their resourcefulness, energy and boundless imaginations could help solve the mystery – and that if they don’t attempt to find out what happened to Elizabeth Chester, no one else will.

The path to the truth is not an easy one, especially in a society which believes a woman’s place to be in the home, not wandering 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…

My Thoughts

I jumped at the chance to read this book early; I am a great lover of historical fiction and I adore anything to do with the Bronte sisters – with the added whodunit thrown in, this was the perfect read for me!

The Vanished Bride is a wonderfully immersive read and with beautifully crafted characters; Charlotte, Emily and Anne were so vivid and vivacious; they almost felt like friends.  Breaking down boundaries and overcoming obstacles in every chapter, the three sisters slung aside all expectations placed on them as women of their time and it felt so liberating!

Whilst this is a fictional tale, the amount of research that the author has conducted is satisfyingly evident, as is her love of the Bronte sisters; making the book all the more enjoyable.

I love slowly immersing myself and savouring historical fiction, but here the added crime and mystery elements made for a gripping read indeed!  I was itching to pick up and continue this book at every opportunity.

The Vanished Bride is a charming, cozy, and beautifully written piece of historical fiction; the perfect autumnal read!  I can’t wait to revisit the Bronte sisters in the next instalment of this delightful series.

The Vanished Bride is out now in gorgeous hardcover you can buy it here

My thanks go to Steven Cooper and Hodder & Stoughton for my invitation to the #blogtour and also for my gorgeous copy of the book (plus the subsequent finished copy – which I’ll be giving away on my instagram account at some point – @mrscookesbooks).

If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others, and also the other stops on the #blogtour (see below).

Until next time!






Published by Mrs Cooke

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