book review

Always Emily by Michaela MacColl {Guest Post by Hannah Rials}

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Ever heard of the Bronte sisters? Every wonder why their novels are the way they are? Well, Always Emily by Michaela MacColl takes an exciting look into the young lives of Charlotte and Emily Bronte.
Always Emily
When the last of their older sisters dies when Charlotte is ten and Emily eight, the immediate duties of eldest sibling drop onto the frail shoulders of poor Charlotte.
Fast forward ten years. Charlotte, realizing that her father will not be around forever, finds a teaching job at her old school and brings young, rambunctious Emily along to be a student. Not a good plan. Emily has a restless spirit that fights when contained indoor. She is very adamant against attending the school, but Charlotte has struggles of her own to deal with. Stuck in a position where creativity is frowned upon and propriety reigns, Charlotte has no time to secretly write her romance stories, a discouraging environment for an aspiring writer.
When Emily becomes deathly ill, she must be sent home–exactly what she wanted in the first place, just not with the method she planned. Once home, she recovers fully and enjoys her time free of her bossy, controlling older sister…for now. Charlotte, however, is soon sent home when the headmistress discovers her sacrilegious stories.

On her journey home, a raving woman stops her carriage, pleading with Charlotte to help her escape. Before Charlotte can glean any information from her, a man appears on horseback, apparently the Bronte’s neighbor, and takes the woman away.
Unfortunately, things only become stranger when she arrives home. Her brother Branwell is acting oddly, drinking heavily, and all-together avoiding his family. Their home has been broken into several times without cause, leading their father to carry a loaded pistol. Is it because their father the liberal preacher is condemning the way the mill owners are treating their workers? Or is it some other mysterious reason?
Then on one of Emily’s late night strolls, she discovers a hut not too far from her neighbor’s land. She comes to meet the young man living there–her neighbor’s nephew who ran away several years ago. Now he’s back to save his mother from his cruel uncle, but he needs the help of daring Emily and practical Charlotte.
Will they be able to save his mother? How is Branwell involved? And why is someone breaking into their home? Join Charlotte and Emily on the adventure of their lives that influence their future novels. Get your copy of Always Emily HERE.

A Note from Hannah

Let me just start off by saying this: I finished this book in ten hours. I LOVED it! This book provides insight into the lives of two celebrated authors. It is fast-paced and exciting–i literally could not put it down. Personally, I wish it would have been longer, but MacColl does an amazing job of developing Charlotte and Emily’s characters. There’s nothing more to say other than…impressive!


Hannah Rials

Born in the hills of Louisiana and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Hannah Rials is a seventeen year old aspiring author and editor. She’s been writing short stories since she was a little girl, but for the past several years, she has been writing, editing, and re-editing a novel of her own that she hopes to publish in the near future. Visit Hannah’s blog HERE.