Parents' Guide to

Always Emily

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fact, fiction entangled in lively Brontë sisters mystery.

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age 8+

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age 8+

A epic movie about my daughter, Emily

She likes Curious George

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Michaela MacColl roots ALWAYS EMILY in the true story of the Brontë family, and the result will either delight or irritate readers who treasure Emily and Charlotte Brontë's work. MacColl imagines the sisters as 19th-century Nancy Drews, caught up in intrigue by chance and solving the mystery with pluck and determination. For readers who have yet to encounter Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, the novel may provide some insight into how the authors' lives shaped their novels … or it may muddy their understanding of the real Brontë sisters.

Biographical concerns aside, it's an enjoyable story with appealing heroines. The denouement is hardly revelatory, but getting there is so absorbing it almost doesn't matter.

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