Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Review: Always Emily by Michaela MacColl


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, rumors that a neighbor’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.

Ok i have a confession to make, don't judge me, I have requested this book purely because of the cover and because my daughter is called Emily. Other then that I went in there blind. Sometimes a risk like this pays off and sometimes it really doesn't. This time it was a winner. If I had looked at this closer I might not have picked it up, its not my usual genre. However this has been much better then I ever expected.

This is the story of Emily and Charlotte Bronte, two sisters that could not be more different. One thing they do have in common tho is their love for writing. But before they become famous writers they return from a school at which Emily is the student and Charlotte the teacher, to discover a serious of burglaries have been happening. To add to all the mystery on one of Emily's walks she discovers a boy, one she remembers from her past. He seems to be staying outside and keeping an eye on one of their neighbours. Why is the boy really there and what is he looking for? And who is breaking into peoples homes?

Filled with lots of mystery it was a rather exciting read. This isn't just for fans of the Bronte sisters at all, I for one don't know much about them but I still really enjoyed it. Emily has been an amazing character who clearly didn't want to be like all the other girls and women. She wanted so much more from life then just to find a husband and have a family. I rather admire this about her. But what I enjoyed the most was the relationship between the two sister. Weather they are completely the opposite and don't always get on, when one needs the other they will be there for each other no matter what.

What this book has achieved is make me curious about the Bronte sisters. Its probably time I found out more about them.

This was a rather pleasant surprise. I didn't see the ending coming at all and I have literally flown through this book. It was a nice quick and lovely read that I can highly recommend.

Thank you to Abrams and Chronicle for my copy of Always Emily.

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