Why did I love this book?
I read this novel in high school and it left an impression on my young mind, both as a reader and a writer. The main character, Eustacia Vye, longs for true love in her isolated world out on the blustery Egdon Heath. She has her eye on Clym Yeobright, who is set to return from Paris. But this wonderful gothic romance has other things in store for her, because Clym’s dreams are far different than her own. I recall lounging on my parent’s lazy boy in the den, reading about the Guy Fawkes festival, feeling the cold winds on the heath, smelling the damp brown and red leaves, and imagining indistinguishable, mysterious figures slowly emerging from the fog banks. This book breathes the season.