Friday, March 25, 2011

Jane by April Lindner

"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?"

I was excited that someone finally decided to tackle my favorite romantic classic--Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. I absolutely loved this book literally from its gorgeous front cover (don't you love that pop of pink?) to cover. Over and over again, we see authors take on Jane Austen's classics, especially Pride and Prejudice. But it appears that Jane has been neglected until now (well, there is Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair).

What I really enjoyed about Lindner's take on this story is that she modernized it while staying true to the original. The pacing, the characters, the plot line--everything fell into place. Fans of Bronte's work will see the tiny details recreated with subtle and meticulous care. It made me smile when I made the connection between the two versions.

But even if you've never read the classic, Jane makes the storyline accessible to teens and new readers. You will swoon over the dark and brooding Nico Rathburn--and wonder what secrets this rock star is hiding behind his strong facade. Your heart will break with Jane's just the same.

I must admit though that I have always felt the ending of the original Jane Eyre a bit hurried and too neatly tied up. Lindner has chosen to respect Bronte's narrative, keeping her version very similiar. So the ending may leave you wanting more....but doesn't Jane always?

Reading Rating:
Though this isn't the fastest of reads, it is worth it all the same. Some may argue that Lindner stayed too close to the original, but since it is a classic often overlooked--I think it is important that she offered a story to give a new generation of readers a glimpse into Bronte's world. I loved every minute of this timeless love story. Worth putting on your "to read" list!

Reviewed by: ch3rrybl0ss0m

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