Always Emily by Michaela MacColl

19875888How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they’re not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumours that a neighbour’s death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle – before someone else gets killed.

200words (or less) review: The fact that Emily and Charlotte Brontë are the heroines of this book adds to story but I would have enjoyed it had the two protagonists been unknown young women of the time. This is the first of Michaela MacColl books I’ve read but I liked her style and thought she captured the atmosphere beautifully, so will look out for other titles.

Each chapter begins with a quote. The majority taken from Emily and Charlotte Brontë famous works: Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. My knowledge of the sisters is limited but I believe the author has captured their personalities well. Emily is fearless and headstrong, while Charlotte is cautious.

The story of Always Emily is a mix of elements that you can believe would inspire both sisters in their writing. Emily definitely steals the show, which given that Wuthering Heights is my least favourite classic is quite amusing. I adored her character and loved Emily’s way with animals.

I thought Michaela MacColl writing was beautiful and while this book is fiction a part of me wishes Always Emily was true, although I do believe I agree with Charlotte and would have given Henry a different ending.

Recommend it?


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