Hardcover, 373 pages
Published October 11th 2010
What if Jane Eyre fell in love with a rock star?
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.
Okay, in the interest of full-disclosure, I'd like to admit something...okay, two things...
Thing #1 - I have NEVER READ JANE EYRE. Never. Somehow it never came up on my required reading rotation at school, and I never actively sought it out. Trust me, there's SHAME about this. (what kind of reader AM I? *wanders away, hopelessly*)
Thing #2 - About two weeks before I read this book, I was wandering through the library near my house, and I stumbled upon the DVD set of Masterpiece Theatre's Jane Eyre.
I took it home.
I watched it.
I fell in love. So, SO in love.
And soon after that, I was offered this book for review, and, still having the Masterpiece Theatre version dancing around in my head, I swooped, snatched, and ran back to my book-filled hideout.
(This is getting pretty long and we haven't even gotten to the review yet)
Okay, so the review!
I absolutely adored this. It was EXACTLY what I was looking for in a Jane Eyre retelling. And she fell in love with a Rock Star. A totally debauched, making bad decisions all over the place ROCK STAR!
Jane herself was pretty much spot on to how I'd picture Jane Eyre being in today's world. She wasn't all uptight, but she was hardworking and could appear cold at times, but she was longing for a place to belong. And she found that in Nico and his daughter who she'd begun nannying for.
But then the worst thing possible happened. Plain, shy, hardworking Jane fell in love with crazy, wild rock star Nico, and, having guarded her heart against disappointment ever since she was little--her family is AWFUL, by the way--she does everything she can to hide it.
But that's a little hard as Nico is dragging her kicking and screaming into spending as much time with him as possible.
Okay, for those of you out there who HAVEN'T read the original Jane Eyre, I'm not going to spoil you. (Don't look at me like that. They're out there, I swear!) But I was quite pleased both with how the story stayed true to the original, and how it navigated its way through modern life.
Such a great read. This one is still sitting on my bedside table, and it makes me smile every time I walk by it. I can't wait for more from this author.
Also? The cover is flippin' beautiful.
And so ends the EPICALLY long review.
Thanks for reading!