LUCKY SEVEN: RECOMMENDATION #6
Jane (April Lindner)
(Little, Brown; Oct. 2010)
Summary from Goodreads: 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?
In JANE EYRE, there was a gorgeous subtlety to the interactions between Jane and Mr. Rochester as their relationship progressed, and Lindner kept that subtlety in the modern version. Of course, there were some changes to the story, but they all felt in tune with the original, too, and helped JANE stand on its own merit.
All readers, familiar with the original or not, can appreciate how Team Jane this book is. Yes, it's a love story, but it's primarily a story about a quiet girl with unfortunate life circumstances who tackles every setback with grace and inner strength.
It may sound silly, but Jane Moore has principles and integrity and a wicked independent streak, and to maintain those standards, she makes heartbreaking decisions. But she's also warm and caring, and willing to give her whole heart to people who earn that privilege. (If Jane were real, I'd totally want to be her friend.)
JANE is her story, and it's one well worth reading.
The verdict? Yes. Whether or not you're a fan of the original, pick this one up and become immersed in a great novel. It came out in 2010, so I was a little late to the party, but I'm so glad I went!
|April and CATHERINE|
Fingers crossed this ARC
will be at BEA! I'll stand in line
for this one!
Further evidence: Check out these reviews from The Book Butterfly and Forever YA!
Check out the other books in the Lucky Seven!
Book one: THE GIRLS OF NO RETURN by Erin Saldin
Book two: THE PROBABILITY OF MIRACLES by Wendy Wunder
Book three: UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
Book four: WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah Dessen
Book five: GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers
Stay tuned for the final book of the Lucky Seven: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green!