My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Series: The Lady Janies
Also in this series: My Lady Jane (can be read independently)
Format: ARC paperback
Published by HarperCollins
Release date: June 26th
Top 3 Genres: History, Romance, Supernatural
Source: ARC sent by HarperCollins Canada
To buy the book: CA • US • FR• BookDep
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Hello my little bookdragons!
How are you doing? Have you seen any ghost lately? Because Jane Eyre is seeing A LOT. Too many. That sounds weird? Not like the Jane you remember? Well, it’s because I’m talking about a side of the story no one knows, uncovered by a trio of talented authors in the soon to be released My Plain Jane.
If you have read My Lady Jane already, you won’t be surprised to hear that this story is not exactly the one Charlotte Bronte told us. If you have not read My Lady Jane, you better get ready for this hilarious, irreverent and brilliant book!
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)
Or does she?
Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
Back to the basics
Jane, in an orphanage. Plain, so so plain and having a miserable life, with the dream of her life being a governess. But she is also kind and brilliant in her own way. (I’m sure this talks to you right?). Thankfully, she has two best friends (and that’s where things start to go crazy): Charlotte Bronte, whose dream is to be a writer, and Helen, a ghost. Yup, a ghost. because Jane is one of the few individuals able to see them. Ok, so I think that by now you know it can’t be the same story you’ve heard about! Well, it’s just the beginning!
Jane is not the only one seeing ghosts, there is also the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits, and for them, some ghosts are better locked up, as they can be troublemaker. How do they meet Jane? Because of a murder! The murder of the « director » the girl orphanage (not that anyone regrets his death). The Society comes, sees Jane talent, and wants her in. Problem is, Jane does NOT want anything to do with the society. So, she runs away by becoming the governess of a certain Mr Rochester (here! you get back to the famous story! pfiiou!).
I’m gonna stop there, I don’t want to spoil the craziness following but I will just tell you that it is worth reading! The authors manipulated the original story so well and made it something more and so different but at the same time the same.
Murders and Mysteries
If we already have our lot of mystery in the original piece, here, you can multiply it by 10. The story starts with a murder (and actually more than one), continues with ghosts and inexplicable things, and end with a lot of plotting! Yup, it’s the beginning of the 19th century England after all! Add ghosts to the mix and you obtain an entertaining novel you have no idea how it will end. You can know the Jane Eyre original book, but you can’t know where this one is leading you. I loved having no clue what would happen, how it would end for Jane, Charlotte, and Rochester. Let me tell you, I was in for a surprise!
How to make Jane Eyre a fun read?
Let’s be honest, Charlotte Bronte wrote a beautiful story but a bit depressing too… brooding and old Rochester, plain and young Jane, and so many cringing moments because Rochester can really be a pain! Well, here, the authors did not let that pass without a word. They take all that could be problematic if the book came out now and address it. Plus, so many modern references it was hard to see them all, and a writing that is made to make you laugh at least three times per chapter. It’s something I love with the Lady Janies, they have no restriction or boundaries. They write with a free humorous tone that I have not found in any other book and that really makes the story unique. Ok, sometimes I thought it is a bit too much (compared to the other book that was PERFECTION), but it was so good just to enjoy the irreverence of this novel!
In a few words
It’s fun, modern, spooky, and it’s Jane Eyre. What else are you asking for? Just go read it already!
See you for a cup!