Title: The Redemption of Heathcliff: Tragic Characters in Classical Lit. Series
Author: Alanna Lucas
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Her wild ways tamed, Catherine Earnshaw has launched into London society. Only none of her marriage-mart suitors excite her because her heart still lies with another; whatever happened to Heathcliff, her childhood soulmate?
Markus Bell left Yorkshire to find his true identity and turn a fortune. Now the talk of the ton, he has Catherine in his sights, not to woo her but to seek revenge; he can’t forgive how she spurned him.
Catherine is puzzled where the gossip dogging her through the season comes from. Until she meets Markus, who’s as dark and devilishly handsome as her Heathcliff, and her world is turned upside down. Markus is her Heathcliff, she’s sure of it, just as she suspects he’s behind the rumors. What is she to do when her reputation is almost in tatters, yet her love for him is as strong as it ever was when they roamed the moors together all those years ago?
All Catherine Earnshaw wants is to escape her drunken brother and to fulfill the deathbed promise she made to her mother, to marry a man of means. The only man she loves, Heathcliff, is not only too poor but wouldn’t take her away from Wuthering Heights. Her plans go up in smoke when Heathcliff disappears into the night. Three years later, she’s in London for her first year. She needs to find a husband, but none can compare to Heathcliff. She’s resigned to never finding love when she lays eyes on the mysterious Mr. Markus Bell, whom every lady in the Ton has her sights set on. Her heart stops when she observes he has the same mannerisms as her Heathcliff. When she confronts him, he denies it but she’s certain he’s her Heathcliff. His cool demeanor belies the fire in his eyes. Can she convince him her love has never wavered but has grown over the years or will he reap his misplaced vengeance on her?
The Redemption of Heathcliff is a retelling of one of my favorite books, Wuthering Heights. The theme in Wuthering Heights is tragic, unrequited love. Alanna Lucas transforms Wuthering Heights and gives Heathcliff and Catherine their happily ever after. The couple must overcome a lot of misunderstandings and misjudgments to get to their HEA. The emotional trauma of Heathcliff and Catherine reaches out and grabs the reader by the throat. From the beginning, The Redemption of Heathcliff cast a spell on me. Beautiful, intricate narration captured my imagination, and I became a part of the story. The setting is Regency and like any Alanna Lucas story, it’s historically accurate. The character-driven plot propels the story. The ending made me cry both happy and sad tears, for I didn’t want to leave. Words don’t seem adequate enough to describe how much I truly loved The Redemption of Heathcliff. Don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself. Fans of Regency romance will fall in love with The Redemption of Heathcliff. Wuthering Heights fans will be torn by which story they like best. This is a feast for any romance reader and one I highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California. From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel destination, Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or going for long walks.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N