Jane by April Lindner

click meHow did I get the book? Birthday present.

Genre: Classics Retold

First Impression: Fascinating.

Synopsis: 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.

200 words (or less) review:  I really love the story of Jane Eyre, it’s heart-breaking, dark and mysterious.

Reading a story where you know what will happen is bound to take some of the magic out of the experience but I didn’t feel like this with Jane. April Lindner has succeeded in making the characters and plot fresh and engaging. I knew what was supposed to come but I didn’t at the same time.

The writing pulls you in, I didn’t put this down until I turned the last page, and Jane is really well thought out. Her character isn’t out of place in the modern setting and Mr Rochester (Nico Rathburn) as a rock star works really well.

Having read it for a second time this month the book has lost none of the magic, in fact it seems even better this time round.

I definitely want to read more by April Lindner but as her next book, Catherine, is a retelling of Wuthering Heights I’m hedging. I really didn’t like the original so that will be an interesting experiment.

Recommend it?

Yes, plus Sunshine Star.

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