Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Jane Eyre Laid Bare" by Charlotte Bronte & Eve Sinclair (Review by Gayle Pace)

by Charlotte Bronte and Eve Sinclair
 (from Amazon)
Everyone is familiar with Charlotte Brontë's passionate, but restrained novel in which the plain, yet spirited governess Jane Eyre falls for the arrogant Mr. Rochester. It’s a novel that simmers with sexual tension but never quite reaches the boiling point. Which is to be expected. After all, the original was written in 1847. That was then. This is now. And in JANE EYRE LAID BARE, author Eve Sinclair writes between the lines to chart the smoldering sexual chemistry between the long-suffering governess and her brooding employer.
When an eager and curious Jane Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall her sexual desires are awakened. Who is the enigmatic Rochester and why is she attracted to him? What are the strange, yet captivating noises coming from the attic, and why does the very air she breathes feel heavy with passion? Only one thing is certain. Jane Eyre may have arrived at Thornfield an unfulfilled and tentative woman, but she will leave a very different person…
REVIEW: (this book was received as a complimentary copy from GMTA, Good Minds Think Aloud, for this unbiased review)
I started out thinking I would really like the book since I loved JANE EYRE, but was disappointed. I was almost hoping that taking the book, JANE EYRE and adding some erotica would make the classic better but it just didn't happen for me.   The original Jane Eyre character just doesn't fit into this story. It's true, you do hope in the original, for Jane Eyre, so innocent, to get together with Mr. Rochester, the perfect idea of a male. It was a good concept,it just didn't happen in JANE EYRE LAID BARE.  I don't recommend this book to anyone who loved the classic but if you don't care for classics, go for it.
Classics are just that, Classics,  and that can't be changed.
I'd rate this book at 2.5 STARS.
Charlotte Bronte: Charlotte Bronte was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, in 1816. The third of six children, Charlotte, and her sister Emily, were keen writers. In 1847, Jane Eyre was published by Smith, Elder and Co under the pen name Currer Bell. She wrote three other novels, Shirley (1849), Vilette (1853) and The Professor (published posthumously in 1857). Eve Sinclair: Eve Sinclair first fell in love with the novels of Bronte and Austen at an early age and later went on to study English Literature at University. She has since worked as a copy-writer, journalist and editor and now divides her time between her shared passions of tending her English garden and travelling extensively abroad.
You can meet Eve Sinclair on Twitter@realevesinclair

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