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.

Book Review: Jane Airhead by Kay Woodward

Inspired by her obsession with The Book, Jane Eyre, 14 year old Charlotte is looking for a living breathing Mr Rochester. Worried that she’s been single far too long, she decides it’s her duty to find the perfect man for her lovely Mum (and of course the chance to wear a gorgeous but not too frilly bridesmaid dress would be a bonus).

So when the new French teacher Mr. Grant arrives at school, Charlotte decides immediately he’s the one. Convinced she has engineered the perfect match, Charlotte’s smugness is short lived, as Mr Grant seems to be the complete opposite of perfect! Can Charlotte stop her mum from making a huge mistake? And will her meddling mean she’s too busy to catch her own Mr. Rochester?

Charlotte is THE most adorable character; it’s hard to not fall in love with her. Full of the best intentions this romantic dreamer lets her imagination run riot, usually putting two and two together and coming up with five. I loved how she came to wild conclusions from almost nothing when it came to her Mum’s relationships, it reminds me of some of my own wild wonderings about my parents when I was (a lot!) younger.

I also really appreciated how Kay Woodward made Charlotte an unconventional heroine. A love of books probably isn’t something a young teen would automatically see as cool, but Charlotte manages to make it so. Her passion for Jane Eyre is contagious, and I can imagine many a girl being tempted to go and have a peek herself after reading Jane Airhead.

Jane Airhead is probably suited to the younger teen reader. I know I would have loved reading this when I was aged between 10-14. It’s sweet, funny and with just the right amount of romance to leave you with a big sigh. I’m sure if I’d read this book as a pre teen myself I’d have been inspired by Charlotte, she’s exactly the type of character I’d have aspired to be. It would also have had me dusting off my Mum’s ancient copy of Jane Eyre as soon as I’d finished the last page! I’m passing this on to a friends 12-year-old daughter who I just know will really enjoy it too!

Thanks to the publishers, Anderson Press for sending me this book for review.