Review: Jane by April Lindner

Jane by April Lindner
Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published October 11th, 2010 by Poppy
My rating: 1 out of 5 stars
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. 

My thoughts…  

Jane Eyre is my absolute favorite novel and I was looking forward to reading this modern-day re-telling featuring a world-famous rock star. Unfortunately, Jane Moore and Nico Rathburn don’t stand a chance against the couple I love, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. Jane and Nico had no chemistry, I didn’t believe Jane’s feeling for Nico or his feeling for her. I wasn't captivated by their conversations and I never felt the connection between them. Maybe I was expecting too much going into reading this.  

“This can't be real," he said into my hair. "This has to be an acid flashback." I laughed, delighted to be in his arms. "I swear I'm not an acid flashback.” ― April Lindner, Jane 

“I'd inquired him about being safe, he had reached into the drawer of the beside table and drawn out a satin-lined box of condoms. "Standard rock-star equipment," he'd said with a sly smile.” ― April Lindner, Jane 

In this version, the author simply took the plot from Jane Eyre and set it in 21st century, with almost no changes. Except, much of Jane’s childhood was left out. We are ‘told’ Jane has suffered through a certain cruelty from her terrible siblings and her neglectful parents.

For those who have read and loved Jane Eyre, stay away from this book. You'll be very, very disappointed.  

Happy Reading -J


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