Solsbury Hill: A Novel (Paperback)
I'm a huge fan of the classics (I even run the classics book club) so when I spotted this novel that had ties to one of my favorites, Wuthering Heights, I knew it was for me. Wyler does not disappoint. I loved this dark but quirky romance. It's not an exact retelling but has elements from the novel woven into a modern story. And it certainly had me picking up my Bronte when I was done! (Katelyn)— From Katelyn
"Susan Wyler's contemporary take on a classic love story is utterly beguiling. Solsbury Hill is a gorgeously well-written tale of a fraught love affair that takes you from New York to the wild gothic setting of the Yorkshire moors."—Fiona Neill, author of Slummy Mummy and What the Nanny Saw
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.
About the Author
Susan Wyler lives in Los Angeles, California.
"Eleanor Abbot, an up-and-coming New York fashion designer, finds her comfortable life suddenly upended following news that her English aunt is dying and wishes to see her. Before she can make her flight, Eleanor first catches her childhood sweetheart cheating. It is thus with a confused and heavy heart that Eleanor finds herself on the windswept moors of Yorkshire in the very house and on the grounds that inspired the classic novel Wuthering Heights. With her aunt’s death, Eleanor must come to terms with a surprise inheritance, family secrets, the intriguing ghost of Emily Brontë herself, and an even more intriguing man. . . . [An] enjoyable read."—Library Journal
"[An] oddly beguiling love story."—Kirkus
"Grand love affairs and friendly ghosts inhabit Wyler’s ambitious, Gothic-tinged debut. . . . The Yorkshire setting is vividly drawn and its inhabitants satisfyingly complex."—Publishers Weekly
"A mix of ghost story and the history of Emily Bronte, adds another dimension to this modern romance and keeps the reader interested. Written in a literary style which manages to be extremely readable, Susan M. Wyler's book Solsbury Hill is enthralling and will please anyone."—Fresh Fiction Reviews