Published by HarperCollins on June 26th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult Fiction
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.
My Plain Jane, book two of The Lady Janies, by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton was a book I was looking forward to as soon as I heard about it. I have to admit, I haven’t yet read My Lady Jane yet (I have no idea why not…it’s kind of sad), but I didn’t need to in order to dive right into this book.
This story focuses on the penniless orphan, Jane Eyre and I loved every second of this book. Jane just happens to have the ability to see and talk to ghosts and her skills are something that Alexander Blackwood, a supernatural investigator, needs in his organization. Despite his offer of employment, Jane decides she will instead take a position as a governess for Mr. Rochester and this is where things start to get moving.
As for characters, we have the previously mentioned Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester, and Alexander Blackwood. It is also worth mentioning here that one of Jane’s best friends, Helen, happens to be a ghost. Jane’s other friend is none other than Charlotte Bronte. Charlotte is one of those characters that I couldn’t help but love and I thought how her story was told right along with Jane’s was fantastic. Plus, her relationship with Alexander Blackwood was fantastic.
As Jane moves to Thornfield Hall and begins to interact with Mr. Rochester, she eventually falls in love with him, despite his odd behavior. Mr. Rochester has some secrets and while he shows Jane some preference, it’s clear that something is off with him. I can’t say much about it, but I loved how the story slowly revealed what was going on.
There are several things I enjoyed about this book. From the dialogue and banter to the paranormal aspect…they all kept me turning the pages. There are a number of pop culture references that made it that much more enjoyable for me and of course you get the historical feel along with class and gender divisions that would have been present at the time.
Overall, I enjoyed this one. I will for sure be going back to read the first book and definitely look forward to what this group of authors writes as the next one. If you are looking for something different, consider checking this book out. It has danger, ghosts, and romance…what more could you want?
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.