Title: Abide With Me
Author: Sabin Willett
Genre/Audience: Contemporary fiction, adult
Publication: Simon and Schuster, 2013
Source: For review
Review by Kim
Summary: As the fog lifts one morning, a lone soldier is walking home. The sleepy, gossipy town of Hoosick Bridge, Vermont, has forgotten him, but it will soon remember. He is Roy Murphy, returning to face his violent, complicated reputation. Returning to Emma Herrick, descendant of the Hoosick Bridge’s first family, who occupies its grandest, now decaying house; the Heights. Their intense and unlikely adolescent romance provided scandalous gossip for the town. The young lovers escaped Hoosick Bridge, but Emma remained Roy’s obsession long after they parted. Now Roy returns from Afghanistan a changed and extraordinary young man who will stop at nothing to obtain a piece of the Herricks’ legacy.
My Thoughts: This book is being promoted as a modern day retelling of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, which I have not read. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of the classics, with the exception of Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, having been forced to read them throughout my high school and college years. I never understood why English teachers pick such horribly boring books for students to read, when there’s so much awesome writing out that would turn kids into lifelong readers instead of making them hate it. That’s my rant, but back to the topic at hand. Abide with Me is a dark love story, where Emma has moved on, but Roy is still stuck in the past, trying desperately to get back to a part of his life where he was happy. I found the character of Roy to be very sympathetic and was rooting for him to get his happy ending, but other than Emma’s beauty, I didn’t really get his obsession with her – she seemed pretty cold to me. The story alternates between what is going on in the present and the past events, which led the characters to where they are now. I did like Abide with Me, although it is pretty gloomy. All in all, a good read with an interesting story line.
My Rating: 4/5