Jane

Posted November 12, 2010 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

JaneJane by April Lindner
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on October 11, 2010
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

Literary's Views

Forced to become a nanny after the death of her parents Jane saw her dreams and future sacrificed because she couldn’t couldn’t afford to pay the tuition to the prestigious school Sara Lawrence. From the beginning April Lindner created a strong character to me in Jane, faced with such a hard situation with little to no support from her brother or sister. I admired how Jane quickly pulled herself together to figure out what she was going to do with a clear head.  Jane got more the she bargained for when she was placed to be the nanny of not just any child but the child of a world famous rock star Nico Rathlum. Can anyone smell the trouble about to happen? Things do go smoothly in the beginning for Jane, she and the child form a quick liking to each other and Jane takes an even quicker liking to her new home Thornfield Park.  During this time we get to learn more about Jane and her past, how she came to be the quite, strong, clear headed, self conscious person.  Reading about her past made me so angry at her family both alive and dead and made me admire Jane more for going for her future despite the negativity and cruelty of her family.

With the added mystery of the third floor guest and the mysterious accidents happening at Thornfield Park plus the added drama of the presence of Nico Rothburn himself and the chemistry between him and Jane, things started to pick up quickly. I couldn’t flip through the pages fast enough to find out what was going on with Jane and Nico and if Jane would listen to her head or her heart. Though there was significant difference between their ages I didn’t fell that disturbed by it. I felt that it helped with how mature Jane was for her age and how half of the time she was the sensible one in the group and how Nico turned to her for her incite and opinion. Jane’s maturity didn’t feel fake or forced but it felt like it came naturally to her. April did a great job at recreating a classic tale of Jane Eyre to the modern day. It had a great balance between the classic and the new. The romance, suspense and action was woven to make a great story that fans of the classic Jane Eyre and new readers will enjoy.

4 Stars

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