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When Heather Jane Bell is diagnosed with alopecia and her hair starts falling out in clumps, she wants nothing more than to escape her home in London and disappear off the face of the earth.

Heather gets her wish when her concerned parents send her to stay with a great-aunt in West Yorkshire. But shortly after she arrives, Heather becomes lost on the moors and is swept thr...more
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Published January 8th 2013 by WiDo Publishing (first published December 22nd 2012)
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Lucinda
Powerfully moving and evocative the breathtaking complexity of the delicately interwoven narrative is simply stunning!

Spinechilling and magnificent this impressive novel entwines accurate historical detail with a thoroughly contemporary twist, in an original work of ambitious proportions. I was delighted to find the Brontë’s re-captured in a classy current way that reaches out to those who enjoy the young adult genre. Aviva Orr’s inspired vision and how she delicately merges together both fact...more
Megan
I love the Brontes, and the idea of bringing them to life is what made me want to read The Mist on Bronte Moor. That, and a love interest with none other than Branwell Bronte, known for being the family rebel. It's an exciting and new twist on historical fiction that I can't wait to get my hands on.
Daniela
I'm a big fan of Emily Bronte's writing, her words simply leave me speechless. And now, I'm a fan of Aviva Orr. She's inherited that beautiful, romantic yet tragic, writing style that the Bronte sisters have given us.
The Mist on Bronte Moor is unforgettable. The story is beautiful, the writing is magnificent, the characters were so incredibly realistic that I felt like I really knew them. I have nothing to complain about. Aviva Orr has accomplished exactly what Emily Bronte did and what many ot...more
Mel
Early review on request from the author, also on http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com

I must say that this book blew me away! I loved the sound from this book and the story totally delivered to my expectations.

Heather Jane Bell is fifteen years and suffers from Alopecia. This means that her hair will fall out, because her immune system attacks the hair follicles. She has been friends with Simon for 10 years now. He is a popular, typical pretty boy and she is bullied because nobody understands her...more
Charlene
I love the Brontës. I find their short, insulated lives fascinating, especially given their writing genius. So when I read the synopsis for this book I was very keen to read this YA take on a day (or days rather) in the lives of the Brontë family. Heather has a great character arc - her insecurities due to her alopecia makes it difficult for her to open up to her family and friends but with the Brontë sisters and Branwell, she can gradually forget her fears. The infatuated love she feels for Bra...more
Bethany Farwell
3.5 hearts.

I found this as a giveaway on Goodreads, and absolutely loved the premise. I entered the contest and while I didn't win, I got an email from the author Aviva [WOOT!] asking if I'd like to read for review. Obviously I said yes, because this novel already piqued my interest!

Who doesn't love the Brontës, especially Emily. The story of the Brontës is fascinating, given the amount of literary talent in the family, as well as the short lived lives of the children and mother. The Mist on B...more
Karen
I am now a fan of Aviva Orr! I already want her next book! I have never been a huge Bronte fan and after reading this quick, quite enjoyable book, I want to go to England and visit the Moors and the house where the Bronte family lived. I thought it was witty to start present day with a main character so saddened and burdened with alopecia. When she goes back to 1833, she still thinks that having no hair is the end of the world but Branwell her new (old) love relishes the fact that she is beautif...more
Leona Olson
The Mist on Bronte Moor by Aviva Orr

From the site of Aviva Orr:

When fifteen-year-old Heather Jane Bell is diagnosed with alopecia and her hair starts falling out in clumps, she wants nothing more than to escape her home in London and disappear off the face of the earth.

Heather gets her wish when her concerned parents send her to stay with her great-aunt in West Yorkshire. But shortly after she arrives, she becomes lost on the moors and is swept through the mist back to the year 1833. There she...more
Shawna
In my opinion, this book deserved 5 stars purely based on my enjoyment of it. It was certainly not without flaws, but none large enough to distract me for long.

Weaving a tale using both fact and fiction, the author has written a both fun and educational story.

Heather is a 16 year old girl dealing with alopecia. Horrified by losing her hair infront of her peers, Heather decides to seek refuge at her great aunt's in remote part of the country. while out in the moors, Heather becomes disoriented in...more
Kelsey
Like everyone on Goodreads, I love books… which means books about authors make me squeal and dance about. The Mist on Brontë Moor is about Heather, who goes back in time and meets the Brontë family: not just Charlotte and Emily but also the less famous sister Anne and brother Branwell. Heather has alopecia, a disease that makes her hair fall out. She also has the hots for Branwell. This is a far more dangerous condition, because it turns an otherwise brave, capable young woman into a crying, swo...more
Jen*The Geeky Book Gal*
Amazon's summary:
When Heather Jane Bell is diagnosed with alopecia and her hair starts falling out in clumps, she wants nothing more than to escape her home in London and disappear off the face of the earth. Heather gets her wish when her concerned parents send her to stay with a great-aunt in West Yorkshire. But shortly after she arrives, Heather becomes lost on the moors and is swept through the mist back to the year 1833. There she encounters fifteen-year-old Emily Bronte and is given refuge...more
Joie
This book started out as an enjoyable and fluffy read, but holy crab cakes, that ending was an emotional gut-puncher that I did not see coming!!

The Mist on Brontë Moor was a refreshing blend of time-traveling, contemporary problems, and historical figures. Heather, the protagonist, was a narrator that I really enjoyed. She is diagnosed with alopecia, a medical condition that causes her hair to start falling out. Her voice was really relatable and I empathized with her fear of losing all her hair...more
Gabs
4.5 stars

Amazing. Beautiful. Bittersweet. These are the words that sum up how I would describe this book.

First, let's talk about Heather. Her struggle with alopecia is apparent from the first page, and it is very well written. Some reviewers claim that she didn't struggle with it as much as she should have while staying with the Brontës, but I say nay-nay. The girl was in 1833; she had other things on her mind, and it is still a fairly big struggle in the story, so I don't agree with them. The...more
S.A.M. Posey
Jan 26, 2013 S.A.M. Posey rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans, fantasy fans, Bronte fans
I love historical fiction, but when it involves time-travel, the transition between time has to convince me or I won't buy the premise. Of course, I know it's fiction - still.

In The Mist on the Bronte Moor, Heather, the main character, flows smoothly into the past. First baffled by her surroundings, she comes up with logically reasons to explain the differences in time periods away. She soon comes to understand that time has ticked backward somehow.

I can barely remember what I learned about th...more
Kristi
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Hazel
I um-ed and Ah-ed about reading this, I'm not really sure why, but within a few pages my fears were washed clean away. The author manages to not only capture a time, portray a family, add some thrills and spills, a splash of romance and delicately explore the more serious issues of grief and loss - She also manages to weave these into an intriguing story that captures a readers attention and heart.

I enjoyed this immensely. The protagonist's search for self acceptance and Branwell's aching hopel...more
Jasmyne
I think that The Mist on Bronte Moor is the best book I have ever read. Aviva is now my favorite author. I only have a few things to say that might improve the book:
1. You should add the date in the beginning of the book; before she went to 1833, so that people know how far you have gone.
2. You should make another book for The Mist on Bronte Moor, because I feel like it didn't quiet have a conclusion. It had a sliver of a conclusion, just not enough. I want to know more about what happens after...more
Vicki
I loved this book and got a nice history lesson about the Bronte Sisters as well as Branwell Bronte. I could not put this book down and will definitely read it again after some of the other to be read are done. This is a time travel with the historical fiction and is so historically correct, I googled alot of things only to find they were absolutely true. A lot of hard work and research went into this book and it really works well. It is a quick read and can't be put down. Do not miss this book....more
Becky
I am a fan of the brontes so I was excited about the storyline. I like how Heather's family was tied to the brontes and how she got to Haworth. I have always been curious about the Bronte sisters, Emily and Anne weren't as well known or as outgoing as Charlotte. It's a shame that they all died so young. I also like that Heather didn't know who they were until the end I like that she just sees them for who they were. The ending was a little sad, but I am glad that she decided to stay and have tho...more
Charity Bradford
This was a refreshing read, and one that was easy to lose myself in the story. It was nice to see the Bronte sisters get a moment in the spotlight.

Aviva did a great job immersing me into nineteenth century England. I liked Heather and cared about her journey. I also enjoyed getting to know the Bronte family a little bit even if it was fiction. This was a fast read and I recommend it.
Sarah
Wow.... what a waste of my time! I am a big fan of the Brontes so I was excited to read this book. But the more I read the more my excitement turned to disappointment. The whole thing felt disjointed and sad without a hope of happiness. When I am done reading a book I want to be left with a good feeling, and this book didn't give me that.
Miriam
Jun 06, 2013 Miriam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Really enjoyed this one. The Bronte family come to life in this fascinating book.
O'Fallon Public Library
Recommended by Blair-Preston Library (Blair, Wisconsin).
Emily♥
aweee!
This is really good.
Hannah Fullmer
I read 136 pages of this 250 page novel, and unfortunately, could not summon the interest to finish it.
Although I initially had high hopes for the story, given the concept of a present-day pre-teen girl who goes back in time and interacts with the Bronte sisters, for me, this middle grade/ya novel failed to capture an authentic sense of the past. Instead, The Mist on Bronte Moor fell into the not uncommon pitfall of feeling utterly contemporary, with characters whose relationships and reactions...more
Naila Moon
I really love a good time travel book, especially if it is written well. This book does that and a bit more. Heather arrives in the 19th century with her 21st century clothes and look. Her relationship with Emily is sweet but complicated too as Emily Bronte is portrayed as a free spirit preferring to live among nature than among human companionship. However, her self sacrificing to spare her family hardships is surprising too.

Heather's struggle with her disease of alopecia and her torment of it...more
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
Detailed Review:

<< ARC copy provided by the author herself >>

From the start I knew it was going to good after reading the summary of the book, The Mist on Brontë Moor. It starts off with a girl called Heather Bell - like the summary above - she has alopecia which is a condition where your hair falls out in clumps. In Heather's condition, she's a high school girl who has never told anyone about this (except her mum, dad and her bestfriend, Simon (of course)) so it's a trouble when th...more
Aimee
Fifteen-year-old Heather Jane Bell is crushed when she develops a skin condition that causes her hair to fall out. To make matters worse, her best friend that she wishes was more than just a friend, Simon, won't talk to her after they "accidentally" kissed. Her parents decide to send her to live with a great-aunt in West Yorkshire that she's never even heard of, much less met. When she arrives, however, things are not quite what she expected. She goes outside and gets lost in the mist on the moo...more
Jennifer
Overall, I enjoyed this young adult romance that consisted of a variety of subgenres like time travel, fantasy, and historical fiction. I have always been fascinated by the Bronte family and loved the way that Ms. Orr depicted them in all their damaged glory. Time travel books are always something I look for since I love the drama associated with a character dealing with such a change in venue. And I thought Ms. Orr properly depicted Heather's travel and her feelings about it at the beginning.

Bu...more
sh(e)reader
I really didn't care for this. The entire time I was reading I was thinking "why on earth is this in here" ... the alopecia? There was no reason to give the MC this disease. It was distracting. The Aunt and Father would be present, then totally disappear (seriously, no one is around so much of the time). Our poor Bronte sisters seem to have an unlimited supply of dresses to loan the MC (which doesn't seem true to the time period). Heather is absolutely frustrated with Branwell one moment and the...more
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Originally from South Africa, Aviva now lives in Southern California with her husband, two daughters, and two Yorkie terriers (Lucy and Branwell).

Aviva holds a master's degree in English and has a keen interest in early British literature. The Mist on Brontë Moor is her first novel and will be released by WiDo Publishing on January 8, 2013.
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