I always knew that Bella Andre was good. However, her romances weren't quite five star reads for me. Well, that was until Kissing Under The Mistletoe.I always knew that Bella Andre was good. However, her romances weren't quite five star reads for me. Well, that was until Kissing Under The Mistletoe.
This book is for sure a five star read. And Bella Andre at her finest. Perfect for the holidays, and perfect read for the end of 2014.
Storytelling is awesome, and I could see so much improvement from Bella Andre's earlier writings.
This by far is the best Sullivan book in the series. See how it all began, Mary and Jack's love story. The story that gave us the wonderful Sullivan siblings....more
It is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this bIt is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this book (e.g. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, friend, library), and read it, and finish it on the same day. Power of suggestion. Is it working?
A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons ★★★★★★★★★★ A RAVING TEN OUT OF FIVE STARS!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE READ FOR 2014. So far.
Look at that cover. It looks like a regular young adult contemporary romance book. *wrong buzzer sound*. There is no way this is a regular contemporary romance because this is an awesome magical one! And don’t forget the villains! It’s also action packed.
First let me point out that Heather Lyons’ writing is magical and lyrical. Beautiful use of adjectives and very superb storytelling, that I was like a hooked from the beginning.
The world the author builds is intriguing and yes, I was fangirling. Unfortunately, this book is sadly under the radar with only a couple reviews and there wasn’t much online either. What the author created was magical.
There are seven planes (human, dwarf, elven, gnome, fairy, goblin and Annar). There are magicals and non-magicals (AKA nons). They can live in either plane except Annar, which is exclusive for only the magicals. The nons do not know of the existence of the magicals, despite them being everywhere. There are different kinds of magicals and they are responsible for influencing events. A magical could either be an elemental, a seer, a storyteller, an intellectual, an emotional, a creator and many more. This story however focuses on Chloe, a creator. Creators are very rare and usually there are only two at a time. They are extremely powerful as they have the ability to create and destroy. Atlantis anyone? Chloe is next in line, as the previous creator is old and tired. He is very ready to relinquish his throne. But despite Chloe being the strongest magical around, she’s still a teenager and she’s stressed out of her head on how she can fit the bill of being creator. Destroying civilizations does not sit well with Chloe. Her parents also expect too much from her that her only refuge has been her dreams. She has fallen in love with a guy she dreamt of every night. Her dreams have been interactive until a couple of years ago, they just stop. This depresses her, until the guy in her dreams, Jonah, actually shows up in her class.
But Jonah doesn’t just pop up by himself. In tow is his twin brother Kellan. And let me just say that Chloe makes a connection with both of them.
You would think that a love triangle with twins would be disgusting. But let Heather prove you wrong. I don’t know which twin I am actually routing for, so I am team Switzerland.
I wish I could have made a better review, because I honestly think the books need to get out there cause it is very good. I encourage all Harry Potter and romance fans to get this book.
So I was at a new year's eve party at Universal Studios Hollywood. Guess what I was doing?
I was blazing through the book while there was a live bandSo I was at a new year's eve party at Universal Studios Hollywood. Guess what I was doing?
I was blazing through the book while there was a live band and a DJ trying to entertain me.
The book was that good.
Echo Emerson was the most popular girl in second year. She was little miss perfect. She was an honor student, was really pretty and has the high school jock as a boyfriend. It wouldn't get better than that. But Echo disappeared before the end of the year and came back the next as a totally different person. Echo is an empty shell of the person she used to be.
Noah Hutchins is the bad boy of the school. Recognized stoner and goes through girls like they're underwear. For him, girls are just one night stands.
Echo is in need of money, to fix her deceased brother's Corvette. She thought of it as a way to keep a piece of her brother still alive. Her school psychiatrist offers her money by tutoring bad boy Noah Hutchins. The two connect and fall in love from there.
Don't be deceived by the characters. They're not the shallow kids we mostly see on TV. They have problems and they're trying to deal with it. ...more
For $2.99 in the Kindle store, I have to admit, I did not expect much.
But the Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is wonderfully crafted. It's so poignanFor $2.99 in the Kindle store, I have to admit, I did not expect much.
But the Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is wonderfully crafted. It's so poignantly touching that I cannot stop thinking about it even if I finished it hours ago.
Camryn Bennett has problems but her recent fight with her best friend Natalie has pushed her over the edge and forced her to run away from home. She gets on the bus to nowhere. On the bus, she meets Andrew Parrish. Little did she know that that bus ride would change her life.
The characters have depth in them, despite them being in their 20s. I have highlighted so many wonderful quotes from the book. Here are a few:
"The truth is, we all have problems; we all go through hardships and pain, and my pain is paradise compared to a lot of people's and I really have no right to whine at all."
"You dwell on the past, you can't move forward. Spend too much time planning for the future and you just push yourself backwards or you stay stagnant in the same place all your life. Live in the moment, where everything is just right, take your time and limit your bad memories and you'll get wherever it is you're going a lot faster and with less bumps in the road along the way."
"Just say it. If after you say it and it doesn't feel right, then deal with that, but if you hold that shit in, the uncertainty will be the bigger bitch than the guilt will be."
J.A. Redmerski is now one of my to-look out for authors because The Edge of Never just made it to my favorites list! Highly recommended! :)...more
Have you ever experienced reading and enjoying it, until the author says something, which is quite unforgiveable that it destroyed almost everything?
WHave you ever experienced reading and enjoying it, until the author says something, which is quite unforgiveable that it destroyed almost everything?
Well, I did. Susan Elizabeth Phillips had done that mistake.
One of the characters of the book described a pug, UGLY.
I love pugs.
How can this pug be ugly?
Pugsley, my pet dog, God bless his soul, is really adorable. How could anyone call him ugly?
And now, Pugsley is crying.
But despite my seething anger, I continued on, chanting She called a pug ugly again and again. But obviously, the chanting didn't work. I still loved this book.
How could I hate it, when I was still up 3am in the morning, trying to finish it? And, pray, tell me, how I could hate a book with a hero who has a British accent? That got me all weak in the knees already.
Speaking aside, the story is cute and the happily ending well deserved. The bantering of the H/h is refreshing. The dialogues are all witty and humorous. I was laughing loud so often, I thought the doctors are going to take me away.
The plot, though not actually unique, (the heroine had three ex-husbands and was a mean ass is high school) is still good, since Susan Elizabeth Phillips added tons of new stuff to it, that it became an original.
I should also mention that this book taught me that it's never too late for love. Despite all the heartaches that can come my way, we should never close our doors. And also, it's never to late to ask for sorry.
This book is 97th on the All About Romance Top 100 list. And I'm wondering why it isn't any higher.
BTW, Susan, I forgive you for saying that a pug is ugly.
However, I think Pugsley does not. He takes things quite seriously. He is deeply hurt, thus, the frown....more
One could hope that a parcel, containing directions to find one’s soulmate, fall off from heaven. But unfortunately, thatHow to search for true love?
One could hope that a parcel, containing directions to find one’s soulmate, fall off from heaven. But unfortunately, that is highly unlikely. There is no easy way to find the one.
And for Eloise Bridgerton, the search was definitely not easy. She endured a number of seasons only to accustom herself to a few years of spinsterhood. She refused six offers of marriage just to wait for her own epic romance of cosmic proportions.
And all it took was a simple correspondence to find him. This is an old school starting from penpals love story. With just a few letters spread throughout the years, Eloise has managed to find the one destined for her. They say that when you see the one, you just instantly know. But does it really happen that way? Since in Eloise’s case, that certainly didn’t happen.
Sir Phillip’s last letter ended with a marriage proposal of sorts, where he was asking Eloise to spend a fortnight at his home, with a chaperon of course, to see if they would suit. But Eloise, hastily ran away to search for her destiny. She already imagined Sir Phillip to be immediately on his knees as soon as he sees her and propose his undying love for her.
Well, that was far from what actually happened. It was miles and eons apart from her imaginings. Sir Phillip just stood there, and it was awkward.
But somewhere along the way, love just happened. She didn’t instantly know, but she knew that love must be it. Love must be what she had with Sir Phillip.
To Sir Phillip, With Love, is a fantastic and exquisite tale of finding true love and having it in the end. As usual, it’s also absolutely hilarious and wonderfully touching.
And I have to say, what I feel for Julia Quinn’s novels is love at it’s very best. ...more
WARNING: First part of this review (if this could still be called a review) will sort of be a homage/ temple for worship to my beloved James AlexanderWARNING: First part of this review (if this could still be called a review) will sort of be a homage/ temple for worship to my beloved James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, the most gorgeous and swoon worthy hero ever existing in literature!
♪♫♪ Ain’t no other man can stand up next to you Ain’t no other man on the planet does what you do You’re the kind of guy a girl finds on a blue moon You got soul, you got class, you got style in your bad ass Ain’t no other man, it’s true. -Christina Aguilera, Ain’t No Other Man
If I’d be singing a song about Jamie, it would honestly be the one above. And never had I thought that I could fall in love more with Jamie. But wow. I was wrong. And since I have to ease a bit off my chest, I am INSERTING A SHORT LETTER TO JAMIE.
Oh, how I love you! Where could I buy a seed that I could plant and and then grow into you? I want you so badly that I think I will become a spinster, unless I meet you. Or someone almost as you. Oh, how I wish to go to Scotland and go to Craigh na Dun and time travel to your arms. Blast your faithfulness to Claire! Unfortunately, I see yer faithfulness as a verra verra negative thing. But at the same time, it’s a verra verra good thing, since that makes ye verra honorable. I love you. Though you will never love me back. I swear I won’t go back in time and stab Claire. I love you so much that I would never want to see you hurt. But know this, as I think of you, I always have a smile on my face, though I know you would only make my heart break, since you can never be mine. I wish you the best in your travels.
Lovingly yours, Jasmin
PS: I LOVE YOU JAMIE! I WISH YOU WOULD LEAVE CLAIRE AND PICK ME INSTEAD!
OKAY. I AM STOPPING NOW, BEFORE ANYONE REPORTS ME AND SAYS I AM DELUSIONAL AND IN NO SHAPE TO BE IN HUMAN COMPANY.
Okay, Jasmin, relax. Breathe in, breathe out. Gather your wits and stop showing the people how stalker-ish you are.
Voyager is a masterpiece.
It is absolutely beautiful that it deserves more than five stars. Actually it’s even better than that. If I could just pluck real stars from the sky, I would offer all that I can carry and more to Diana Gabaldon’s feet. That is how marvelous this book is.
The book is well researched and vivid in detail. Still wordy and lengthy, but for me, it’s a good thing, because all those words help me see the bigger picture. This book isn’t just romance, though there’s a healthy dose of that. It’s also about loyalty, family and politics and so much more. And I could also feel so much more coming.
I would love to give a plot overview, but how? Where would I start when I see every word and every page important?
Diana Gabaldon, has killed me three times already! The endings she makes are fantastic cliffhangers that make me want to die! It is seldom that an author could make me thrash around my bed, due to sheer frustration, and clearly she is one of them. The ending made me want to smash things. But Diana deserves the honors of killing me, because what she gave me is priceless. She gave me Jamie. And she also gave me an epic love story. ...more
The more you hate, the more you love.(Well, that absolutely didn't happen in my case, because I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book)
Lilian BowmanThe more you hate, the more you love.(Well, that absolutely didn't happen in my case, because I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book)
Lilian Bowman hates the the arrogant clod pole which is Marcus Marsden, or Lord Westcliff. We could also be assured that Westcliff feels the same way. So they definitely have a mutual understanding.
But mutual understanding is better than nothing right?
If you've read Again The Magic before this one, you would see that Westcliff isn't actually a complete pig but actually an affectionate brother. If you haven't and read Secrets of a Summer Night straightaway, well, Marcus would be someone you would want to drop an anvil on.
In Secrets of a Summer Night, Lisa Kleypas already showed us how Marcus and Lilian wanted to engage in a fist fight. As a reader, I could feel they were attracted to each other (some hopeful thinking on my part), but they bantered so much that Lilian and Marcus didn't know that the extreme dislike was a defense mechanism to hide their intense attraction to each other.
Westcliff is a stickler for propriety and control. So how come after having a sniff of Lilian Bowman, his defenses crumble and he becomes such a savage that he wanted to make a Lilian a gourmet meal? Not that I could blame him, but still. Westcliff lost control. And he had trouble believing that himself. Wanting to prove to himself that he could no doubt control himself, they challenge each other in another embrace, but failing. Guess how they ended up? These two ended up falling for each other hard!
Who would have thought that these two rascals would come to care for each other?
This is the best Lisa Kleypas book I've read so far. It made me laugh out loud tons of times and it also made me feel giddy since Westcliff was such a romantic brute. This is a beautifully written tale that every romance reader must not miss.
And I end my review with advice. Before you hate someone, I suggest that you better think twice :D...more
”I am certainly not going to marry Penelope Featherington!”
Ever since we heard Colin Bridgerton utter, ummm, shout the above statement, we should ha
”I am certainly not going to marry Penelope Featherington!”
Ever since we heard Colin Bridgerton utter, ummm, shout the above statement, we should have known that he’s going to eat his words sooner or later.
And eat them he did.
Penelope Featherington. She freshly comes out to society, out to meet the ton, with an excess of a few stones in her weight, and either orange/yellow/red gowns which doesn’t do her complexion any good. We can’t blame her. Her mother is a tyrant. But Penelope knows she doesn’t look good. The entire ton would agree with her. She also lacks the confidence to show her sharp wit to at least make up for her disgraceful attire. And instead of being seen as an intellectual lady with a terrible fashion sense, she’s seen as a stuttering plump and overripe orange, only worthy of staying at the sidelines as a wallflower. Season after season, she manages to improve herself, loosing the extra weight, however never being able to get rid of the horrendous clothes her mother has been forcing her, but still the ton doesn’t see her, or rather refuses to see her as her beautiful self. And she ends up on the spinster shelf.
Colin Bridgerton. What more could he ask for? He’s loaded with good looks and charm. And he’s a Bridgerton. So, what more? Unfortunately, one does find it hard to seek contentment with just what he has. He has sought refuge in his travels. He’s not just the charming easygoing gentleman everyone thinks, because behind his beguiling smile are tons of layers of insecurities and dissatisfaction with his life.
But in this work of fiction lies real people with real problems. How can we not relate to either one or both of them? Who hasn’t been insecure a few times in their life? Who hasn’t felt the fear of looking a fool? Who hasn’t dreaded no being able to search their life’s purpose?
How could one not want what Penelope and Colin have? They were friends in the beginning and ended up as something more. And having one another seemed to be more than enough.
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, despite the laugh out loud parts and the easy smiles it caused me or rather distressed me with, since I couldn’t help but smile in public places, is a romance of tough and broad proportions. It made me laugh. It made me smile. It made me cry. It touched my heart and it touched my soul.
And it also made me desire a certain Mr. Colin Bridgerton. He loves intensely. Just the way a certain me wants to be loved. As proof, I leave you with this:
”I love you with everything I am, everything I’ve been, and everything I hope to be. I love you with my past, and I love you for my future. I love you for the children we’ll have and for the years we’ll have together. I love you for everyone of my smiles, and even more, for every one of your smiles.”♥
"Dragonfly in Amber" is a lusciously perfect way to continue Outlander. It couldn't happen any other way. It has to be this way. It is absolutely perf"Dragonfly in Amber" is a lusciously perfect way to continue Outlander. It couldn't happen any other way. It has to be this way. It is absolutely perfect in every way possible in my eyes, and I love it with sheer perfection.
Dragonfly in Amber, the second book of the Outlander series, continues with another amazing journey (or rather retelling) of Claire Randall/Fraser beyond time. But this time, Claire is back in her own time, year 1968, with daughter Brianna, already a twenty year old lass. Coming from America, Claire goes back to Scotland to hasten aid of Mr. Roger Wakefield, adopted son of Reverend Reginald Wakefield, (of whom we met in Outlander #1), to investigate what happened to the men of Lallybroch after the war at Culloden, to know if Jamie Fraser had carried out his final wishes to save his men & to reveal to Brianna the true nature of her heritage.
Claire shares her story of the battle to either stop the uprising or find victory for Bonnie Prince Charles Stuart, the Great Pretender.
But OMG! How am I going to narrate 752 pages of sheer perfection into something shorter, but something not too short of how perfect it was? It's hard.
But the next part is easy.
I LOVE JAMIE FRASER. JAMIE! JAMIE! JAMIE! JAMIE! I feel like a chit fresh from school. I'm resembling all the Edward Cullen fans/stalkers but with me, it's all about Jamie. I'm giddy. I'll end up a spinster if I don't find myself my own Jamie.
If you're not in love with Jamie yet, I'll make you fall in love with him too. Aside from his delicious and majestic body; he also has the sweetest and swoon worthy lines I've ever read in history. SPOILER ALERT! Coming up are my favorite Jamie Fraser lines from Dragonfly in Amber.
"I want to protect ye, sassenach- spread myself over ye like a cloak and shield you and the child wi' my body."
"Blood of my blood," he whispered, "and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens. You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if you want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let you go."
"Claire. To feel the small bones of your neck beneath my hands, and that fine, thin skin on your breasts and your arms... Lord, you are my wife, whom I cherish and I love wi' all my life and still I want to kiss ye hard enough to bruise your tender lips, and see the marks of my fingers on your skin."
"I'm honest enough to say that I dinna care what the right and wrong of it may be, so long as you are here wi' me, Claire," he said softly. "If it was a sin for you to choose me, then I would go to the Devil himself and bless him for tempting ye to it."
And when Claire asked why Jamie agreed not to kill Jack Randall (a loathsome human who abused our dear Jamie) this is what he said: "...I want there to be a place for you; I want someone for you to go to if I am... not there to care for you. If it canna be me, then I would have it a man who loves you."
"Damn you, too, Claire Randall Fraser, while I'm at it!" he said. "Damn right I begrudge! I grudge every memory of yours that doesna hold me, and every tear ye've shed for another, and every second you spent in another man's bed! Damn you! You're mine, damn ye, Claire Fraser! Mine, and I wilna share ye, with a man or memory, or anything whatever, so long as we both shall live."
When Claire woke up in the middle of the night and Jamie wasn't asleep, Claire tells Jamie she loves him. Jamie replies: "I know it," he said quietly. "I do know it, my own. Let me tell ye in your sleep how much I love you. For there's no so much I can be saying to ye while ye wake, but the same poor words, again and again. While ye sleep in my arms, I can say things to ye that would be daft and silly waking, and your dreams will know the truth of them. Go back to sleep, mo duinne."
And just before Jamie sends Claire back: "I will find you," he whispered in my ear. "I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you - then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen, betrayed and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I stand before God, I shall have one thing to say to weigh against the rest. Lord, ye have given me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well."
End of spoilers! I can swoon now. But I have to continue a little more. Are you in love with Jamie yet? If not, please pick this book and see how his every gesture is swoon worthy.
As usual, Diana Gabaldon is wordy. Not that I complain, because every word and every page is a necessity to make such a wonderful story come alive right in front of your very eyes (or rather imagination).
Also, the ending is the best and worst cliffhanger ever! Best because I'm verra verra anxious to read the next and worst because it made me figuratively feel why endings like these are called cliffhangers. I felt like I've been dropped from a cliff.
To ye, Diana Gabaldon, thank you for the gift of Jamie.
And to ye, dear reader of this review (or rather narrative on how obsessed I am with Jamie), do yourself a favor, try and give yourself some Jamie loving. ♥...more
This read makes me feel again the magic which only Lisa Kleypas, herself, can ever deliver.
To prove a point, I utterly feel like a little girl, who haThis read makes me feel again the magic which only Lisa Kleypas, herself, can ever deliver.
To prove a point, I utterly feel like a little girl, who had a taste of sweet and irrisistable candy, which takes almost a day to finish. Well of course, being the selfish chit that I am, a taste is not enough. I have to finish the candy dry before I could resume my normal mode of living. And unfortunately, coming out of the trance, realizing that the candy is all gone, I feel disappointment. Disappointment, that I haven’t savored it before I devoured it whole. Plus, I feel like a clock out of wind. I feel malfunctioned. I had plenty of things to do which needed urgent attention, but this book became high priority. That is why reading is not healthy to do at the workplace. Fortunately, my boss isn’t snooping around to see.
To further prove a point, before finishing the book, these were my thoughts:
I've done a terribly horrendous mistake. And believe me, "terribly horrendous" is an understatement.
I woke up at 3 AM in the morning. I was quite restless but sleep somehow evaded me.
But dang! I made a mistake of reading the book in the wee hours of the morning.
I just wanted to read just a few pages. Just to get a head start. Maybe sleep would come easy. But what a mistake. I ended up reading more. And more. And a little more. I had trouble to actually get up at 6AM and go to work and leave precious McKenna. Oh my. I do have to mention that tears were endlessly streaming through my eyes.
I'm already halfway, but me rating it (5 stars) already, just means that I love the book sooo much.
Hope it ends just as well. :)
P.S. Books, which is a pageturner, like this must come with a warnings!
Just at the first chapter, I already had tears pouring on my cheeks and had gathered so many quotes. Take note, with just the first chapter alone.
And the ending did not disappoint me much either. It did get better. But it did disappoint me. Oh the torment! Why couldn’t they have just been honest from the very start? Why make us endure a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Plus to mention that, that would make the book even shorter and I would have been a little more productive today. But nah! It had to happen that way! Or else there wouldn’t have been the Kleypas magic to feel.
Again the Magic is so wonderfully beautiful. The book itself is a spell, sure to hook the reader and make one fall in love. It is indeed a wonderful love spell.
But aside from that, every word, every page, in short, the entire book is magic. And proves that even stable boys can be worthy of swooning for. ♥...more
For a classic, Jane Eyre is an easy read. The dialogues are simple and understandable, but still wonderfully beautiful. But despite its simplicity, JaFor a classic, Jane Eyre is an easy read. The dialogues are simple and understandable, but still wonderfully beautiful. But despite its simplicity, Jane Eyre, never lost its form in being a “classic”.
Jane Eyre, is written in autobiography form. Jane Eyre narrates vital points of her life, starting from her childhood, up to her adulthood.
The major characters are hideously described.
Despite Jane Eyre being described as simple and plain looking while, Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester described as a man with prominent nostrils(the description actually reminds me of a toro/bull) and this is hardly a romantic compliment:
”You are dumb, Miss Eyre.”
under all their physical hideousness and insulting comment about being dumb, lies a stunning and striking love story.
But what do these lovers have in common? Aside from their lacking of pleasant physical characteristics, there is almost nothing that connects them. Jane is as poor as one could be, while Mr. Rochester is overly rich. Jane is a plain governess, while Mr. Rochester owns lands. Jane is eighteen and Mr. Rochester is forty. My list could go on and on, just to point how different these two lovers are and on how they would not suit, but what is it that connects them? It is pure and undiluted love.
Spoilers ahead. Continue at your own peril.The story starts with Jane narrating her childhood. She has lost both her parents at an early age. She is forced to live under the cruel hand of her aunt, Mrs. Reed. But aside from Mrs. Reed, she also has to bear the brutal treatment brought about by her three cousins, namely, John, Eliza and Georgiana. But at one point, Jane decides to step up and strike back at her cousin John. Mrs. Reed then punishes her and sends her to the “red room” where the deceased Mr. Reed used to stay. She then sees a ghost and screams desperately for help. But it is thought that it was Jane’s strategy to escape punishment and she was left there alone. Seeing a ghost is actually very frightful, so Jane gets terribly sick. Mrs. Reed decides to dispose of Jane and send her to an orphan school called Lowood. Jane struggles to fit in at first, but ends up actually spending eight years of her life at Lowood, six years as a student and two as a teacher.
Jane then puts up an ad as a governess. Alice Fairfax, housekeeper at Thornfield Hall, answers her ad, and Jane ends up as governess to a child named Adele Varens, Mr. Rochester’s ward.
Jane has stayed at Thornfield for quite a long time without having met the owner of the house. One time, Jane decides to go for a walk. She stumbles upon a man needing her help. Of course she helps the man. And without her knowing, she finally meets Mr. Rochester for the first time.
At some point in the book, these two fall in love. Jane Eyre admits throughout her narration that she has fallen in love, wherein with Mr. Rochester, there are subtle hints. There is admission is the form as below:
"Because, I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you- especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, - you'd forget me."
But after a cat and mouse like chase and after Mr. Rochester’s employing certain strategy, which is to make jealousy an ally (he hints that he has desires to marry a certain Blanche Ingram, but it was actually a ploy), we come to a point where these two finally express how much they mean to each other and this encounter ends with a proposal.
But alas! Do not celebrate yet!
On the wedding day, someone objects to the union. Just before the vows of matrimony, a solicitor arrives and divulges that our Mr. Rochester is married!
This makes him sound like a complete bastard. Well, he sort of is. But we couldn’t blame the poor man. His wife, Bertha Mason is mad.
But our heroine, Jane Eyre is strong. Their love is pure. So instead of ending up as Mr. Rochester’s mistress, she flees Thornfield Hall and searches for life without him. She becomes a teacher at a province, manages to secure an inheritance and gains a family in the form of the Rivers siblings.
Perhaps you think I had forgotten Mr. Rochester, reader, amidst these changes of place and fortune. Not for a moment. His idea was still with me, because it was not a vapour sunshine could disperse, nor a sand-traced effigy storms could wash away; it was a name graven on a tablet, fated to last as long as the marble inscribed.
But of course, this Jane and Mr. Rochester’s love was fated to happen.
Jane, after receiving a marriage proposal from St. John Rivers, decides to search for Mr. Rochester and learn what has happened to him after her fleeing. She sees Thornfield, or rather what’s left of it after a fire. She inquires at the hotel and learns that Mr. Rochester has lost sight and has lost a hand. But still, she runs to him.
…if you wish me to love you, could you but see how much I DO love you. You would be proud and content. All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.
Despite the added imperfections of Mr. Rochester’s appearance and the burden of having to take care of him, Jane Eyre still loves him and accepts him with open arms. But of course, Mr. Rochester is hesitant.
"I am no better than the old lightning-struck chestnut-tree in Thornfield orchard," he remarked ere long. "And what right would that ruin have to bid a budding woodbine cover its decay with freshness?"
"You are no ruin, sir — no lightning-struck tree: you are green and vigorous. Plants will grow about your roots, whether you ask them or not, because they take delight in your bountiful shadow; and as they grow they will lean towards you, and wind round you, because your strength offers them so safe a prop."
As I said Jane Eyre is a strong woman. She handled strife and whether it was unbearable, she managed it. And she can handle Mr. Rochester.
"Mr. Rochester, if ever I did a good deed in my life — if ever I thought a good thought — if ever I prayed a sincere and blameless prayer — if ever I wished a righteous wish, — I am rewarded now. To be your wife is, for me, to be as happy as I can be on earth."
Jane Eyre deserves her happy ending. Thank goodness she got it in the end. :)...more