Review: Solsbury Hill: A Novel of Wuthering Heights

Title: Solsbury Hill: A Novel of Wuthering Heights
Author: Susan M. Wyler
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: April 1, 2014
Ebook, ARC
Genre: Contemporary; Mystery
Source: Edelweiss

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My thoughts:
Susan M. Wyler had me at A Novel of Wuthering Heights. Solsbury Hill has many of the same elements that Wuthering Heights had, though I don't think it as dark. It does take place on the lovely, lovely moors, and I really liked that aspect of the book alone.

Eleanor receives a call one night that her aunt is gravely ill and she must travel to England immediately. Once in England, the mystery of her past begins to unfold. Long unanswered questions seem to hover around her as new information about her family comes to light. Not only that, but Eleanor is visited by ghost-like figures both day and night. And there's also the handsome man that she can't stop thinking about-Meadowscarp MacLeod. Could he be the Heathcliff to her Catherine?

Solsbury Hill has a gothic feel that will capture your interest. Eleanor is fragile in some ways, but she finds strength she didn't know she had. This book is really about Eleanor finding out who she is by finding out the secrets of the past. It's also about the choices that are made and the consequences that follow. With the help of Emily Bronte, the moors, and Mead, she finds courage and love. This book is a compelling read that I enjoyed cover to cover. Wyler did a fantastic job of creating or recreating the gothic presence of Wuthering Heights. It's a must-read for fans of this gothic-era.

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