Book 2 in The Lady Janies
Published in 2018
4 out of 5 stars
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)
Or does she?
Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
This was such a fun read! I loved the authors’ previous book, My Lady Jane, and I had been looking forward to this one immensely! I felt like it would be a fun, and frivolous read and I definitely wasn’t wrong! Initially, I wasn’t sure what I’d think of the re-imagining, Jane Eyre being one of my favourite books of all time, but once I immersed myself in the story, I loved every moment!
The premise was a lot of fun, I mean, Jane Eyre, a seer? And her creator in real life, Charlotte Bronte, a character in this book too? I loved that concept so much, and I loved more so that Charlotte and Jane were such close friends! Seeing them interact was just fabulous and I love how the book was told in both their points of view, along with Alexander. He was such a sweetie! I felt like my heart was with him a lot, I mean, he lost his father at a young age and had always wanted answers, I mean, who wouldn’t? Alexander’s growing friendship with Charlotte was utterly precious and endearing, as was ghostly Helen! She was such a sweetie and I had a feeling I knew what might happen with her character and was quite saddened by the end! These characters have all been so memorable, I feel like I could just read infinite books about them! And I love how Branwell got some page time too, having just recently come out of reading The Brontes: A Life in Letters, I felt like I knew the Bronte family on such a familiar level, so it was great to jump in to this frivolous read where they all just leapt off the page so well, I couldn’t get enough!
You might ask, ‘it sounds like you really loved this, so why only four stars?’
Let me tell you, dear reader….
The aspects of the Jane Eyre story itself being woven in, you know, this being a Jane Eyre reimagining, just didn’t do it for me completely. I mean sure, I loved the angst between Mr Rochester and Jane, and initially I thought it would traditionally follow the classic tale, but things started to spin more into chaos, ghosts were inhabiting people’s bodies and I kind of found myself getting lost in all the accusations, Did Mr Rochester kill Alexander’s father as initially thought?
Well reader, you’ll have to pick up the book and find out!
All in all, a refreshing and humorous spin on such a classic tale and it was the reimagining of these characters that really shone for me! Can’t wait to see what The Lady Janies think up next!