Friday, October 19, 2012

Book Spotlight: Catherine by April Lindner

One of my all time favorite books is Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. I'm a sucker for anything based on this book that was such a big influence on me, as well as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The romance genre wouldn't be what it is today (and in some instances the young adult genre. Stephenie Meyer has said that Wuthering Heights influenced her to write Twilight.) if not for these two books.

I read April Lindner's modern retelling of Jane Eyre with Jane that came out last year. Now she takes on Wuthering Heights with Catherine, releasing from Poppy on January 2nd. This has another rock star slant to it like Jane regarding and a man named Hence, a musician Catherine falls for, as well as her daughter Chelsea unraveling the mystery concerning Catherine.

Synopsis: 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