Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Review: Jane by April Lindner

My edition: Hardcover, published in 2010 by Poppy, 373 pages.

Description: 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, an iconic 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 tested by a torturous secret from his past. Part irresistible romance and part darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers

Review:

I started out really enjoying this book then somewhere in the middle I went "WTF!" because the marriage proposal seemed to come out of the blue and pretty much the whole love story that followed was condensed into a single chapter. Thankfully the rest of the novel wasn't as rushed and the characters actually had time to develop and the story to progress before the inevitable romantic conclusion had a chance to come more realistically.

As I have not read Jane Eyre yet (I know, shame on me!) I cannot compare this new adaptation to the original nor give a well thought out opinion on how the modernization possibly ruined the classic and could in no way do it justice, but I am now intrigued by the story and will check the book by Charlotte Brontë out in the near future. So if anything, Jane got me interested in reading the much loved classic.

8/10

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