After reading My Lady Jane, I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of My Plain Jane. In a little over two days I had finished My Plain Jane, and I am overjoyed to be sharing what I think of it with you! Warning: there may be spoilers ahead.
Here is a little bit about the book:
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)
Or does she?
The story is told through three different main characters: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, and Alexander Blackwood. Jane and Charlotte share a wonderful friendship that had its ups and downs throughout the book, which I felt made the story a bit more interesting.
I liked that despite romance being a big theme in this novel, it didn’t take away from the other parts of the story. There was still a big focus on Jane’s growing conflict with her friend Charlotte and the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits. It also doesn’t distract from the mystery of Thornfield Hall.
That’s another thing I loved about this story. The mystery. I enjoyed coming up with theories as I continued reading late into the night. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I found myself unable to put the book down. There was the mystery of Thornfield Hall, which held some secrets that even I couldn’t figure out until the end, and there was also the mystery of the Society.
Both mysteries seemed like they had nothing to do with each other so when it was revealed that the history of both was intertwined, I was pleasantly surprised. I loved that the details of each side story were revealed in small pieces as the story went on because it made things more interesting to me and kept me guessing as to what the full picture was.
Another thing I would like to talk about is the romance between Charlotte and Alexander. I felt that it was incredibly adorable and I liked how it gradually developed over the entire story rather than it being love at first sight. At first, I didn’t even think Alexander was going to end up with Charlotte, so when their relationship started to blossom into something fluffy and cute, I was delighted.
There isn’t much else that I have to say except that I enjoyed reading it and would definitely consider reading it again in the future.
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