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Always Emily

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,079 ratings  ·  232 reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Chronicle Books (first published March 4th 2014)
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Emily May
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Bronte sisters
“I have dreamt read in my life, dreams books that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.”
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

These days, I live some thirty minutes outside of central London and I love the city. I love the hustle and bustle. I love the history and modernity. And I love how everything you could possibly want is practically on your doorstep. But I grew up in a very d
Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 1832—

Emily Brontë is home from a disastrous attempt at attending school, which ended in her getting deathly ill.

In her absence, her younger sister Anne has gone to Scarborough with family, her older brother Branwell is becoming a wreck, and their politically-outspoken father has made so many enemies among the local mill owners that he carries a pistol in his boot every time he leaves the house. A neighbor has died suspiciously, someone tried to break into the Brontë p
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This little book turned out to be delightful! This was my morning-coffee-before-work read, and I very much looked forward to picking this up each morning. If you are a fan of YA and enjoy the writing of Charlotte or Emily Bronte, you would be a fan of this book. 

It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but I think that may have been because though this book is labelled as YA, it had a younger, almost middle grade feel. This is not a bad thing, by any means, it just means that I ha
Stuti Rai
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

Always Emily was a cozy, read-in-your-pj's mystery in a totally comfortable position NOT on your computer in a wicked hard chair, but obviously the star of the book is the cast of characters: the Bronte sisters. The story is told in Emily and Charlotte Brontë's perspectives. While the title implies, along with the imbalance in the number of chapters assigned to either, that it's slightly in favor of Emily Brontë, I think equal measure of importance has been given to Charlotte as well, i
Sian Lile-Pastore
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Mainly, I found this charming and cosy, and I think if I'd been 13 or so, I'd have loved this, and it does have a lovely atmosphere and makes you want to read the brontes. It is mixed in with some slightly clunky writing/plot points that link in with the novels - so Emily says stuff like 'it's wuthering out there today', and there's a Rochester type character and possibly a madwoman, and maybe a heathcliff type..... Kinda fun tho, and I liked Emily's dogs. ...more
Katie Hanna
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Spooky, fast-paced, and full of fun. I would have ended it a little differently, but still, I enjoyed it.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA historical fans
4.5 stars

Perfect book for all fans of the Brontë sisters!

Aggie Unsworth
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 m
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
While a lot of the plot points in this novel are fictionalized, Michaela MacColl also uses a lot of known details about Charlotte, Emily, and their family to make this book a reality, and thus, makes it more believable that a few chance meetings and overheard conversations could have create a clear for how Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre became a reality. Easy to see how their attraction to the Byronic hero Harry could possibly have translated into Heathcliff and Mr. Rochester if they had, indee ...more
1.5 stars.

Two things I remember:

1. It was kinda neat how the author tried to incorporate events and such that the girls' would later put in their books into this book.

2. This was pathetic.

"I'm not sure I want to talk to a man who abuses animals and terrorizes young women."
He frowned. "I've never abused an animal in my life."
Emily couldn't help but nod her approval of his priorities. She, too, would have put a dog's welfare ahead of a girl's."

Emily Dill
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on She's Got the Book:

You know what makes me really happy? I mean, besides hot tea and butter pecan ice cream and the smell of fabric softener? Finishing a book on my TBR (to be read) list. “Always Emily” by Michaela MacColl was a book on aforementioned list and I just finished it, so…yay me. :) Two quick things about the book: 1) You can’t tell me that’s not one of the prettiest covers you’ve ever seen, and 2) Obviously, this Emily is digging the title.

The book i
Gabby Boucher
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. It really took me through what the main characters, emily and Charlotte were feeling. I loved the suspense and mystery that Michaela MacColl tied into her book. Also I was very fascinated in how this story was based on real people and their real adventures.
Gabi Coatsworth
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy way into the Brontes

This middle grade/YA novel should encourage younger readers to take on the Bronte Sisters novels, particularly Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The plot of this book cleverly suggests which events in it might have inspired the classic books. There are a couple of historical inaccuracies, but they’re easy to ignore as the story gallops along.
Alby Scout
Aug 29, 2021 rated it liked it
It was an interesting story but it just seemed too drawn out.
Keri Payton
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
(From my blog: Quill Café)

In accordance with the FTC, I would like to disclose that I received a review copy of this title through Edelweiss. The opinions expressed are mine and no monetary compensation was offered to me by the author or publisher.

When Emily and Charlotte Brontë return home from Roe Head School, they are swept up in a world of intrigue. A stranger walks the moors, a burglar is rife, and one man's sudden death breeds whispers.

Wild with curiosity, Emily seeks out adventure, cloake
 Mummy Cat Claire
I randomly found this book one day and the cover is so inviting and interesting, that I wanted to read it immediately.

MacColl does a good job and sucking the reader in. I think she really captured Charlotte and Emily as many, who study them and their lives, assume them to be. I've read several books on Charlotte and I think MacColl did a great job in bringing her to life in this book.

Although the book is titled Emily, I think Charlotte present just as much. Also, Branwell, who seems to be forgot
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Well, I promised in February that I'd have the full review up for this in a couple of days...THAT obviously didn't happen. Still, better late than never. ;)

I have both good and bad things to say about this book so let's start with the bad and end on a good note. :)

Firstly...this book is not a thriller, by any stretch of the imagination. That's okay, because it doesn't need to be but don't go into it expecting one. To be honest, it wasn't much of a mystery either, and the author showed all of her
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Actual rating: 3.5

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 com
Emily Bradley-dorman
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r4r-s
I'm not going to sit here and say that it was perfect, it wasn't, but it had a kind of charm about it that made reading Always Emily really enjoyable. The story itself swaps between the two sisters as they uncover things in their local town aren't quite as they seem. Charlotte's approach being - in most parts - thought through and meticulous, where as Emily runs head first into trouble. But the question throughout the book is whether or not they can find a way to work together? Despite they're d ...more
I've only read one book by the Bronte sisters-Jane Eyre. But I've heard much about their lives and have been fascinated that such talented writers could all grow up in the same household. While MacColl obviously takes liberties in recreating the lives of this well-known family, the plot really worked for me. I found it gripping, particularly towards the end, and I loved how at the finish of the book there was a detailed explanation of what was historically accurate and what the author placed in ...more
Always Emily is a fictional story based on a lot of real-life details in the lives of the talented (and in my opinion, tragic) Bronte sisters. I was really intrigued by this book, as I'm a big fan of both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and I'm an absolute sucker for books set in the dreary moors of England.

To be honest, I spent much of the book feeling disappointed. The dialogue was often really dry and I felt like it took quite a while before the story really, fully captured my attention, but
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
*A copy was provided by Raincoast Books for review*

Always Emily is a book about the adventure of the two Bronte sisters. This is my first Machela MacColl book and I must say I enjoyed myself a lot!

Emily and Charlotte Bronte are two very different sisters. Emily is adventurous while Charlotte is cautious. A few events that happen in their town lead them to try and solve the mystery. Along the way, they also meet Harry, Emily's childhood friend, who is part of the whole thing. Harry has come back
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Readers already acquainted with the Brontë sisters and their stories will have multiple mini-thrills (and possibly a few snorts) of recognition reading Always Emily, a highly suspenseful cozy mystery featuring Emily and Charlotte as unlikely but determined heroines who put themselves in perilous situations worthy of characters in their juvenilia writing when they join forces to rescue a woman kidnapped and held against her will. The author has done her research about the Brontës and their lives, ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
MacColl did her research. Details from this delightful little book were historically accurate - characters, places, relationships. This novel centers around the two older Brönte sisters - Charlotte and Emily. I liked the way she portrayed their relationship. The sisters' different personalities led to several disagreements and added conflict to the storyline - at times, you just wished they would confide in one another to make things easier on themselves! In the end, though, they realized that w ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love how this author creates books based on real-life characters, perhaps heroines in their own rights, in this case the Bronte sisters, and fleshes the characters out so remarkably that they simply spring to life on her pages. Fans of the Brontes' work will find hints of their stories in the events of the sisters' own lives in their father's parsonage on the moors. Always Emily opens with the Bronte siblings (the remaining ones anyhow) at their sister Elizabeth's funeral. Although they are re ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love renditions and stories based on the Bronte sisters and my favourite classic tales of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Always Emily takes us into the family life of the Brontes starting with the death of their mother and two sisters and then Charlotte's move to boarding school and eventually Emily's. Emily is unhappy at school and somehow ends up sick and sent home where she is comfortable wandering through the Wuthering moors which inspired the book "Wuthering Heights". Soon Char ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Review of ARC*

*3.5 stars*

Buzzwords: Historical fiction, Bronte sisters, Gothic, Sibling rivalry, romance (mild), madness, protection, freedom & responsibility

Charlotte Bronte is the oldest, now that her older sisters have died, and she takes that responsibility seriously. She’s bossy and controlled and dutifully serious. Emily is wild and creative and reckless, and the two sisters clash constantly. But when brother Branwell begins to act suspicious, a woman begs Charlotte for help on the moor a
I love how this author creates books based on real-life characters, perhaps heroines in their own rights, in this case the Bronte sisters, and fleshes the characters out so remarkably that they simply spring to life on her pages. Fans of the Brontes' work will find hints of their stories in the events of the sisters' own lives in their father's parsonage on the moors. Although they are related by blood, the sisters couldn't be different. Charlotte, the older sister, is careful and takes few risk ...more
Jennifer Fox
I received an e-galley from the publisher for review purposes.

Earlier this year, I had decided to reread Wuthering Heights. It was interesting, but I stalled a bit. Reading this novel about the life of Emily and Charlotte Bronte in their teen years revived my interest.

Michaela MacColl writes historical fiction that will appeal to fans of the genre, but while I read it at times, it's not my favorite genre, and I always enjoy her books. Her books are written for an older middle grade through young
Kate Hearn
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
***I won this book in a good reads giveaway****

Always Emily opens with the Bronte siblings (the remaining ones anyhow) at their sister Elizabeth's funeral. Right then we get our first glimpse of how Emily and Charlotte get along. Emily is the adventurous, hold nothing back sister. Charlotte, on the other hand, is cautious.

Fast forward 10 years, and not much has changed. Emily gets sick while away at school and returns home, followed shortly by Charlotte (who has been asked to take some time off
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