My Plain Jane (Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows)

The Lady Janies are back!! Many of you may remember that back in 2016 I reviewed their first book, My Lady Jane. That book came as something of a surprise to me, so with this book, I knew to expect the unexpected and a really good time. I wasn’t disappointed.

If you think you know the story of Jane Eyre, think again. A penniless orphan who suffered a miserable childhood, Jane becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall. There she meets the broody Mr. Rochester, and despite his mood swings and their fairly substantial age difference, they fall in love. But… what if that wasn’t really how things went down?

Now is probably a good time to give a teensy, tiny disclaimer: I’ve never actually read Jane Eyre before. For a voracious reader, with a few exceptions, I have a notoriously difficult time getting myself through the classics. I knew the basics of the plot, and honestly, that was enough. I don’t feel like I missed anything major by not reading the original. Sure, I should probably read it someday. In the vague future.

At any rate, just like the previous Jane, this one was an immensely good time. I can’t speak to how well this follows the source material, obviously, but I know that (spoiler alert) there weren’t any for realsies ghosts in original. This is full of characters that you love to love, love to hate and some that are mysterious, including a bunch of ghosts. If you keep a good eye out, you’ll notice a good amount of (HILARIOUS) political commentary.

While it’s pretty hard to beat My Lady Jane, in my opinion, this definitely gives it a solid run for it’s money. For a formula that I never was sure would work, these authors have seriously hit it out of the park with their sophomore entry. I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to the next book.