Always Emily

Always Emily

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna’s Little Library


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 have to admit that it is purely the synopsis that drew me to this book. Am I a bad bookworm if I also admit that I’m not a massive fan of the Brontë sisters? I try to read classics, but they just don’t work for me! I’m sorry! I did find Always Emily fascinating though. It’s even making me wonder if I should give these classics another try. I think Michaela MacColl has written a brilliant book which is still an interesting read for those that aren’t hardcore Brontë fans.

Always Emily centres around Charlotte and Emily. Charlotte and Emily have lost their older sisters. Charlotte now is the oldest sister and really tries to control her sister. Charlotte is responsible, practical and cautious. Emily couldn’t be more different. She’s imaginative, wild and stubborn. The two sisters care for one another, but their differing personalities mean they clash quite frequently. A series of events brings the sisters together as they try to solve a mystery…

I thought the mystery element of the book was good and gripping, but it wasn’t overly memorable or the best part of the book. I much more enjoyed reading about the relationship between the siblings. I think the best part is how Charlotte and Emily have come to life in this story. Almost Emily is well researched and beautifully written.

Would I recommend it?:

A book that can be enjoyed whether you’re a die hard fan of the Brontë sisters or not!


4 thoughts on “Always Emily

  1. Nice review! I’ve got this on my Kindle but haven’t got round to it yet. And I’m also not a hardcore Bronte fan although the relationships between the siblings intrigues me – I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  2. I’ve never read any of the Bronte sisters work (I find classics hard to get in to :/) but this novel does sound interesting, particularly as it focuses on their relationship with a side of mystery 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

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