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JANE by April lindner

Friday, July 27, 2012
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.

Review: Jane by April Lindner is a fantastic re-telling of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. I am a huge fan of the classics anything from Pride and Prejudice to Wuthering Heights, so I was thrilled to see that Lindner wrote a contemporary version of Jane Eyre. Jane is the same plain and serious orphan who's thrust into trying to find work in order to go to school, after the death of her two parents. I really enjoyed the authors creativity within this story. I loved that Nico was this handsome, arrogant and stubborn rock star idol. The contrast between him and Jane was fun and exciting. I really enjoyed the overall story and I really felt that Lindner did a fantastic job bringing to life this story. Jane Eyre is not an easy story to set in a contemporary setting, but I really felt that the author stayed true to Bronte's vision of who Jane is. The changes within the story were perfect. It took away the predictability of the story and really gave Lindner's version its own voice. I think my only complaint would be in a way I felt that Jane was a little too plain. So much so that it felt like the romance between her and Nico was dimmed. If not for the fact that I've already read Jane Eyre, I think I would've been a little disappointed at how cold Jane came off towards the middle of the book. Overall, I think this is a fantastic re-telling of Jane's story and I would highly recommend it to readers! If you loved the classic novel than you'll love this one.

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