The Mist on Brontë Moor - Aviva Orr
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 Brontë Moor is a brilliant depiction on the young lives of Emily, Charlotte, Anne and Branwell, along with Heather Bell. Aviva Orr did an stunning job weaving fiction and non-fiction together.
Heather has insecurities due to her Alopecia.[The loss of hair, which usually turns out in permanent baldness] Having this disease while being in high school is just not fun, Heather ends up leaving her high school after an incident in class and going to live with her Aunt in the Yorkshire Country. The day after she arrives, she travels into the Moors outside. There is a mist that invades her visibility and she trips and hits her head, falling into the 19th century.
Heather wakes up in the Moors. While trying to find her way back to her new home, she meets Emily. Emily decides to take Heather back to her home where she meets the rest of the Brontë family. Heather finds a love interest in Branwell, who is charming and troubled true to the real man. Aviva did a amazing job entangling the teenage characters to make them true to the actual history, while being fictionalized.
The Mist on Brontë Moor is definitely delivers worthy read. Mixing time travel, romance, history, and suspense. Getting a new take on the Brontë family is refreshing and unique. Although a work of fiction, this story makes you really imagine what it was like for the Brontë family in the 19th century. This novel brings you on a vivid journey to a historical past. I felt as if I was thrown back in time along with Heather, feeling everything that she went through with Emily and Branwell especially.
This is truly a brilliant work of art, by Aviva Orr. I can't wait to see what she puts out next.