Note: I received an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
The publication date was April 8, 2014.
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. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor’s death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.
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 working together would be for the better good.
While the author wrote in a more modern tone (I don’t think a caretaker in Brönte’s day would have told a wealthy business man to “shut up”), it still held true to the personalities and sense of adventure of the girls. Emily’s love of the moors and both sisters’ passion for writing were clearly portrayed, and one could easily see these characters going on to write their own novels. There was a lot of mystery involved in their adventure — a secret society, a mysterious woman, a handsome stranger, a missing mother, an unusual series of burglaries, and even talks of a beast roaming the moors — all very Brönte-esque, yet written in language that would appeal young adult readers.