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Sloane Hall

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In 1920s Hollywood, young John Doyle learns the craft of cinematography when a stupid mistake costs him his job. On a tip, he heads to Sloane Hall, the estate of a famous silent screen actress, Pauline Sloane, where he lands a position as chauffeur. Sloane Hall first offers him peace as he enjoys the bounty of the luxurious home, then unrest as its beautiful namesake retur ...more
Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Published September 27th 2010 by Istoria Books (first published September 2010)
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Melissa McCauley
Sloane Hall is a re-telling of Jane Eyre, set in Hollywood in the 1920s as talking pictures are coming into vogue. In this version “Jane” is John Royce, a poor young man who ends up working as the chauffeur for silent movie star Pauline Sloane (Mr. Rochester).

Although I read the story to the very end, it was only to find out what happened, and to compare it to Jane Eyre. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable, and the drinking, drugs, and sex made the story too dark for my ta
Wow, Ms. Sternberg has done a wonderful job with Sloane Hall and it's ability to transport me back into time, into the 1920s. I don't know much about this era, but her book feels real to me and I felt like I was in that time, when movies changed from silent to spoken word and how big a change that really was. I honestly thought it was no big deal, but when you think about how much acting had to go into movies without sound it's really impressive. So the setting and the time were done beautifully ...more
A retelling of Jane Eyre, Sloane Hall tries hard to pay homage to the old classic, but in my opinion comes off as a shabby retelling that recreates each of Bronte's characters at their worst.

I did enjoy the new setting of the story - old Hollywood when "talkies" were coming onto the scene. Jane Eyre becomes John Doyle, a 21 year old trying to do camerawork in Hollywood. Hollywood as a good backdrop as to why the new Rochester (Eleanor Brickman/Pauline Sloane) was having such difficulties. I was
Set in the Roaring Twenties during the silent film era as it is transitioning to "talkies," John Doyle finds himself in LA and trying to become a camera operator for both the silent and talkie films. He has to eat, so finds himself employed by one of the hottest silent era stars as her chauffeur. She is an illusive, flighty, emotionally unstable alcoholic who is drawn to John personally and certainly him to her. Yet he knows he is a servant, and no matter what direction their relationship may ta ...more
Misty Baker
About 2 months ago I reviewed the novel “Jane” (by April Linder) which (somewhat smartly) re-vamped the Bronte classic “Jane Eyre.” Since then, I have been emailed 22 times with authors offering up their modern day versions of classic literature. Some, I politely declined, knowing that my passionate love for the original would hinder my ability to judge it fairly, others, like “Sloane Hall” (by Libby Sternberg) I happy excepted. Now, as you may have already guessed, “Sloane Hall” much like “Jane ...more
Sloane Hall by Libby Sternberg places the story of "Jane Eyre" at the end of the twenties, and around the time of the end of the silent movie era. This novel is also the first and only one (I believe) to switch genders between the main characters, so that "Jane" is now lowly chauffeur John Doyle to "Mr. Rochester"- film star Pauline Sloane. With this change, the dynamic of the story is considerably different. I found both John and Pauline much less sympathetic and weaker than their original coun ...more
Sara Pauff
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This book is a romance novel-y reworking of Jane Eyre, set in Los Angeles in 1929, during the transition from silent movies to talkies. I read it for the Jane Eyre part of that previous sentence.

I like how the author's choices (e.g., setting, reversal of the main characters' genders) force the reader think about Jane Eyre in different ways. The writing was mostly good. It got a bit melodramatic at points, and the ending was maybe a little sappy for me, but my guess is that these things would be
This was a free download on Kindle. Such things are hit and miss. This was a miss.
The story is an unsubtle retelling of Jane Eyre told with a male "Eyre" in 1920s Hollywood (and beyond).
It hewed too close to the original story for my tastes, without causing me to care a lot about the actual characters.
The most interesting element of the story was the setting, but even that was rather more blandly related that I would have liked.
Overall, I was simply underwhelmed by the book. It wasn't annoying,
Not a bad read, a little predictable in places although I haven't read Jane Eyre which apparently it is modelled on so that may make it more predictable.
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I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and am still in love with the city of crabcakes, steamy summers, and ethnic neighborhoods. (What’s not to love about a city that names its football team after an Edgar Allan Poe character?)

Baltimore was the setting of my debut contemporary women’s fiction book, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, my Bianca Balducci YA mystery series, my two adult mysteries, and my
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