So Nelly Dean by Alison Case took me a little longer to read and review as I’ve been a bit busy this week. Sorry it took so long! Here’s what I think of the book.
Nelly Dean has been young Hindley Earnshaw’s closest companion for as long as she can remember, living at the great house, Wuthering Heights. But when the benevolence of Hindley’s father brings an untameable orphan boy into the house, Nelly must follow in her mother’s footsteps, and give up her freedom to serve the family.
Then a new heir is born and a reign of violence begins that will test Nelly’s spirit, and show her what it is to know true sacrifice…
I would like to start off by mentioning the obvious; this is a different take on the classic, Wuthering Heights.
The book starts as a letter addressed to Mr Lockwood, and while you get into the novel more and more, Nelly brings us back to the fact that she is still writing to her letter’s receiver. I find that quite satisfying, and it makes me feel as if I’m sitting by the fireplace myself, reading a letter from an old friend and getting lost in her world.
I like the way the story was told and how Nelly Dean’s character was portrayed. I think as I’ve read Wuthering Heights before it was nice to get an insight from another trusted source from within the story. It made me feel like I was getting to know the characters and the stories even better.
I wouldn’t say the story was gripping and had me on the edge of my seat, but rather pleasantly paced and interesting enough to keep me intrigued and continue reading. I would say this is a good book to have by your bedside table to keep you entertained before you go to sleep or you could even curl up with it on the couch with a hot cup of tea on a autumn or wintery day.
I found Nelly Dean to be beautifully written, and easy to get hooked on. I would recommend this book for those who would like to read Wuthering Heights, but find reading the classics a bit difficult. It’s not an exact retelling of the tale, but a different perspective from a servant’s point of view. I recommend this as it is easier to read, especially if you’re used to reading YA fiction or similar.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.