Book Review: Wuthering Hearts by Kay Woodward

Passion, the Yorkshire moors, a wild and handsome stranger . . . sound familiar?

When Robert arrives in town with his dark good looks and mysterious background, Emily has a huge crush! It’s almost enough to take her mind off this year’s school play . . . miserable, wailing Wuthering Heights.

But Robert is no prince, with his black moods and fierce temper. The beautiful untamed moors would be the perfect backdrop to their fiery romance, if only Emily could work it out.

On stage or off stage, will Emily ever be the Cathy to his Heathcliff? (from

Could a book be any cuter than Kay Woodward’s Wuthering Hearts? I doubt it very much. This is the second book I’ve read from this author and once again I was left with a huge smile and warm fuzzy feeling inside by the end.

Like Jane Airhead before it, Wuthering Hearts takes a well known classic and makes it interesting, something you’d want to read. I can see many young people checking out the Brontës after reading these books. Wuthering Hearts isn’t a retelling, but features as the school play and focus of the whole story.

Kay Woodward has a unique style of humour and wit to her writing, with some genuinely laugh out loud moments. She also captures early teenhood perfectly, with all it’s worries and anxieties. Emily is such a lovely character: kind, fun with a tendency to say the wrong thing at the wrong time now and then. She’s such a relatable character, so normal and someone you’d really want to be friends with at school. I really liked the budding romance in this book between Emily and the mood swinging Robert, who definitely got my sympathy when the reason for his grumpiness was revealed. It’s sweet and tender, completely appropriate for pre-early teen readers who I know will adore this book.

Wuthering Hearts is a feel good, heart warming, gentle romcom and I loved it. I’d recommend this book for readers age 10-14 who will find Emily extremely relatable, the writing funny and the romance adorable. Or for those young at heart, who remember their first crush and the awkwardness which comes with a budding romance, and want a book that will leave them with a huge smile on their face.

Published by Anderson Press June 2011
Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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