Bronthayne's Lilly is a story about the evolution of love, grief and friendship. Leonard Smith is a young gardener serviced to work at Bronthayne House, a mysterious manor house in Yorkshire. He soon learns the sad story that surrounds Bronthayne and keeps the master shielded away from love...
Leonard Smith: Leonard is the new gardener at Bronthayne. He is 18 years old but very wise and sensitive for his age. He and Lilly become firm friends.
Lady Lilly Altsworth: Lilly (addressed as Miss Lilly by most) is Lord Altsworth's 16 year old daughter. She is known for being charismatic, kind and liked by everybody, although quietly she deals with a lot of pain and loneliness. Leonard helps her to overcome this. She is not afraid to go against her father's wishes and is very strong-minded.
Lord Colin Altsworth: Lord Colin Altsworth is the widowed master of Bronthayne House and father to Lilly. He has been unable to recover from losing his wife and finds it hard to have a relationship with Lilly because of this. He is ultimately very kind and has a lot of respect for his servants, Leonard in particular.
Jenkins and Mrs Lemming: Jenkins is the master's butler and Mrs Lemming is the housekeeper, together they run the household. They have both stood by and supported the master through his darkest times.
Doctor James Altsworth and Lady Isabelle Altsworth-Tawny: James is Colin's older brother and a highly respected doctor. He has a wife named Penelope and a daughter named Sophia. Isabelle is Colin's younger sister and a big influence on Lilly. She is married to Lord Arnold Tawny and is step-mother to his several children
Billy White and Franklin Smith: Billy White is Lilly's beau who is said to be her fiance, although this is never confirmed by Lilly. Lord Altsworth is aware of Billy's dodgy family history and does not approve of the relationship. Franklin Smith is Leonard's father and becomes a friend to Lilly.
Bella and Charlotte: Bella is the cook and Charlotte is the housemaid. They both act as a source of comfort to Lilly; Bella as a motherly figure and Charlotte as a sisterly figure.
Bert and William: Bert is the head gardener and a sullen, morose character. William is the stable boy and is a friend to Lilly as they are a similar age.
Relationships: The story focuses on a number of different relationships between different characters
Feminism: Colin's late wife and Lilly's mother was a feminist and although her job title is not specified in the story, she was a writer. Colin has a lot of respect for women and Bronthayne is a run by matriarch Mrs Lemming.
Atheism: Both Colin and Leonard appear to be atheists and have no belief in the supernatural or the afterlife.
Love and Friendship: The message of the book is about realising that love can conquer, and in times of need we should stick together.
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