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Title: Stone Field
Author: Christy Lenzi
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Catrina finds a man making strange patterns in her family’s sorghum crop. He’s mad with fever, naked, and strikingly beautiful. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s done before Catrina found him in Stone Field. But that doesn’t bother Catrina because she doesn’t like thinking about the things she’s done before either.
Catrina and Stonefield fall passionately, dangerously, in love. All they want is to live with each other, in harmony with the land and away from Cat’s protective brother, the new fanatical preacher, and the neighbors who are scandalized by their relationship. But Stonefield can’t escape the truth about who he is, and the conflict tearing apart the country demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.
Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
Stone Field is so different from anything I’ve ever read! This Wuthering Heights retelling features a brave main character who goes against society. Even though I found the pacing of the book to be a bit off, the incredible writing overpowered that fact.
I absolutely adored the main character in Stone Field, Cat. She is daring and clever, two traits I like to see in a main character. Cat rebels against society and stereotypes by wearing pants, which is frowned upon in the society of the book. I was really glad to see an enjoyable character in the b0ok since the books I have been reading lately have really been lacking in that area.
While I did find this book to be enjoyable, the pacing in Stone Field was somewhat lacking. From the very beginning, the romance is developed. The characters fall immediately in love, which bothered me a little. The book was a mix of super fast-paced scenes, and other scenes that dragged on a bit. I was fine with the occasional slow scene, but if you aren’t a fan of instalove, this book may not be for you.
That being said, Stone Field is an extremely well-written novel. The characters and the scene are very developed, which I appreciated. Also, there are some pretty deep themes, like racism and war. Themes of racism in YA books is becoming a lot less common, so this really interested me. It is refreshing to read a more serious book every once in a while.
Stone Field is a historical novel with a brave main character who defies the rules of society. Though I found the pacing to be a bit off, the beautiful writing in the book made up for it. Fans of the historical genre will certainly appreciate this book!