Title: The Wildflowers
Author: Dorothy Koomson
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Romance
Dates read: 6th May 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
5th sentence, 74th page: This time my body remembers how to move and takes a step back and lets in the woman holding a very large knife.
She’s being taken at knifepoint by the love of her life’s mother. A series of flashbacks and ruminations will let her finally understand all that happened ten years ago. And what’s about to happen now with a modern day Heathcliff.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this short story. Most of the stories in this collection have been really interesting and engaging. But not the type of story that I would generally consider “enjoyable”. Which meant that I was incredibly surprised when I enjoyed this so much. There was just a level of sweetness and romance to it that the rest of the short stories in this collection quite frankly don’t have.
I love the idea of a past love that was left, for a variety of reasons in this case. But, the sweet revenge and poetic justice of the grandfather’s “Heathcliff” revenge worked brilliantly. The complete turn around and the way in which a really horrible family was forced to (maybe) attempt to become better people worked brilliantly. And now I’m kind of sad that it’s over.
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