historical fiction · YA

My Plain Jane by Hand, Ashton and Meadows

I will freely admit that my hatred for Jane Eyre is as long as the endless night I was forced to read the entire novel. Of course, perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I not procrastinated myself into an all-nighter but what is done is done. Since that horrible incident I have had a massive chip on my shoulder for all things Bronte. But, I am constantly shocked by how differently I feel about the books I hated being forced to read when I pick them voluntarily (hello Great Gastby). So, when I received My Plain Jane from my OwlCrate subscription (in July) I vowed to read it with a fresh unbiased mind. And then I promptly shelved it for more than six months. But, when I cracked into it this weekend I did so with an open mind!

MyplainjaneMy Plain Jane is written by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows and is their second collaboration. Their first, My Lady Jane received rave reviews everywhere but I had not yet read it. Typically I enjoy formulating my own synopsis of the book but this particular novel has me stumped on just how to do so. There is a lot of adventure squeezed into this story! Therefore, I give you the official blurb:

 

 

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester—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 Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Alright, Jane doesn’t marry Rochester – color me intrigued! This has always been the worst part of Jane Eyre for me. Rochester is stupid. And the way My Plain Jane handles that gave me no end of joy. I also really loved both Charlotte Bronte and Alexander Blackwood and the cast of supporting characters that all came together to crate a fantastic collection of personalities.

I will admit that I had difficulty getting into the book which is most likely due to my previous experience reading Bronte. Also, there were times when I was slightly frustrated when the authors constantly broke the fourth wall and the ever present commentary about the corsets became a small annoyance. Typically I don’t mind a fourth wall peek-through but it was done a bit inconsistently and it threw me off. Still, I consumed this 450 page book in a little over two days and I just couldn’t put it down! There were enough twists and turns and those together with the lovely female friendships meant that I ended up having a great time reading this book.

I read Jane Eyre in high school and my memory of it contains only my disgust for Mr. Rochester. So, you do not need to have read Eyre to enjoy My Plain Jane at all, nor, does it seem do you need to check out My Lady Jane before picking up this book. But, if you are interested in a paranormal historical fiction this is an absolutely fun read!


Tell me, please!

Am I the only one that hated Rochester?


 

9 thoughts on “My Plain Jane by Hand, Ashton and Meadows

  1. I’ll say that the authors breaking the fourth wall was a MAJOR problem when reading “My Lady Jane.” I wanted to like the book so much, but ended up disliking the narration style (and also, I felt like I was way too old, because I kept thinking “There’s no way someone would do that!” before remembering the main characters are, like, 15).
    I liked Jane Eyre (again, as you said, after I picked it up by myself years after being forced to read it), so I kind of want to read this one, but the style of the first book has me wary.

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    1. I hate to nitpick a book but it was an issue wasn’t it?!? I will say too that most people agree that My Lady Jane is far better than My Plain Jane….. not to warn you away though because even with those little things I literally wandered around reading this book while avoiding my other to-dos.

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      1. At one point, the narrator says something about the future, which took away all of the tension at that moment for me and essentially ruined the rest of the book for me because I knew there was nothing at stake! The characters would win! It was frustrating.

        But unfortunately I’m the type of person who has to finish what she starts (I forced myself through all of the Twilight Saga, for goodness sakes), but I probably won’t buy the next one, just borrow it from the library instead.

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  2. No. I thought he was creepy and disgusting and I also seriously disliked the book. (I hate everything I’m forced to read apparently) I’ve read My Lady Jane and I thought it was light and humorous minus the end part which was a little tense and heavy at times. Glad you enjoyed it and lovely review!

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