Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Jane by April Lindner

This is an updated retelling of the classic, Jane Eyre and Lindner did a wonderful reworking. I loved it. I picked it up and couldn’t put it down until I finished Jane's story even though I knew the basic plot and how it was going to end.

Jane Moore, impoverished and alienated from her siblings, has to drop out of college a few months after her parents die in a horrific car accident. She joins a nanny agency and accepts a position as nanny to rockstar, Nico Rathburn's daughter. Jane remembers the stories she's read in the tabloids about the wild womanizer, and wonders what living with him will be like. She takes the position and soon she discovers that the man in the magazines is nothing like the man she comes to love.

I thought it was very smart how Lindner tailored Bronte's original story to work in a current time frame. 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. All in all a great book.

5 Stars

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