Claire Easton is a writer and magazine editor living in Los Angeles, married to a successful music producer, Ben Roden. As Ben is about to leave on a three-month music tour in Australia, Claire travels to England to research a book on her favorite author, Charlotte Brontë, a love she inherited from her otherwise inattentive mother. While seeking Brontë's secrets, she discovers her own.
THE ANGLOPHILE'S NOTEBOOK will whisk the reader away to literary London and the beautifully wild countryside of Yorkshire, home to the Brontë sisters. Brimming with writerly ghosts, enchanting bookstores, cozy pubs, English country gardens, and memorable characters, this novel is for anyone who has found their imagination in the gardens of rural England or a two-hundred-year-old bookstore in London and felt utterly alive.
"How many ways does the past haunt the present? Can it give you the courage to finally follow your heart? Part literary mystery, part how-to-reinvent-your-life, and 100% delicious, Sunday Taylor's entrancing novel about Charlotte Brontë will have you captivated from page one. Get ready to put the outside world on hold. You don't just read this book, you live it." ~ Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, author of NOVEL INTERIORS
"If a book could be a warm cup of tea, and a cashmere blanket to cuddle up in by the fire, then that is exactly what The Anglophile’s Notebook would be. I read a great deal of the book while curled up watching the mist rise of the lake behind our home, thinking about the wind swept, misty British moors, romanticized by the writings of the Bronte sisters. Sunday Taylor’s book is part love letter to the Brontes and the British moors, part literary history lesson, part romance, and part mystery. But even with the romantic and mysterious elements, there are no moments of stress or strife created by reading the book, It is simply a jaunt through London and the British country side, replete with personal revelations for the characters, and littered with cultural history nuggets about British literature. In short, this is a book to read if you want to bring your blood pressure down after the harrowing year that was 2020. Or if you yourself are a self-professed Anglophile, then this book is not one you should miss!"
"The Anglophile's Notebook by Sunday Taylor offers a taste of everything that makes a reader fall in love with a book: it is mostly set in the cozy fall/winter ambience of an 18th century Yorkshire country house on the English moors and it is filled with fascinating historical details about the lives of the Brontë family (you will enjoy these stories even if you haven't read the Brontës), and sympathetic characters that feel like they could be your friends. Its delicious details made the bibliophile, the Anglophile and the foodie in me swoon. Taylor notably develops her characters slowly and beautifully with a few mysteries and a couple of sweet second-chance-at-love stories. Claire Easton is an American writer who writes a magazine column called "The Anglophile's Notebook." She travels to England to do research for her book about Charlotte Brontë. She has been in a painful marriage with few friends in the US, and along with her literary discoveries, she finds new love, friendships and unexpected family in England."
"This is the book I would write if I had the talent to write a novel. It’s the story about an English lit lover who impulsively moves to England. I get it! I understand why the protagonist, Claire Easton, would do something a little goofy like head off on an extended work trip to England at the same time her marriage was hitting the rocks. And why, when her marriage falls apart, she decides to stay.
Claire is a 40-year old writer and magazine editor who goes to London on assignment for her travel magazine and with a plan to research a book on her favorite author, Charlotte Brontë. A couple of lucky breaks put her on the trail of a Brontë discovery and a new romance. When Claire’s friend sets her up with a collector of Brontë memorabilia to help him organize his collection, Claire starts traveling between her new boyfriend in London and Phillip’s stately home in Yorkshire, near Hawarth Parsonage, the Brontë family home. Like in the Victorian novels Claire loves, she may find more in Yorkshire than she anticipates.
The story takes place over Claire’s first year in England, during which she goes through a divorce, falls in love, turns her career in an exciting new direction, meets new friends, faces adversity, and starts to put down roots in her new home. This all unfolds against the backdrop of a cozy, literary England of independent bookshops, homey flats, chats in small museums, lunches in Covent Garden cafes, ancient pubs, and charming villages. Don’t come to this book looking for trauma and anguish. The Anglophile’s Notebook is all about the romantic ideal of starting over at 40 and having all the pieces tumble into place."
Rose City Reader.com
Sunday Taylor grew up in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and attended Bates College in Maine. A graduate of the Master of Arts program in English Literature at UCLA, she spent the last four decades in California and currently lives in Los Angeles. Taylor is married with two grown daughters and three granddaughters. She journeys to England every year, reads Jane Eyre every autumn, and identifies as an Anglophile. This is her first book.
Author Photo by Caren Levin