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Review- My Plain Jane

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 4 stars ⁣

Synopsis from GoodReads:

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?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

My Thoughts-Spoiler Free

It's been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud. And let's face it, at this time in our lives we all need a good laugh.

When I first started this book I was like, well I hope I can follow along as I've not read Jane Eyre or watched the movies. As I started reading this I found myself remembering the original story *hides* and I even remembered watching the 2011 movie *dies of embarrassment* Did I mention that I'm old?

Okay anyway I do want to say however you do not have to have read Jane Eyre to understand this book, but it's okay. But if you did read it then throw that info away because this story has a delicious supernatural twist.

This story was part Sherlock, part Ghostbusters, and part Sixth Sense. That's the only way I can describe it without giving a lot away.

Here's why I didn't give it 5 stars- the narration breaks the 4th wall. It was jarring and unsettling as they kept pulling me out of the story when they addressed me, the reader. I felt it broke the flow of the story. I tried to overlook it and accept it. I ended up loving the story but not because of the narration but because of the characters and the story itself.

I know as readers we are not used to this, as a writer, I think I would have a hard time addressing my readers in this way but I supposed its ones own way of doing things. Or perhaps narration of a story is changing. Either way I was still able to enjoy the story.

My takeaways-My favorite character by far was Helen. Oh my gosh Helen, she was delightfully funny and very relatable. Didn't care for Charlotte Bronte at first but by the end of the story I was a fan. I adored Alexander and was confused by Mr. Rochester but in the end he won me over. There was an excellent reference to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that I loved and made me laugh. There were many funny moments in the book through characters and dialogue.

Overall if you're a fan of Bronte's past works pick up this book and be prepared to enjoy her story told in a different light.

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