Monday, 3 October 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #180
The Return of the Stranger - Kate Walker
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"Standing high on the windswept moors, the lone figure of Heath Montanha vows vengeance on the woman who destroyed the last fragments of his heart...
Lady Katherine Charlton has never forgotten the stablehand with dangerous fists and a troubled heart from her childhood. Now the rebel is back, his powerful anger concealed under a polished and commanding veneer.
When ten years of scandal and secrets are unleashed, with a passionate, furious kiss, Heath's deepest, darkest wish crystallises...
Revenge - and Kathy - will be his!"
The wonderful Kate Walker sent me this book, so first I want to say a huge thank you to her. I have been looking forward to reading this book, I was intrigued as to how Kate Walker would interpret 'Wuthering Heights' in a romance...
After 10 years away, the hero Heath is back in the place he once called home. He has never forgiven or forgotten the way he was treated by the people he once trusted, and has come back to seek revenge. The heroine Kat is both shocked and pleased to see Heath again, but she is surprised by the changes in him. She has also changed dramatically in the 10 years since Heath walked out; she has survived a disasterous marriage and is now widowed but left dealing with the mess her husband left. What she doesn't know is that Heath holds her life in his hands, he is now owner of her husbands estate as well as her brother's farm. Heath had always wanted Kat, but back them she had been too young and vulnerable for him to do anything about it. Now he realises he can finally get what he wanted all those years ago and have Kat come to him. While it's clear that Kat is drawn to Heath, it also becomes clear that Kat is innocent of a lot of the past wrong doings her thought she had done. Nevertheless, he continues with his plan for revenge.
Wow, this one intense book. In her 'Dear Reader' letter, Kate Walker mentions how she wanted her 'Heathcliff' and 'Cathy' to learn about love and have their happy ending that they could never have had in 'Wuthering Heights', she has certainly acheived that. The journey that Heath and Kat go on together is spectacular, making that HEA even more special!
This book does not have a lot of dialogue (just so you know!), it's more brooding, backward reflecting, and dark - as it should be, after all this is a rework of a VERY deep and intense book. I think Kate Walker has done a fantastic job of keeping this book flowing even with all the reflection/flashbacks. The passion and chemistry between the hero and heroine it litteraly sizzling, always bubbling away under the surface and when it explodes, boy does it explode!
The whole book is gripping and passionate from start to finish. A great read.