Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is considered a classic. Set in 1801, the story is told by a servant girl named Nelly, who worked in the manor of Wuthering Heights. The story tells the tragic love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. Heathcliff an orphaned boy who comes to live with the Earnshaws. The children of the Earnshaw’s are cruel and destest the dark-skinned Heathcliff. However overtime, a friendship grows between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Through status, circumstances and the cruelty of Hindley, Catherine’s older brother Heathcliff and Catherine grow apart. At least on Catherine’s end. Heathcliff spends the rest of his life inflicting revenge on Hindley’s and Catherine’s family.
In April Linder’s book Catherine, it captures the same tragic love loss and longing as Wuthering Heights, just in modern times. The tragic Heathcliff is replaced with Hence, a struggling musician named Hence. Hence is mysterious, that has intrigued Catherine. The setting isn’t in a manor that sits on a cliff, but it is a Manhatten club called The Underground. The story is told in the voice of Catherine’s daughter Chelsea who believes her mother died of a sudden illness until she finds a letter that sets her off to find the The Underground and propels her into her mother’s tragic love story.
Bottom Line: If you are a romantic at heart Wuthering Heights and Catherine will definitely do the trick. However if you are a history buff, and a lover of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights is for you. You need a modern dose; Catherine will keep you turning the page.