Always Emily #MMGM

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always emilyI have been a fan of Michaela MacColl for a while. I loved her first novel. Scroll all the way to the bottom to see links in the recommended posts to two of her other books I enjoyed.

Earlier this year, I decided to reread Wuthering Heights. It was interesting, but I stalled a bit. Reading Always Emily 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. I read it at times, but it’s not my favorite genre, but I always enjoy her books. They are written for an older middle grade through young adult audience (probably 5th to 8th grade), but are so enjoyable for adults as well.

One doesn’t have to be familiar with the Bronte sisters to enjoy this book. Other than having read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, I didn’t know much about them. This is a typical story of sibling rivalry, of rebellion, family drama and loss, with a little mystery and a tiny bit of romance thrown in. Who doesn’t love that?

I can’t recommend MacColl’s novels highly enough, and this one is no exception.

This is linked up to Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. Click through to read reviews of other titles for your middle grade (3rd – 6th) reader.


  1. says

    I crossed paths with Wuthering Heights back in High School and stumbled through it. This one sounds much more intriguing. Thanks for featuring as I would never have found this one myself.

    • says

      Yes, I’m kind of stumbling through my adult read of it as well. I did pick it back up after reading this, and I enjoyed a few of the references.

  2. says

    I’m not really a fan of Wuthering Heights–I kinda believe they all belong in a very deep grave with several mountains on top! lol However, I love Jane Eyre, and this looks delightful whether or no you’re a fan of the books. After all, the two authorial sisters in that time period and setting kinda have to be fascinating in their own right. Thanks for tipping me off to it!

  3. says

    Ooh! Well, I love Jane Eyre more than Wuthering Heights, but I’ve always been fascinated by how the siblings created their own land and wrote about it as children. Also, I just loved PRISONERS IN THE PALACE. Thanks for the rec!

  4. says

    Oh, how interesting! At least, I’ve heard that the lives of the Brontes were interesting, but I’ve never read a biography. I’d much rather read about them in the form of historical fiction—thanks for this!

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