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Catherine by April Lindner Book Review

Catherine
A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.
Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.
Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.



Catherine was an amazing take on Wuthering Heights. Each page sucked me in and both the modern and older stories intertwined together were a great addition to the story.

The book switches povs between Chelsea, Catherine’s daughter, and Catherine herself. Catherine is the daughter of the owner of a humongous underground club. When a guy, Hence, comes to work there, they slowly fall in love. Catherine and Hence’s love for one another was so intense and interesting. I was hoping they would get a happy ending. So many years later, Chelsea is trying to figure out the truth behind her disappearance. She comes to the Underground, and gets help from a sweet guy, Cooper, and also finds Hence himself there. 

I really liked both Catherine and Chelsea. They were both really headstrong, brave, and determined people. They wouldn’t let anything stand in their way. Catherine’s relationship with Hence was seriously one of the most interesting thing to read about ever. Several obstacles were trying to tear them apart along the way and the interwoven mystery made the story even more interesting.

The setting was also really cool, with it being the music scene in the 80s and present . It switched eras and it was still easy for me to read about both times. Several little things, including a direct reference to Wuthering Heights, were a great addition to the book.

The ending was so amazing! The reason behind Catherine’s disappearance was shocking to me, and I never suspected it. I was crying at a few different parts that helped show the extent of how much Hence still loved Catherine at the end, over all this time. I was so sad after reading this book, but at the same time, Chelsea’s story helped show her looking towards the future. I was happy for her.

Overall, Catherine is a book I’d highly recommend. It plays out like a fantastic drama and it just was so good! :) I’d give it 41/2 out of 5 flowers. 



20 comments:

  1. This definitely sounds like an interesting read. I've never read that is based on Wuthering Heights.

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  2. Even though this sounds really interesting I'm not sure it's for me. I don't like things that are too much based on classics. Well they always turn out badly. Still I'm glad you enjoyed and maybe one day I'll have courage to read it :)

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    1. Some classics definitely do turn out badly..If you decide to give it a shot, I hope you enjoy it :)

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  3. I love Wuthering Heights and this book sounds really interesting. I hadn't heard of it before so thank you for your insightful review :)

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  4. Great! I liked her other book, but I wasn't blown away by the setting. This sounds already much better and more fitting to the original story. The whole mystery is a nice aspect.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. I also liked Jane, but I only gave it 3 flowers. Also, the setting was very fitting :)

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  5. Music scenes in the 80s? That sounds lovely :) I'll have to add this to my read-list. Thanks a lot!

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  6. Am I the only one who still haven't read Wuthering Heights?! lol This book has really caught my interest :) It sounds amazing! And awesome review, now i really want to read it.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  7. This sounds soo good! I can't believe I've never heard of it. Definitely adding to my TBR list! I actually haven't read Wuthering Heights either, but I plan to right before I pick this one up...or maybe even sooner than that. I can't wait to meet the characters and see how the plot turns out. Glad you really enjoyed this! Fantastic review, Montana! :)

    ~ Maida <3

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    1. Thank you, the characters were all great. I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  8. Sounds good. I loved Lindner's take on Jane Eyre, so we'll see what happens!

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  9. I just heard about this book, and I really loved Lindner's JANE. I will definitely get this book. I am deciding whether to read WUTHERING HEIGHTS first; somehow I never read it. I have to work more classics into my reading.

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    1. I thought Catherine was even better than Jane :)

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  10. I guess I'll have to read both Wuthering Heights and this one, they both sound great! I am glad you enjoyed pretty much everything about this book. Great review :)

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  11. I loved Catherine and I agree with you about everything. My heart was broken at the end but I also was happy for Chelsea. I was torn apart. April Lindner is such a great author. Great review!

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