Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Review: Always Emily

Always Emily

Publication Date:  April 8th 2014        
~A copy was provided by Chronicle Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review~


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.


  • I confess, this is more of a mini-review.
I love Historical fiction, but it's one I always have to concentrate harder on than any other genre,  but Always Emily was different, though it had the feel and context of an historian. That could either be the way it was written or perceived, or mainly because of our MC's are not your traditional brand you'd expect from that century.  Emily's more headstrong and unconventional in what she wants, while Charlottes more diligent and conservative, but they both have one thing in common.
They both love to write (obviously.)
Though whereas Charlotte tries, while at Head Roe academy, Emily simply cannot be restricted.
This is a mystery, but it solely focuses on the relationship between the siblings', and the mystery is more of a sub-plot, as I said, Emily's more headstrong. She get what she wants one way or another, she wants adventure, she wants fun and excitement, romance is not on the cards and she doesn't want to get married, and she loathes that Charlotte's trying to push her into being more conventional. Charlotte wants what Emily does not, and even what Emily didn't bargain for. She wants romance, she wants someone to take care of her, and she's ever so worrisome to the point that it creates this wedge between them, and she always has to clean up Emily's messes, though she does create some herself.
The mystery is pretty simple itself, and it's quick to resolve, with a heavy dose of danger and not all of the characters that are involved come away unscathed, but it was a fun one to read, and to see how the females become to hero's.
Since I'm not a diehard Bronte fan, I can't accurately say if the research has been done well or not, but it certainly feels like it has, and it's vivid in its imagery.
Rating: 3.5/5