Monday, September 27, 2010

review: Jane by April Lindner

pub date: October 11, 2010
publishers: Poppy
pgs: 384 pgs
source: ARC from ALA
content: swearing (including f-bomb), sex

It's almost October! I love October. It's one of my favorite months of the whole year. What makes this October even better are some yummy books coming out that I'm so excited about! IOne of which is Jane. I was lucky enough to get an ARC at ALA in June. Loved it. 

blurb from goodreads:
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.

my take:Sound familiar? If you know Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, it should. This is an updated retelling of the classic. And from a huge fan of the original, Lindner did a wonderful reworking. I loved it. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish Jane's story even though I knew the basic plot and how it was going to end. It was just too delicious!

I thought it was very clever how Lindner modified Bronte's original story to work in today's world. Jane wasn't an orphan growing up, but she did feel very distant from her family. Her brother was cruel instead of her cousin. Nico's wild past was as a rock star. And though Jane doesn't forget her past when she meets the River family, her desire to keep it secret made sense. It all worked.

My one problem was the book was the ending. Jane and Nico are finally together again...and then it's over. So sad to turn the last page. I wanted a longer resolution!  

I read this book back in July, and I've had Jane cravings ever since. Every few weeks I'll want a fix so I just read a couple chapters here or there before moving on to something else. It adds so well into my Jane cannon, which includes the original book and 5 different movie versions (Toby Stephens is the best Rochester ever!). I really enjoyed this book!

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