Book Review: Jane by April Lindner


by April Lindner
373 Pages
Published by Poppy

Jane goes to work for rockstar Nico Rathburn as the nanny for his daughter.  Jane always thought herself level-headed and practical, but then finds herself falling for Nico.  Will a secret from Nico’s past ruin Jane’s chances at true love?

What I liked:
For fans of Jane Eyre this is a great modern retelling of the classic. I loved seeing how the author was able to put a modern spin on different classic scenes from the original story. I wasn’t sure how well the story would translate to modern day and was impressed with how the author was able to pull it off. The relationships between Jane and the other characters in the novel felt very authentic.

The scenes I liked best were the ones that weren’t trying to be too similar to the original. I liked when I felt grounded in the modern day. But certain scenes (first encounter on road and fire in the bedroom) felt forced and didn’t seem to fit in the modern context of the story. I wished the author could have found a way to give those scenes a more modern twist because when she did, the writing came to life.

My Rating:
I gave it four stars on Goodreads, but it’s probably closer to a 3.5 because I doubt I’ll ever re-read it and when recommending it, I’d say check it out at the library. But it was definitely a fun read for Jane Eyre Lovers.

Oh! And just a word of caution… This book was much steamier than the original Jane Eyre! Did I mention Rochester is a rock star?

And if you’re a fan of Wuthering Heights, Lindner has a modern retelling of that classic coming out in Fall 2012 called Catherine.

3 comments on “Book Review: Jane by April Lindner

  1. ShawnaLeAnn says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!!! This book looks great! I loved Jane Eyre so I am completely up to read a retelling. This is going on my to be read list. I am also following you back, I really like your blog as well. [:-ShawnaLeAnn @ Dreaming In The Pages

  2. LHughes says:

    Thanks for returning the favor!I hope you enjoy Jane! Jane + Rochester = sigh:)

  3. elena says:

    I was curious about this book when I went to the bookstore. I think adaptations are interesting when they are done right. I'm definitely going to try to read soon.

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