Genre: Classics Retold / Paranormal
First Impression: Another version of Jane Eyre, can’t wait to read.
Synopsis: Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…
Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…
200 words (or less) review: Having just finished rereading Jane by April Lindner (review here) I was antsy to get started on this as soon as it arrived.
The concept is really clever, without falling into the trap of being cheesy (although Emma takes accident prone to a new level) and Eve Marie Mont manages to blend present day with Jane Eyre’s world well. The dialogue while Emma is “trapped” and Thornfield Hall isn’t at odds with her world at Lockwood.
What I liked in particular is the way Emma’s present day dilemma mirrors the story of Jane Eyre, forcing Emma to rethink her opinions about Mr Rochester, Jane and Bertha. Eve Marie Mont does not stick to the original while Emma is at Thornfield and Emma does something Jane would never – she goes to the attic.
It’s a brave move and I can appreciate the innovation but, for me, it didn’t work. Maybe I’m too attached to Jane Eyre but Emma’s and Bertha’s story didn’t grab me. That said the present day story is really riveting and I was hard-pressed to part with the book until I finished it.