Book Review

by Kate Walker

Genre: Series, Harlequin Presents Extra, Current Series Imprints, Previously Published Series Imprints

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THE RETURN OF THE STRANGER (2) by Kate Walker: Heath Montanha returns to the only home he knew as a penniless orphan with thoughts of taking revenge on all those who treated him badly. But all it takes is one look at his childhood friend, Katherine Charlton, to know that despite her betrayal, he still hungers for her. And he’ll wait until she willingly walks into his arms. The novel starts slowly, with more telling than showing, and although Walker incorporates emotionally charged flashbacks, they’re distracting and repetitive. But for readers who enjoy a brooding hero and a somber tone, this novel might appeal.

Reviewed By: Sabrina Madan

Publisher: HARLEQUIN

Published: October 2011

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4 Stars

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Submitted by Nancy Holroyd on October 26, 2011 - 10:00pm.

This is an amazing modern day adaptation of Wuthering Heights. It also represents a departure from a typical M&B Modern/Harlequin Presents format of telling the story through dialogue. Lots of dialogue and short bursts of description allow a lot of white space on the page. However crafting a story through narration and description creates larger blocks of text on the page. It's a different style of story telling and she does it in a brilliant manner.

Kate Walker has the ability to stay true to the somber, brooding tone of an old classic, but creates a heroine and hero the modern reader can relate to. I love her long, flowing paragraphs of narrative. She uses active voice to keep the reader right there in the action. My eyes raced over the paragraphs as she built tension. Even though I rarely read a Presents, I will recommend this book to everyone I know.