Review 108. Aviva Orr – The mist on Bronte Moor.

The Mist on Bronte MoorTitle: The mist on Bronte Moor.
Author: Aviva Orr.
Pages: 257.
Expected publication: January 8th 2013.
Publisher: WiDo Publishing.
Sort: Stand-alone.
Source: I received an e-ARC from the author.
When fifteen-year-old Heather Jane Bell is diagnosed with alopecia and her hair starts falling out in clumps, she wants nothing more than to escape her home in London and disappear off the face of the earth. Heather gets her wish when her concerned parents send her to stay with a great-aunt in West Yorkshire. But shortly after she arrives, Heather becomes lost on the moors and is swept through the mist back to the year 1833. There she encounters fifteen-year-old Emily Brontë and is given refuge in the Brontë Parsonage.  Unaware of her host family’s genius and future fame, Heather struggles to cope with alopecia amongst strangers in a world foreign to her. While Heather finds comfort and strength in her growing friendship with Emily and in the embrace of the close-knit Brontë family, her emotions are stretched to the limit when she falls for Emily’s brilliant but troubled brother, Branwell. Will Heather return to the comforts and conveniences of the twenty-first century? Or will she choose love and remain in the harsh world of nineteenth-century Haworth?
I must say that this book blew me away! I loved the sound from this book and the story totally delivered to my expectations.

Heather Jane Bell is fifteen years and suffers from Alopecia. This means that her hair will fall out, because her immune system attacks the hair follicles. She has been friends with Simon for 10 years now. He is a popular, typical pretty boy and she is bullied because nobody understands her friendship; she is too ‘normal’ for him. An awkward kiss ends their friendship and Simon ignores her. Heather is devastated and when she loses clumps of hair on school, she doesn’t want to attend school anymore.

Her parents send her to a great-aunt called Elspeth in West Yorkshire. When Heather takes a walk, she is surrounded by a mist and swept away back in time. She ends up with Emily Jane Brontë and her family; father, Charlotte, Anne, Branwell (his real name is actually Patrick), Tabby (the maid) and aunt Branwell. Heather doesn’t know it yet and she suspects that she just lost her way during the walk. She can live with them until father Brontë finds her aunt.

Times passes and Heather finds her way in the family. She is now aware that the mist transported her back in time, but she is far too busy to think about her real home all the time; she and Branwell are growing to like each other. He is a very troubled boy, but he makes her feel beautiful. Will she ever return to her home? And does she want that?

I liked Heather’s voice. I could understand her feelings; I would be broken if I lose my long hair. I was happy that she wasn’t whiny about it and she starts to realize that she can be beautiful despite her sickness. It wasn’t hard to connect with her.

Aviva used another storyline to spice up the story and I liked that. It made sure that I was hooked to the pages and I was never bored. It was hard to put it down and her writing-style was pleasant. The fact that every chapter starts with a piece of Emily’s writing was great! Very nice addition to the Brontë feeling. The world-building is good. I could imagine all the places Heather visits and the secondary characters are well-done.

So, I would definitely recommend this book if you like time-travel!


  1. This one sounds interesting, and I like that the MC isn't whiny and realizes that she can be beautiful even if she's sick. The incorporation of the Bronte family sounds very cool.

  2. I agree, it does sound cool! + I'm always happy when the protagonist isn't gullible and rather rational, not whiny. And I loved The Time Traveller's Wife so I think it'd be awesome to read this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts:)

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  3. I love Time Travel!! Will definitely check this book out :)

  4. I really love time travel and I've loved Wuthering Heights, so I think I'll have to check this out for sure! Amazing review, Mel! :D

  5. Great review!
    I keep seeing this on blogs lately and I wanted it because I love the Brontes, but now you tell me it's got time-travel, I'm hooked! I need it!

  6. Oh, I might have to check this one out! I love reading about 19th century England, and I have a bit of an obsession with the Brontes! Glad you liked it! :)

  7. I'm about to start reading Catherine, a Wuthering Heights retelling. But this one sounds really interesting.

  8. How interesting that the author chose to use alopecia. I can't think of any other book I've read that has - but I love it since the big thing with the heroines is always that they all have gorgeous hair. I love that the Brontes are in there too, this sounds just full of win. I'm definitely going to go check it out. Great review!

  9. Ooh sounds like a great time-travel read(: Heather sounds like a very interesting and likeable character I really want to read her story.

    Nice review(:

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  10. I have this on my TBR list! Great review Mel, I can't wait to finally get to this :)

  11. Poor girl! :( Wow, I haven't seen this one yet, but I'm SO glad I did! Time travel books haven't ever worked out for me positively yet but I'm really wanting to give this one a shot! The premise sounds really interesting and Heather sounds really wonderful! Lovely review, Mel! I'm going to rush over to GR to add this one right now! <3333


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