What if Mr. Rochester from the classic Jane Eyre were a rockstar? Jane by April Lindner is a modern retelling of the classic Jane Eyre novel. Jane, after an isolated childhood, is forced to seek employment as a nanny after the death of her parents forces her to drop out of college. Jane arrives at Thornfield Manor with only a general idea of who Nico is and the music he has produced. All Jane knows is she is to take care of Nico’s child Maddy. When Nico arrives home to prepare for his comeback tour, Jane finds herself fascinated with the complex man.
Nico is a man who is used to people fawning over him and agreeing to everything he says. He is intrigued when Jane, a woman completely different from the selfish glamorous women he is usually surrounded by, doesn’t agree with him all the time. Nico finds himself drawn to Jane even when the beautiful Biana shows up to photograph his practice sessions with his band.
I was very intrigued from the beginning with the premise of this book, while numerous retellings exist for Jane Austen’s books, this was the first one I saw for Jane Eyre, one of my favorite books of all time. April Lindner does an amazing job in keeping the gothic overtones of the original classic without delving into the paranormal genre.
I was disappointed that Lindner added a sex scene to the classic, I realize this is modern trend but I just didn’t feel it was necessary to the story. Also, there was quite a few “f” words uttered by Nico, which is believable of a rockstar with a ‘bad boy’ past but just be aware.
Lindner’s incorporation of the St. Rivers family was impressive. In a time of accessible hotels and services for the homeless, Lindner was able to believably make Jane desperate for a place to stay, introducing the St. Rivers siblings.
Part of the reason I love the original classic is the complex main characters. Lindner’s Nico is able to capture the essence of the original Mr. Rochester perfectly, his ego, vulnerabilities, loneliness while being surrounded by people and his unselfishness/selfishness. Basically, I want to slap him at the same time I want to hug him and promise to love him forever. Jane’s character I had little more trouble with, the original Jane is a very passionate woman under her plain exterior who is partly so restrained because of the role society had placed upon her and given her need to work. Lindner’s Jane just didn’t feel as passionate for me, Lindner did a good job with Jane’s background as to why she felt lonely growing up but I failed to feel the extreme passioniate nature boiling under Jane’s skin. I like Jane, don’t get me wrong, but I just didn’t feel the passionate nature bursting at the edges of her plain exterior. That being said, I would highly recommend Jane by April Lindner to anyone who is a fan of the original Jane Eyre or anyone who struggled to get through the original archiac writing style and language would enjoy the fresh take on this classic.
Author: April Lindner
Format: Hardbound, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: October 11, 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.