Friday, April 11, 2014

Jane by April Lindner

by April Lindner

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Published: 2010
Publisher: Poppy
Genre: Bronte, Romance, YA
Hardback: 384 pages
Rating: 4.5

Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.

But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?

An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.


My two-bits:

This modern day retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was a good one! It stayed true to the original vibe and sequence of events.

The infamous Mr. Rochester (from original) was cast as rock-n-roll celebrity, Mr. Rathburn which played out just right for the story.

Jane was her Jane self.

What I found interesting to note in comparing the original with this version is that in the retelling I found Mr. Rathburn a bit creepy (at first) to be hitting on a 19 year old. However, I did not feel this way when reading about Mr. Rochester's pursuit of Jane in their time period.

I would love to see this version adapted to film. It would be so fun with the music element included.


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