Thursday, August 5, 2021

Emily's House by Amy Belding Brown

They are selling Emily’s house?  That can’t be.

Emily loved The Homestead and so did Margaret.

Emily Dickinson’s maid, Margaret Maher, was her confidant, best friend, and was the one who kept Emily writing her poetry and kept Emily from disposing of her work.

Margaret was with the Dickinson family for over 35 years.

We follow Margaret as she becomes close with the Dickinson women and serves as their maid, and then the book moves back and forth from her time with the Dickinsons to present day where she owns her own boarding house.

EMILY’S HOUSE had me glued to the pages because of the story line and because of Ms. Belding Brown’s writing.  Her writing is pull you in and descriptive with interesting insight into the class structure and the plight of Irish Immigrants.

EMILY’S HOUSE is a wonderful account of the lives of both Emily and Margaret.

I didn’t know Emily Dickinson was so eccentric and was mostly reclusive. I also didn't know she didn't want her poetry published and hid her writings from everyone by hiding them throughout the house.  

Ms. Belding Brown did excellent research, and this book was a wonderful history lesson for me.

I’m sure this is a book that could be classified as a memoir, but it definitely did not read as such.

This book had me completely absorbed, and I totally enjoyed this book even though I am not a fan of poetry.

Hands down a 5/5.

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Thank you for this review. I do like the sound of this one.

    1. I enjoyed it.

      You are welcome, and thanks for your comment, Mystica.

  2. I do like the sound of this even though I have always hated her poetry!

    1. It is good.

      No poetry included. 😀

      Thanks for your comment, Davida.

  3. Another one for my TBR list. Thanks, Elizabeth!

    1. Enjoy!!

      It was good.

      Thanks for commenting, Mary.

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    1. I hope you get to read it, Laurel.

      You will enjoy it.

      Thanks for commenting.