YNTR Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
(Summary from GoodReads)
First of all, you should know that Jane Eyre is my all time favorite book so I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy this modern retelling of the story. And it certainly is a retelling – there is no detail from the original left out of this book. If you’re not a huge fan of Jane Eyre, you may find this boring and redundant. As we all know though, that isn’t me. I loved every bit of it and was anxiously awaiting each trial to befall Jane Moore to see how she would react (and if it was similar to my beloved Jane) and of course I relished the happy ending that I knew would be coming!
I think the author did a good job of translating Jane Eyre to modern times. How brilliant to make Mr. Rochester an aging rock star! And Jane Moore as a college student turned nanny was wonderful. Her family was also spot on (she was orphaned but just recently, not as a child like the original). The big secret keeping her and her rock star apart was also on par with the original story but with a very believable modern explanation.
I’m so glad I bought the book for my birthday last year because I’m sure I will read want to read it again and again (just as I have with Charlotte Bronte’s original work!)
*** This will be Stephanie's last review with #YNTR. She is setting off on a new life adventure. While this is happy news for her, she will be greatly missed here at the Indie Book Collective. Please post a comment to wish her farewell. ~Jesi