It’s always the quiet ones, isn’t it? Lest you assume the Victorian author of classic Jane Eyre led an uneventful life, Laura Joh Rowland imagines a much more thrilling existence in The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë. On a rare but necessary journey from her country home to London, mild-mannered Charlotte finds herself an unwitting eyewitness to the shocking murder of a young woman she had met only a day earlier. Before long, the authoress is drawn into a world of espionage and conspiracy, and she must work closely with a charming stranger who may not be who he claims. Charlotte is more than equal to the challenge, and she discovers in herself a strength and passion that she had before only experienced in her heroines, and in circumstances that she could never have imagined.