A tenacious orphan takes Jane Eyre as her idol, and justice into her own hands.
“Reader, I murdered him.”
When she was a child, Jane Steele suffered at the hands of her spiteful aunt, including her predatory cousin. Then she is sent off to a boarding school, where she has to fight to survive more torment, until she decides to escape the school and flee to London.
Years later, Jane is informed that her aunt has died and her childhood home, Highgate House, has a new master, Mr. Charles Thornfield—an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars—who is seeking a new governess for the nine-year-old ward in his care. Determined to find out if she is the rightful heiress of the house, Jane takes the position and learns of the new residents in Highgate House—Mr. Thorfield and Mr. Sardar Singh, whose history with Mr. Thornfield seems far deeper and darker than it appears.
As Jane gets to know the two, she becomes aware of their violent history. When she begins to fall in love with Mr. Thornfield, Jane faces a dilemma: Can she make him hers without having to reveal her own, murderous past?
This is a satirical romance based on Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. I’ve not yet read Jane Eyre; however, I’ll get around to it. I’ve heard positive things about it, after all. As for Jane Steele, I wasn’t too crazy about the story. It wasn’t all that bad, I’ll admit. I liked the dialogue. The characters were were convincing, but the book just didn’t excite me. Perhaps you’ll like it, though, especially if you’re a fan of Jane Eyre.
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Jane Steele will be available on April 12, 2016.
*I received this Advance copy in a giveaway, from Penguin Random House, for an honest review.
About the author: Lyndsay Faye is the internationally bestselling author of Dust and Shadow; The Gods of Gotham; Seven for a Secret; and The Fatal Flame. She lives in Queens with her husband, Gabriel.