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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.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
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Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Catrina." He breathes my name like a secret. I caught you.

"Stonefield." I run my hands over the hills and hollows of him, exploring the strange new land of his body. I let you.

i think a big part of my affection for this book is tied to my love of its source material; Wuthering Heights, and the fact that i have read a ton of retellings of Wuthering Heights, many badly done, but i always appreciate it when an author takes the basic WH framework and does something unexpected with it; in this case
Christy Lenzi
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
I love this book as if it were my own. (Disclaimer: it is my own. :))
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Stone Field reeled me in with its pitch: a retelling of Wuthering Heights set in the Civil War. The best and most redeeming quality of this book is the historical component, but sadly the romance and the main character tarnished the entire reading experience for me.

I longed to quit this book early on because of the onslaught of overkill emotions, cloying adoration, and noxious pheromone fumes suffocating me from the very start. This book screams insta-love and takes it a step further. Main chara
”When I die, I’d rather wake up here inside this world, become a part of it like the roots of the black walnut trees. Like the wild pawpaws and persimmons with their sweet smell as they rot in the ground, turning back into dirt, becoming something different, something new. I’d be the creek water that changes into mist and lingers in the hills, then rains on the fields, trickling down into the cracks where all the seeds hide. I don’t want to leave this world. I want to go deeper in it.”

Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it

Wuthering Heights has long been my favorite classic novel. I was forced to read it against my will in high school and ended up falling head-over-heels in love with Heathcliff and Cathy! I also happen to be a retelling junkie. So when I saw Stone Field on a Goodreads list several months ago, I knew I absolutely HAD to read it!

This YA retelling, set in America at the beginning of the Civil War, retains a lot of the same tone of the original. Cathy has been swapped out for Catrina and Heathclif
Carrie Beth
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think "Stone Field' just wasn't for me. I'm going to dive right in.

First, the instalove in this book is laughable. These two are in love with each other before they've ever really had a conversation. Blah.

-Catina and I are fundamentally different people. I get what Mrs. Lenzi was going for. Catina is a free spirit, in a time when women weren't allowed to be free spirits. She was artistic, unique, and not afraid to just be one with hers
Steve Wiggins
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I often read young adult fiction at the recommendation of friends and family. This is a fortunate circumstance because young adult fiction has come a long way since I’ve ceased to be in that age-class. In Stone Field, Christy Lenzi has retold the harrowing tale of Wuthering Heights set during the build-up to the American Civil War. By setting it in the ambiguous state of Missouri, the issue of race plays a significant role as Catrina Dickinson, perhaps through the Nightingale effect, falls in lo ...more

Christy Lenzi's debut novel Stone Field releases next March from Roaring Brook Press. It is a retelling of Emily Bronte's classic Wuthering Heights, one of my favourite books. Though I am always curious about retellings that curiosity is frequently spiked with caution, particularly when it comes to my favourites. That said, when I read the summary to this book a few months back I immediately grew excited. Wuthering Heights retold in middle America during the beginning of the Civil War? It sounde
Erin Arkin
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stone Field by Christy Lenzi was a book I had my eye on since I read the summary. Inspired by Wuthering Heights I was intrigued. Don’t hate on me but I have never actually read Wuthering Heights (seriously…stop judging me) so I can’t comment on the comparison but I can tell you that it explores the idea of revenge and hate as well as love and acceptance. While slow moving at times, I found myself pulled into this story and turning the pages just to see what would happen next.

I have to admit that
The NYC Talon
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hate giving a low rating, whenever I do (when I very rarely do) I feel world of discomfort (who am I kidding? I feel horrible about it, I am no Simon Cowell) - writing and storytelling is hard work, and to critique that is tough - but I'm afraid I didn't like this book at all. I love Wuthering Heights and have forever been drawn in by the characters of Cathy and Heathcliff, so I was beyond intrigued when I read the synopsis for Stone Field. Also, that cover, it's absolutely gorgeous!

The fir
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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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
Sarah Schantz
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an Advanced Review Copy of this book, and let me just say, it was such an honor and a privilege. The narrator has just the right amount of feisty intelligence to keep you turning the pages (or in my case, because the ARC was electronic, scrolling downward). A women's studies fanatic, I loved and appreciated the themes of this book, and was reminded of some of my very favorite nineteenth century literature such as the story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," or the thick Goth ...more
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Holy frickle frackle, this book is amazing. I have so many marked passages and I loved every second of it. Cat is the type of girl you root for because she goes through such a great transition from young adult to woman. It is one that I am fully supportive
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book: Stone Field by Christy Lenzi

Genre: Historical Fiction, Retelling

Publication date: Marach 29th, 2016

Pages: 300

My Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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 t
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the drama and the tension that escalated within this novel. Catrina wanted to be her own person while the world was pressing down on her to conform. Her brother, her friends and society was throwing out their opinions and judgments on her while she fought to stay strong and keep their notions at bay. She was feisty and she fought hard not to lean or give way to the views of others and I had to laugh as her actions and/or her words astonished a few people and left them shaking their head ...more
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
3.5 stars. I'm so conflicted. On one hand this was everything I wanted the book to be, as far as a Wuthering Heights retelling set in the Civil War South. On the other hand, it was stranger than I imagined, and upsetting, and only about half of Wuthering Heights' story.

I'm going to save a longer review or the blog because I have a lot to say. And I will say point blank that if you did not like Wuthering Heights, or don't think you'd like Wuthering Heights, you will NOT enjoy Stone Field. It foll
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
ARC received through NetGalley

I think this book just wasn't for me. Stone Field is a retelling of Wuthering Heights, a favorite of mine, but I was sadly disappointed by it.

The two biggest issues I had were the romance and the main character. Unfortunately, those are pretty key parts of any book, including this one. To start, the instalove in this book was completely unrealistic and unbelievable. The "romance" between Catrina and Stonefield was overdone, and I'm not sure if that was deliberate on
Kathy Martin
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This reimagining of Wuthering Heights stars Catrina Dickinson who is a young woman living in Missouri during the Civil War. She is dreamy, artistic, not interested in "womanly" things, and guilt-stricken over her role in her mother's death. When she finds a naked man in the families sorghum field, she brings him home. She takes one look at him and feels that he is her soul-mate. When he awakens from the fever that left him unconscious in the field, he has no memory of his past. She names him Sto ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Okay, so I will be to first to admit that historical fiction is not my go-to. But the synopsis of this looked really good. I absolutely adore epic love stories. And that's what this is, right?

I was wrong.

From the very beginning there is this huge insta-love thing going on with Cat and Stonefield. And it bugged the crap out of me. Where was the epic romance? I wanted to read about falling in love, not about obsessing over someone you literally just met. Halfway through the book and it's only been
Ashlynn Gustafson
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok

I spent 90% of this book pissed off. The other 10% I spent confused.

I loved LOVED the lyrical way Christy Lenzi writes, but as with Wuthering Heights, the relationship between Stonefield and Catrina was too much. The insta-love, though somewhat explained, is just not my thing.

The idea of this story is great, it really is. And like I said, I liked the writing, but the carryout of the actual plot drove me up a wall.

Also, spoiler alert here: (unless I'm just too dense) it's somewhat of an
Terri Robinette
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Cat, a free spirited and unusual woman for her time, meets Stonefield, an Indian boy and the love of her life. Their worlds collide and they live happily ever after. Wrong. The two misfits meet, fall instantly in love, fight against others who wish to keep them apart, and well, it only gets worse from there. Has all the signs of Wuthering Heights, Romeo and Juliet, any doomed romance. Odd little side stories as well. The relationship between Henry and Effie. Effie doctoring. Henry marrying the n ...more
DNF at page 105

I really want to love this book because the summary sounded amazing. But-I can't read anymore. The telepathy, immediate insta was too much. If there's going to be a paranormal element I need some explanation. If a couple are instantly attracted and feel deep things I need to believe it. I was interested in the time period the novel takes place during but I was having trouble with everything else. The telepathy poetry being recited went too far for me.
Anna Hackbarth
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had one of those books you couldn't put down? This was definitely one of those books! I started it and didn't stop until the story had swelled to it's dramatic and wonderful finish. This book is a MUST read......for everyone. ...more
Chayse Sundt
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF- Just could not get into this book.
Amanda B
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-in-2016
I am not a Wuthering Heights fan (except for the Kate Bush song). If I were, this would be five stars for me! The writing drips with gorgeousness.
I was a little bit torn in rating this one, but then I thought back on the book and all the times it made me feel things for the characters (mainly wanting to beat them soundly around the head and shoulders with various objects). That was really the only strong feeling that kept cropping up for different characters. Just an urge for violence. Or at least the urge to sit them all down and give them a good talking to about what the hell they're doing wrong.

I think I'm going to go with 3.5 stars ma
Whitney- Lifestyle of a Blessed Bookworm
This book was achingly beautiful... The words had a way of dancing around, capturing my attention, and making me want to catch them and place them in a jar for later. It was poetic and lyrical and oh so romantic.

Why not five stars then?
Well, the concept and plot was odd. While I LOVED the ending, I found myself lacking interest during the crazy preacher parts. It came off as a bit confusing and a tad overwhelming... Luckily though, those parts were short enough that the overall feel wasn't wrec
Asheley T.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
I became enamored with the cover of Stone Field by Christy Lenzi as soon as I received it in the mail for review because it truly is one of the more stunning covers I've seen in a while. But it wasn't only the outside of this book that had my heart all aflutter. The description of a book...inspired by Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights...set on a farm during the Civil War? Just the sound of it made me feel gleeful. I absolutely love historical fiction, especially when it is set during the Civil Wa ...more
ash lloyd spanton
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Yes. I read another retelling of Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. What of it? I know there are a lot of feelings towards Wuthering Heights, but it is my favourite book and instead of reading it over and over again, I will devour the story in any form at every opportunity. So of course, when Stone Field by Christy Lenzi came across my radar, I requested an ARC immediately. I loved the cover, I loved the title, and chances are I was going to love the book.

I don’t
Jessica Brooks
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars*

Less than a year ago, Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States, and Mother left the land of the living.

Stone Field begins with Cat and her older brother, Henry. After their mother’s death, Henry has taken it upon himself to not only tell Cat what she needs to do with herself to be “right” (something he didn’t seem to care about until their mother died); but to also find a way to fix the ongoing issue with the Union and the Confederates. (Oh, and take care of both his fa
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