Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre book coverA great romance novel, with eerie gothic overtones, this book has a lot of contrived plot devices, but holds up well given the time in which it was written.  Jane Eyre is an orphan in the early 1800’s living unhappily in northern England with an uncle’s family. They ship her to a charity school where she doesn’t fare much better.  Conditions improve, and she becomes a teacher, eventually accepting a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. Jane is happy there, despite strange noises and odd happenings. She falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester, and is blissful when he proposes. However, her happiness is short-lived when she learns a secret so dreadful she calls the wedding off, and leaves in the middle of the night.  Jane returns to Thornfield later having inherited a sizeable inheritance only to find the house burned to the ground and Rochester severely wounded as a result of the fire.  What is his awful secret, and can it be overcome?

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