Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Solsbury Hill

Solsbury Hill
Susan M. Wyler
Riverhead Trade Paperback
April, 2014

Idgie Says:
Though set in the modern day, this novel feels gothic from page 1.  It gives the impression of peering through a cloudy and weathered looking glass and watching scenes play out.   Eleanor is the main character, but she appears to float through the story - as if she were a ghost herself. She reminds me of a pretty leaf, caught in the wind.  The urge to tell her to "snap out of it" occurred to me a few times.  

This novel has a love triangle, a whopper of  a family secret, life changing decisions, beautiful English moors, ghosts...and oddly... ghosts that were never actually real people.

A nice read to lose yourself in for a while.

Click Here to read the article she has in the Huffington Post about writing a sequel to Wuthering Heights.  (Though I in no way felt it was a sequel..)

Book Description:
The windswept moors of England, a grand rustic estate, and a love story of one woman caught between two men who love her powerfully—all inspired by Emily Bronte’s beloved classic, Wuthering Heights. Solsbury Hill brings the legend of Catherine and Heathcliff, and that of their mysterious creator herself, into a contemporary love story that unlocks the past.

When a surprise call from a dying aunt brings twenty-something New Yorker Eleanor Abbott to the Yorkshire moors, and the family estate she is about to inherit, she finds a world beyond anything she might have expected. Having left behind an American fiance, here Eleanor meets Meadowscarp MacLeod—a young man who challenges and changes her. Here too she encounters the presence of Bronte herself and discovers a family legacy they may share.

With winds powerful enough to carve stone and bend trees, the moors are another world where time and space work differently. Remanants of the past are just around a craggy, windswept corner. For Eleanor, this means ancestors and a devastating romantic history that bears on her own life, on the history of the novel Wuthering Heights, and on the destinies of all who live in its shadow.