Synopsis: 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.
Review: My Plain Jane (MPJ) is the second book in “The Lady Janies” series, the first one being My Plain Jane. MPJ is written by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. This is kind of a retelling of Jane Eyre. The protagonists are Jane Eyre, Charlotte (as in Bronte) and Alexander.
By clicking on the review link(above), you can see how much I loved reading My Lady Jane. This is why my expectations were high for this book. However, I did not enjoy it as much I had enjoyed reading My Lady Jane. I didn’t find it as entertaining as the first. I kept waiting to hear myself break into a laugh but I hardly did.
I also mentioned this book as one of the five books you should read in October because this book is about ghosts, ghost hunters. Two of our protagonists can see and communicate with ghosts. One of them also hunts ghosts.
Jane is a teacher , and Charlotte is a to be writer . Jane doesn’t want to be a teacher and can communicate with ghosts. One day Alexander,an agent of a society of ghost hunters, has a brief encounter with Jane . After watching Jane communicate with a ghost,he tries to recruit her into the Society( of which he is a part of) . Meanwhile, Charlotte is writing a book but is soon enamoured with the idea of joining the Society. I loved Charlotte’s character more than Jane . Here’s why (with quotes) :
“Go home, Miss Brontë.”
“I can’t afford any more delays, Miss Brontë.”
“Please stop talking, Miss Brontë.”
Nevertheless, she persisted.
No, what how many times Charlotte was told she wasn’t needed, she soldiered on.
“You’re definitely not coming with us,” Alexander said. “Not a chance.”
Reader, Miss Brontë definitely went with them.
Then,the inevitable happens,Jane accepts a governess position in the home of ..Mr. Rochester. Then ,You-reader-know how the story goes from here ? No,You don’t ! ‘Cause Mr. Rochester isn’t really Mr. Rochester..(wait,what ?)
You, reader, also will see how Charlotte Bronte might have gotten ideas to write Jane Eyre. The entire storyline and the narrative are too melodramatic, but you’ll still love it. This is an alternate story of Jane Eyre …and Charlotte Bronte.
You do not need to read My Lady Jane first, to read the My Plain Jane. They are both standalone. Although, I would recommend you read My Lady Jane first.
Overall, I would recommend My Plain Jane to someone who has read too much horror/thriller/dark fantasy books and needs a break. This is a perfectly over-the-top, mildly entertaining read.
Verdict: This one gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication Date: June 2018
- Hardcover: 464 Pages
//Affiliate links (It would help me if you buy any book through the links provided below) :
1.) Buy My Plain Jane on Amazon
2.) Buy My Plain Jane on BookDepository