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Abide with Me

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  31 reviews
In this novel inspired by Wuthering Heights, a small town bad boy forged by the fires of Afghanistan returns home, still burning with a romantic obsession nothing can quench.

As the fog lifts one morning, a lone soldier is walking home. Who is he? The sleepy, gossipy tow of Hoosick Bridge, Vermont had forgotten him, but it will soon remember. He is Roy Murphy, returning to...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)
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"I've done no injustice, and I repent of nothing. I'm too happy, and yet I'm not happy enough. My soul's bliss kills my body, but does not satisfy itself."- Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights

Setting:Afghanistan and Hoosick Bridge, Vermont; 2004-2012

Coverly Love?:Not particularly. It just doesn't draw me in.

Plot:The little town of Hoosick Bridge, Vermont will never forget the love affair between trailer park trash Roy Murphy and the town's golden girl Emma Herrick. It was the most scandalous thing t...more
Karen Schwind
Abide with Me, Sabin Willett's fourth novel, tells the story of Roy Murphy, a boy from the Park--as in trailer--who falls in love with Emma Herrick, the beautiful daughter of an old-money family living in a mansion called the Heights in Hoosick Bridge, Vermont. After what Emma calls a summer interlude with Roy, she goes to Yale while he goes to Afghanistan. Much of the novel is told as back story moving between Roy, Emma and the townspeople who watch them come together, fall apart and come back...more
I loved this book. What girl doesn't love a bad boy in high school? (Or in later years, for that matter) He's the one that will tear at your heart strings' memory long after you've grown up.... and wondered "what if"
This book caught my eye the second I read that it is Sabin Willett's reinterpretation of Withering Heights, one of my top ten all time favorite books that I've ever read. And I watched the movie several times and it is weoll done.
Roy is a boy who grew up in the trailer park and Emm...more
I’m not really sure what I want to say about Abide with Me. Going in, I knew that it was a retelling of Wuthering Heights and that I was in for a tragic love story.

I knew the main character was a returning war veteran but I didn’t realize how much the war was going to play a part in this book. As a military brat I was fairly familiar with the military jargon and etc but certain details were a little bothersome since I currently have a family member deployed. I personally devoured this book but...more
Illyria Nightshade
There really should be an "attempted to read" category, when it comes to books like this. Touted as a modern-day retelling of Wuthering Heights I was intrigued to say the least, as Emily Bronte's classic masterpiece is still a personal favorite (both in book and several film versions). Roy Murphy (the equivalent of the beloved brooding Heathcliff) is nothing like his sensual 18th century counterpart. I didn't even read much into the story of Emma (the equivalent of Cathy) because, quite honestly...more
I recieved this as a first-reads giveaway. Thank you for the chance to read and review. I hate to give a not so great review to a gift but that's just how this one has to be.

This is a retelling of Wuthering Heights. Unlike the classic this one is hard to follow. The dialog in the begining is the worst. Very hard to understand and almost impossible to follow. We don't know whats going on at all for the first quarter of the book. Very choppy. Even the last few pages at the end leave you wondering...more
Sierra Ferrante
Roy Murphy and Emma Herrick had a forbidden love forged by a childhood friendship that blossomed into so much more. As teenagers the love was powerful and romantic and troubled - Roy came from the wrong side of town and Emma's family could never approve. When Emma goes off to college and Roy goes off to war, her parents heave a sigh of relief at the end to the romance, but to Roy his past romance is a light he holds onto. As they part, Emma hands Roy a chain with a good luck charm on it to keep...more
Overall Abide with Me by Sabin Willett was a nice change from the usual "romance" novel. Written by a man, it focuses on the young life of Roy Murphy, a dark, passionate, quiet young man who was born on "the wrong side of the tracks" but falls in love with the most beautiful, intelligent and prominent young woman in town. They first become friends in the summer of seventh grade; then later get together for a hot summer of romance and passion the year Emma Herrick graduates from high school and b...more
Mom Shaw
If you have read and like wuthering Heights you will like this book it is a tragic love story of love, pain, hurt and how if we are not careful in our fight to make everything right we make everything miserable for us and the people around us. there is no room in life for revenge, or turn back the clock. we have to move forward the best we can and see the good.
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Roy Murphy returns to his small town in Vermont after serving in Afghanistan. While he tries to build a new life he is unable to forget Emma, the girl he left behind. This is a story of obsession and class differences. I did not like the structure of the story --it jumped back and forth too much. I think the author was trying to build suspense by telling the story but details would be missing and then we would jump back in time to build background and then jump forward again. It was frustrating....more
Abide With Me is the tragic love story of Roy and Emma - Roy, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who's just come home from Afghanistan, and Emma, the girl who had it all, the beautiful star of Hoosick Bridge's first family. I loved this book, every single aspect of it - from the middle school forbidden romance, through a war laced with poetry, back home again, near and far, together and apart. I've seen this book touted as a modern-day Wuthering Heights, which I've never read. And now I'll...more
I picked this up because it looked like a good option, then realized that it is a modern take on Wuthering Heights. The gothic elements are pretty strong (almost overpowering), and as is true in most gothic literature, the force of the dark characters is nearly overwhelming. The good is too good, and the bad is too bad. But, the author adds both enough twists and suspense to make it very readable.

However, she overuses similes and metaphors so much it is oddly distracting. No really. It's weird....more
A fairly captivating and original story without dwelling too long on anything that would have become boring or unpleasant to read. Manages to portray a vet from Afghanistan, complete with illustrations of the time he served overseas, without turning into a war novel. I didn't realize this was a "reinterpretation of Wuthering Heights" until I read the back cover when I was about halfway done with it - I only wish I had read Wuthering Heights first (I hang my head in shame at never having read it,...more
I loved this book! Roy Murphy is a soldier serving in Afghanistan who returns home in pursuit of the girl he left behind. That one-line description in no way does the story justice! There is so much more to this story and it's characters. I found it to be full of suspense and intrigue, along with the romantic elements of a heartbreaking love story. I loved everything about this one, from beginning to end. Couldn't put it down! Highly recommend.
Jessica Mixon
Loved this book! I think the narration style was my favorite part. Although hard to follow at moments, I loved the language, the pace, the flashback within flashback within flashback, the flawed characters, everything. It almost felt like prose from a poem. Also, am I pulling at straws or did he name characters after the Brontë sisters and other authors from that time? Heartbreaking at times but great story. Loved it.
Brandy Mason
I really wish there was a "tried to read" option for books. That's where I would have filed this one. I just couldn't get into this book, and I really wanted to. The story just jumped around to much from the present, to the past, to other people's perspective. I just couldn't keep up.
i wasn't really feeling this book, maybe at some other time I will try to read it again but it was jumping around so much i was not enjoying it. I don't want to say this book is bad, just that it wasn't my style, at least not right now.
I didn't get the reference to Wuthering Heights until the end of the book... it read like a Nicholas Sparks novel yet I couldn't help getting caught up in the love story...would recommend it for that. Also the poetic references.
Sep 26, 2013 Jodi rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Just couldn't get into this book - it jumped all around and was hard to follow. Basically, bad boy falls in love with town sweetheart. Joins army, and make good. Dies before he can win back the girl. Sigh!
This book was very complicated! I was rooting for Roy the whole time.. that love and life would find him and he would get the peace he deserves... his hard work, fairness, perseverance, longing was endearing.
This is a dark romantic novel. Long after a summer romance between star-crossed lovers from divergent socio-economic classes, a soldier returning from Afghanistan is on a mission to prove his worth.
Joe Wilson
I loved it, especially the chapters set in remote Afghanistan. The plot kept me riveted and the ending was a surprise. I want to read more by this author
the flopping back and forth was confusing at times for me, I wanted so much to love this but meh it was taking me to long to get into it..
If you liked Wuthering Heights, you will like this book. It was a bittersweet story of young stubborn love and pride.
May 13, 2013 Anne added it
Shelves: unfinished
Started, but only read to page 20 or so before I put it down. Not connecting with the story or characters.
Really well-written. But I am afraid it's going to haunt me.
I really enjoyed this. Couldn't stop reading in the end.
Loved this book. Surprised by the ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Peter Sabin Willett, known as Sabin Willett, (born March 6, 1957) is an American lawyer and novelist, a partner with the Boston law firm Bingham McCutchen, previously called Bingham Dana. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts. His is perhaps best known as a defense lawyer for U.S. prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp, including Adil Abdulhakim.

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