Wednesday, December 5, 2012

While You Wait (2): Catherine by April Lindner

I hope you guys are excited, because it's time for my second ever While You Wait post!  I have to say that I haven't read any books by the author I'm featuring today, but she's someone who's work I cannot wait to check out.  I'm guessing a lot of you are looking forward to this 2013 release as well.

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 by April Lindner
Release date: January 2, 2013 

Sounds intriguing to me.  I'm always a fan of retellings of classics.  So what should you read while you wait on this one?  An obvious choice here would be to read Wuthering Heights before starting this one.

Personally, I haven't read this one, even though it's been on my TBR pile for a while.  I'd love to get to it before Catherine releases. 

Jane is a retelling of you--you guessed it--Jane Eyre.  In this case, Jane is working at the estate of Nico Rathburn (a.k.a Mr. Rochester), who is apparently quite the rock star.  This is another title that's waiting on my TBR.

I admit, I haven't read Jane Eyre since high school, but I really enjoyed it at the time. I think it'd be a great way to get ready to read Lindner's retellings.

Charlotte and Emily is a novel about the Bronte sisters and includes the third sister, Anne. Allison at The Allure of Books recently featured this one on her blog, and I hadn't heard of until then.  I suspect that for anyone who just can't enough of the Brontes, this book will be an enjoyable read.

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a 2012 release that retells Jane Austen's Persuasion in a sci-fi setting.  Personally, I tend to think of novels by the Bronte sisters as being sad, although some do have their happy moments.  If you love Jane Eyre but also read fantasy, the mixture of heartache and magic in For Darkness Shows the Stars will appeal to you.

Tighter by Adele Griffin is a ghost story that's based off of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.  Aside from that?  This is another novel that I don't know much about, as it's waiting on my TBR.  That said, Bronte novels can err on the spooky side, and with this one being another retelling of a classic, I can see where it might appeal to Catherine's audience.

There you have it--a few books I think will keep you occupied while you wait on Catherine.  What do you guys think of this list? Are there any titles that you would add?


  1. I seriously love these posts, it is SUCH a good idea!

    Yay for Charlotte & Emily, I am still not over how much I *love* that cover.

    Jane is a really good retelling - I bet you'll like it a lot. Also, with Jane Eyre, you've reminded me how much I'm lusting over that series of classics with those kick ass awesome book covers.

  2. I hated WH but I'm really excited for Catherine after enjoying Lindner's Jane so much-maybe she'll get me to reassess my opinion of WH.



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