Monday, September 3, 2012

Wuthering Nights by Summer Day


Title:   Wuthering Nights
Author:   Summer Day
Publication Date:   May 29, 2012

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When Heath and Kate meet as children they form a bond that lasts forever. In this magical, modern retelling of a classic novel, Wuthering Heights, Heath and Kate grow up in an unusual family. As teenagers, they discover dark secrets, immortality and everlasting love. By the author of Pride & Princesses, Wuthering Nights is inspired by the classic, gothic novel Wuthering Heights.


I will need to preface this review with a confession: I have never read Wuthering Heights - only the cliff notes *gasp*. So, some of the parallels between Wuthering Nights and Wuthering Heights were probably lost on me, and I can’t comment on it being a modern day retelling. However, I know an enjoyable read when I read one, and this book did not fail to capture my attention. I am lucky enough to have all three of this author’s novels, but it was this paragraph from an excerpt on the author's blog that had me scrambling to read Wuthering Nights first:


From the journal of Greta Gardner, February 1978

The boy arrived at night, wrapped in a blanket. He was carried by his adopted father who placed him on the kitchen floor next to me. His big blue eyes stared out from under his wild black hair. He shrank from the fire, he shrank from my touch, yet his skin was cold as ice…

He arrived with a list of instructions tucked into the pocket of his jacket.

Eats - mostly chicken and oranges (likes: roast chicken, blood oranges and plums).

Drinks - mostly water and citrus juice. 

First warning - do not let him go in the sun often as he burns easily.

Second warning - make sure he wears his necklace amulet (a parting gift from his biological mother). He screams if you take it.

Final Warning - do not let him go out at night alone.

As a small boy (just walking) he had a tendency to wander off, and many times staff at the orphanage were unable to find the little fellow for hours. Once, he was found hanging upside down from the roof of the school gymnasium, like a bat. The only giveaway was the drip drip drip of juice as he stuffed his baby face with blood oranges. 

His file was then stamped: Special Needs.
I found that so intriguing! Little Heath captured my heart, and, while his story was sad, it was also hopeful, thanks to Kate. Kate and Heath. Their relationship was not without its turmoil or teenage angst, but it was such a beautiful and slow-blossoming romance. I love that we follow these characters from childhood into adulthood, and I was smitten with the devotion they felt for each other.

While I may not have read Wuthering Heights, I do enjoy several of the classics, and I found Summer Day’s writing and the dialogue of the characters to be spot on. I felt as though I were actually in an English manor watching these scenes unfold. The Hampstead setting was truly beautiful and the author’s vivid details were one of my favorite parts of the story. I enjoyed the addition of vampire lore that makes this a ‘gothic retelling.’ For me, this was a true take on the old vampire stories I loved growing up.

Wuthering Nights is a romantic, but heartbreaking tale with an ending that I loved. I look forward to reading more of Summer Day’s works.
Summer is the author of three young adult novels inspired by the classics.  She has graciously posted the first chapters of all three of her novels on her blog.

And what’s even better than a giveaway?  FREE books for everyone!

Starting today (September 3) you can get Pride & Princesses free.  Just click the cover to be taken to Amazon.

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Be sure and grab your copies while these amazing deals last!

Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of Wuthering Nights in exchange for my honest review.



  1. Don't feel bad, I haven't read Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, I tried them both in junior high and just did not get into them. I guess I should retry. No, wait, I think I finished Wuthering but didn't really get into it. Anyway this sounds like fun and who can say no to frrebies? I downloaded my copy! Thanks girl!

    1. I'm glad it's not just me! Yayyy for free reads! Thanks, Heidi!

  2. I have a copy of Wuthering Heights, but I haven't read it yet! And probably never will... ;) This book sounds interesting though. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Brilliant review. :)

    1. It really was! Thanks so much, Sam! <3

  3. I loved Wuthering Heights and appreciated your review, since you couldn't really draw parallels and thus it is with fresh eyes. This sounds like beautiful tale and i will add it to my list. So glad you have that goodreads button ;)

    1. I'm so glad you love Wuthering Heights! I fully intend to read it one of these days! Thank you, Kimba (and yeah, those gr buttons are so handy!) :D

  4. I haven't read WH, but girl I can get behind some blood oranges!! Those things are DELICIOUS. This one also sounds intriguing having just finished Clockwork Prince...can't get enough of that Victorian era!! Great review!! xo

    1. When I read this, it made me so hungry for blood oranges, but I don't think I have ever even had one! This book is modern day, but a great read! Thanks, darling! xoxoxo

  5. Thanks so much for posting about Summer Day's other books. I read Anne Eyre recently and enjoyed it (I am a big fan of Jane Eyre). I just went and got Pride and Princesses for free! Yeah! Your review of Wuthering Nights makes me want to read it. You are the best! :)

    1. Awwww, thanks so much, Stephanie!! I'm looking forward to reading Anne Eyre and am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! YOU are the best! :D

  6. I've read Wuthering Heights, but unlike most classics, I abhorred it with a passion. Is Heathcliff a vampire or something?

    I LOVED Pride and Prejudice, on the other hand, so I totally downloaded a copy of that. Thanks! :)

    1. Hahaha! It seems to be an either love it or hate it type book, which just makes me want to read it more to see which side I land on! Hopefully I will enjoy it since I enjoyed WN. Well, I don't want to spoil anything ;)

      I loved Pride and Prejudice, too! Can't wait to read Prince & Princesses!

      Thanks for stopping by, Ana!

  7. Sweet! Free book! lol

    I read Wuthering Heights soooo long ago, that I honestly don't even remember the story. So it'll be lost on me too. Oh well :)

    1. Right? Can't get any sweeter than that!


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