Author: Aviva Orr.
Expected publication: January 8th 2013.
Publisher: WiDo Publishing.
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?
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!