Emily’s House

Emily’s House

Thank you, Berkley Publishing, for the gifted copy of Emily’s House {partner}

Genre: Historical Fiction

Author: Amy Belding Brown

Pub Date: 8.3.21

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆

“Change is the one thing that can be counted on in life, and it’s no different if a person’s rich or poor.”

It’s been a while since I read a Historical Fiction book, and Emily’s House has been high up on my reading list since I read the synopsis a few months ago. I know very little about Emily Dickinson and her life, so I thought this would be a great introduction to the poet. Well…. I should have realized this story would be more about Margaret Maher than Emily. I did enjoy learning more about Margaret. Still, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t read more about Emily Dickinson.

There were A LOT of characters to keep track of (two that had the same name), so it took me a while to get into the rhythm of the book. I loved how Amy Belding Brown made the story feel realistic by adding the proper dialogue for that time. It surprised me as some of the words referenced throughout the book seemingly have a different meaning in today’s society. It was an adjustment, but I grew accustomed to it quickly.

👥 Lots of characters to keep track of

👩🏽 More about Maher than Emily

🐌 Slower paced and overly detailed

Present and past flashbacks (1869 – 1916)

I recommend you read Emily’s House if you’re a fan of novels by Marie Benedict!

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