Solsbury Hill: A Novel

Solsbury Hill: A Novel

by Susan M. Wyler
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Solsbury Hill: A Novel by Susan M. Wyler

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594632365
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,205,003
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Wyler lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Solsbury Hill: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
K_Fallon More than 1 year ago
Having made over 10 trips to Barnes and Noble this month alone, I decided to order a few books online. Solsbury Hill was the first novel I laid eyes on when the shipment arrived and I began reading that evening. My what a surprise this lovely novel is. I was instantly captivated by Susan's writing and how beautifully she entwined an age old classic with a modern and romantic love story. Many love stories I read in this day and age lose all sense of meaning, throwing caution to the wind and ending up in a happily ever after too good to be true. This book gave thought and purpose to the story and transported me to a place full of wonder and beauty. I cannot wait to discover more of her work and see the creativity and magic she brings to the world of writing. Books help enthrall the mind and captivate the heart. The rich prose of Solsbury Hill was what I would consider a modern day classic and a book I will treasure for some time. Although we may all have varied interests in the books that speak to us, any reader could find appreciation in the words so effortlessly strewn together. This is a book that transports you into the story, providing a variety of characters with which to find a kindred spirit. Read and reread this book when you need a bit of magic in your life.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Susan M Wyler has done a spectacular job incorporating the storyline of Wuthering Heights into this modern version. She brings back the Bronte sisters as ancestors of Eleanor Abbott on the windswept moors of England. So how does a modern 20 year old New Yorker with a brilliant new company that has finally started to get noticed end up in England at a house that resembles Wuthering Heights? Well, a call from her Aunt's friend telling her that her Aunt is dying and really wants to see her combined with a boyfriend she just caught with someone else----off she goes. She finds out that this house and all the land will be hers------whether she lives there or not. Of course if you remember Wuthering Heights you know she is going to meet another guy there. She is also going to learn some truths about her parents and her heritage. I can not give you much more without giving everything away-and what fun is that? I do suggest you read this book it is well worth the time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book with likable characters and a powerful sense of place.  It's an enchanting read, a lovely story about a young woman on an adventure toward knowing herself more deeply. Part of what she discovers about herself is integrally connected to the Yorkshire moors, Emily Bronte - and the private life that led her to write Wuthering Heights.  The writing is fluid is masterful. You pick it up, and the whole day has gone by, and you realize you couldn't put it down. It's not a complicated novel of ideas; it's a well-wrought tale of coming of age and learning to love oneself. I highly recommend it.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tale of adventure,  self-discovery, love and acceptance, very well-executed!  One wants to read it all in one sitting, curious to know what the main character, Eleanor chooses to do in the end.  Totally engaging and beautifully drawn characters, with the backdrop, a castle on the English moors.  Oh, and there are ghosts and surprise twists ,  and even a curse to sort out.  I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in this tale where reality meets something otherworldly in the most believable set of circumstances.  Kudos to Ms. Wyler for a most enjoyable novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan Wyler's first novel is a perfect read.  Set on the moors of Emily Bronte's  "Wuthering Heights", it's a full, rich, beautifully written, thought provoking contemporary tale about a young woman's search to find meaningful love, a sense of self and, ultimately, a possible connection to Emily herself.  Wyler's consistent attention to detail, her description of the terrain, and the precise way in which she develops her characters are flawless. She paints a colorful picture that flows effortlessly as if simply watching a movie that unfolds patiently and vividly in our minds. The story pushes the envelope of time and space but the surprises along the way make the story uniquely believable and compelling. This was never meant to be a sequel to "Wuthering Heights." It's an irresistible  journey set in both worlds and reading Wyler's "Solbury Hill" was well worth the trip. 
chinacat353 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.   I loved everything about Eleanor, a wunderkind, a jilted lover, on an adventure into the unknown that was moving and believable.   the writing was beautiful, the sense of character and place. I suggest readers not read reviews that reveal the story because it's gripping the way it subtly unfolds.  I was glad Wyler went light on the dark and gothic, this is a modern novel  about a modern young woman with no interest in the kind of dark twisted love of Catherine and Heathcliff. There are many surprises in the novel. It's a light, lovely read. I highly recommend it.