Review: The Redemption of Heathcliff by Alanna Lucas - .Red Wine & Books

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Review: The Redemption of Heathcliff by Alanna Lucas

        


Print Length: 190 pages
Publisher: Sebastiani Press (January 1, 2021)

From Goodreads.com: 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?

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This is a cute, mostly clean read (I say mostly because steamy scenes are alluded to, but not mentioned in any great detail). 

On the whole I enjoyed this novel. It has been quite a long time since I've read Wuthering Heights (and since we're being honest here I really didn't care for it). However, I do wish this novel had had more. What do I mean by that? 

Well he wanted revenge right? And yet, he lets one "rumor" about Catherine drop which means the potential suitor she had dropped her, but then he feels so bad he gives up on the whole scheme? I don't buy that. I would have liked to have seen him cause more trouble for her, to give some drama to their story. That way, when she realized that he had been the one behind things it would have given them something to talk about, something to work through, instead of just falling back into old patterns/feelings. 

That is another thing that needs to be mentioned, the entire story was about growing up, and moving on and realizing that one needed to not live in the past, but yet that is exactly what these two seemed to do. There was no real acknowledgement that they had changed and matured beyond the people they were three years prior. All we got was how much their present interactions reminded them of their PAST ones. 

I also wish the confrontation with her great-aunt would have ended differently. I would have liked to see 

***SPOILER ALERT***

Markus and Catherine actually fight to gain her great-aunts approval instead of 
just running off to Gretna Green. To me the fact that they were told 'no' and they ran off instead of trying to prove why they should be together felt like a cheap way to end the story and jump to the epilogue. 

***END SPOILER ALERT***

However, I adored being able to get a glimpse into their married life later on. Seeing them happy with their family was the happy ending that I wanted for them. I would read more from this author.

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                                                           The Redemption of Heathcliff  is available from Amazon.com

                                                                 




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