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Mr. Rochester

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,732 ratings  ·  639 reviews
A gorgeous, deft literary retelling of Charlotte Bronte's beloved Jane Eyre—through the eyes of the dashing, mysterious Mr. Rochester himself.

"Reader, she married me."

For one hundred seventy years, Edward Fairfax Rochester has stood as one of literature's most romantic, most complex, and most mysterious heroes. Sometimes haughty, sometimes tender-professing his love for Ja
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those that like classics, high romance
Recommended to Jaidee by: discovered on Goodreads
Shelves: five-stars-books
5 "Dear Reader- I adore Edward Fairfax Rochester" stars !!

4th Favorite Read of 2017 (Tie)

I came to Jane Eyre very late in life at the age of 42 (2013) and simply loved that novel. Like Ms. Eyre I fell madly in love with Mr. Rochester. I had read Wide Sargasso Sea ( a prequel to Jane Eyre written in the 1960s by Jean Rhys) about 26 years ago and am re-reading currently to see if it is as magical to me now as it was at the age of 20.

I was ecstatic when I found out that a book had come out depict
Let's hear it for some Brontë fan fiction!

Mr. Rochester is a historical novel that tells the story of Jane Eyre from Edward Rochester's point of view. I love JE, so when I saw this book on the New Fiction shelf at the library, I took a chance and checked it out. I was curious to see how the author handled such a beloved work of English literature.

Answer: She did OK! My favorite part of the book was the first half, showing Edward's childhood and his early experiences in business and romance. His
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Eyre fans
Shelves: netgalley
Dear Sarah Shoemaker,
Thank you! You're awesome! May the bestsellers list reign down upon you!

A few months back I think one of my Goodsreads pals was reviewing this book and it sent me racing over to the NetGalley page to request this book. But I made myself wait until May to read it because as happens, book anxiety set in and I chewed my fingernails nervously worried that I just wouldn't like it. Truth is- I didn't like it! I LOVED IT! This was so much better than Wide Sargasso Sea, a stat
K. Elizabeth
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who loved Jane Eyre!
I received this novel off NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not persuade my opinion of the novel.

3 stars

Let me first say, this was not a bad book - not by any means - so don't be deterred to read it because of my average rating. This novel was well written, it had everything that was important to include in a decent read (likable characters, smooth writing, good story, etc.), but yet, it was just so ... boring.

I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood to read it, however, fro
Diana | Book of Secrets
4.5 Stars — I spent my summer with Mr. Edward Rochester, and it was lovely. I received an eBook copy from the publisher through NetGalley, though I listened to most of it on audio from the library. (Wonderful narration by Simon Shepherd!)

MR. ROCHESTER is an engrossing tale about Jane Eyre's Gothic hero, a re-imagining from his point of view, but mostly about his life leading up to Jane. The writing is gorgeous, and I feel like it is complementary to the original.

Edward is sent away to school a
Retired Reader
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best I’ve read all year! The Jane Eyre story, but from Edward Rochester’s point of view. It spans from his childhood through the story of Jane, and we finally know the in-depth details of his first marriage, his ward Adele, and so on. Brilliant!
Dannii Elle
When I discovered this was a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre from the perspective of the infamous anti-hero, Edward Fairfox Rochester, I was equal parts as dubious as I was excited. How could a modern writer compare to one of the most infamous authors of all-time? Within a few pages every doubt and fear were assuaged and I was convinced that this was a writer who could do both the original author, and her world-renowned characters, justice.

This is, as the title suggests, the life story
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because I enjoyed the first half of the book so much. The author remained very true to Brontë’s Jane Eyre and even managed to incorporate aspects of Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea. I have to admire that!

The first half of the book, dealing with Edward Fairfax Rochester’s life before he meets his Jane, was the most enjoyable for me. I loved the back-story that Ms. Shoemaker created for him—the vulnerable, sensitive little boy who missed his mother and was ignored by his father.
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I’ve nothing against Charlotte Bronte, but Jane Eyre is not my favorite classic. Jane’s marital struggles hit too close to home and I find that I am more inclined to reference the novel in jest than I am to recommend its contents. All things considered, I probably should have avoided Sarah Shoemaker’s Mr. Rochester, but the novel’s premise proved too intriguing to ignore. I was curious and there was simply no end to the ques
Sheila Goicea
Release date 05/09/2017

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

DNFing at 30%

Man, I'm not having much luck lately.

I was a mix of nervous excitement when this book popped up on Netgalley. Seeing how Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all times , naturally, I thought this concept was enticing, because, who doesn't like the idea of delving into Mr. Rochester's complex mind from his own point of view!

However, that doesn't go without saying that
Elizabeth George
I enjoyed the heck out of this book. The author maintains Mr. Rochester's voice beautifully, and both time and place are beautifully rendered. The story is entirely Mr. Rochester's, covering his life from childhood to "Reader, I married her," with Jane Eyre coming along in the last quarter of the book. Bertha's madness is completely believable and authentically dealt with. It was a total pleasure to read. ...more
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Grand Central, via a Goodreads giveaway in May of this year. I am sorry that I continue to be so far behind on my giveaway wins, but I am resolved to give each one an honest review.

I am actually in two minds about this book. I am a feminist who has read and loved Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys' Jane Eyre re-telling from the point of view of Rochester's wife in the attic who was denied her name. She was also denied her name in this book. She s
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte while in high school and loved it. I still do. I love that Jane is a governess. I love that she starts out with a tough childhood and over time finds contentment. I love the grumpy Mr. Rochester and how Jane affects him... So, as an occasional reader of (Jane Austen) fan fiction, when I saw Mr. Rochester listed on NetGalley, I jumped (a mile high) at the chance to read it in exchange for an honest review! (On the down side, I can’t include any quotes from t ...more
Dec 16, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Could it be?

Could it really be that someone, whom I will probably nominate for sainthood, wrote a book about Mr. Rochester?  photo 0d5e0cf87748219cf35df94f8fdbb8ce_zps55oqgkrm.gif

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I have a mighty need for this book. Ohhhh my gosh you have no idea how much I need it right now. I will sell my soul to the devil for this book.


If this turns out anything like Wide Sargasso Sea, I will lose it AND I WILL RAGE.

:Hulk smashes the ground beneath her and awakens the God of the Underworld. 5 minutes later...:

We now will r
Perfectly competent. I’m sorry that that’s the best I can say of it after 400+ pages, but there it is. She did, at least at first, capture the rhythms of 19th century prose in a way that deeply reassured me. She has clearly done research and gotten many historical details right. There is no prose or moment here that is ridiculous or out of left field- but you know how Lizzy tells Darcy when they’re talking about character faults he might have that they can make fun of and he tells her that he’s ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Sarah Shoemaker's first novel Mr. Rochester retells the story of Jane Eyre from the point of view of its hero. Readers are offered a richly imagined look into Rochester's life before Jane. Under Shoemaker's hand, the brusque, tempestuous hero is transformed into a innocent child, a victim of his father's cold calculations, a naive lover, and a man determined to do the right thing. Shoemaker gives us a kinder and more lovable Rochester.

The novel is told in the first person, and linear in time, a
Jessica Wolf
This didn't work. I desperately wanted it to; Jane Eyre is probably my favorite novel. I was eager to read her story from the perspective of Rochester but I think that's where this book's failure lies: this story is Jane's story and no one else's. It just doesn't work from the perspective of Rochester.

Though Shoemaker tried to mirror this novel and Jane Eyre in the backstory section and Thornfield section, it only felt bloated and then kinda silly. Rochester loving Jane isn't as groundbreaking
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
2.5 stars. This is marketed as the "untold" story of Mr. Rochester (the male lead of "Jane Eyre"), but beyond the tenderness of the childhood sections I struggled to see what part of this story hadn't already been captured in Brontë's original tale. Shoemaker is a capable writer, but her Rochester is bland - there's nothing poetic, crotchety, or gregarious about him. He's just a rather boring man who happens to live an interesting life. So even though there are some positive aspects of this nove ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I have very mixed feelings about this book and yet I am glad I've read it. A book like this is always going to come with some trepidation as JANE EYRE is my favourite book and a re-take on that concept definitely carries a risk. What appealed to me about the concept of MR ROCHESTER was the idea of his point of view but from childhood to what we know. I definitely felt frustration over how long it took to catch a glimpse of Jane Eyre and I am positive I won't be alone in this. The book had engagi ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As most people who will choose to pick up this book, I am a fan of Jane Eyre and any other book written by the Bronte sisters. They have a way of clutching my emotions and drawing me into their stories as if they were reality. That being said, I have always wondered a bit about Mr Rochester. He and Jane's attraction for one another has been a bit of a mystery to me, so I thought it would be intriguing to read his point of view.

Mirroring Jane's own journey, this novel begins with Edward as a smal
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was kinda slow going but I liked it, cant help but love Rochester even his faults.
I hate Mr. Rochester -- as in the version from Jane Eyre. I've never understood how some readers find him charming, dreamy, whatever. He's an ass. He's a 40-year-old man who keeps his crazy wife in the attic (sure, sure, because of reasons), toys with the emotions of poor teenage Jane (not to mention Blanche Ingram), then tries to marry her without telling her that he's already married. I hate that Jane actually goes back to him. Ew.

Ms. Shoemaker's version of Rochester (Call me Edward!) starts
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I discovered this book on Instagram and I couldn’t believe my eyes, I was a bit worried that it could ruin the image I had of Mr. Rochester or the story of Charlotte Bronte. Let me be clear, Edward Fairfax Rochester is my favorite male character from the Victorian literature, at least from what I’ve read til now. And after reading Sarah Shoemaker’s novel, things will probably stay that way.

I loved the book, and for the 2nd time in my life, the same story, the same characters kept me awake t
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was truly "okay" as the two star rating suggests. It is a pleasant enough read, but I was disappointed by how bland this version of Edward Fairfax Rochester seemed by contrast to his electric, if problematic, personality in Jane Eyre. I never saw the intense, gothic, mercurial figure I remember from the original novel. Shoemaker instead crafts an apologia, with Rochester portrayed as a nice guy done wrong by the world and always striving to do the right thing. So much more could have been don ...more
j n g
Dear Mr. Rochester–

My name is Janille N G and we first became acquainted eight years ago. I do not expect you to remember me, as I am sure you meet many new people each year, most specifically young women. We have, however, rekindled our acquaintance multiple times over the course of the last eight years, and I have thought of you, and indeed of your dear wife Jane, often. I have particularly been thinking of you both this past year, and it is with this in mind that I decided to write you this l
Jenny Jo Weir
My oh my! What a wonderful read. Such a heartfelt story. I loved being submersed into his life and feeling like I was going through this journey with him. Written splendidly and hooked me from the very start. LOVED IT.
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Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books – so much so that I collect copies as though I’m afraid that they will expire and vanish from the shelves. I have beautiful hardback copies that I keep for reading at home, battered thrift store copies that I give away with wild abandon, and a copy in my stash of emergency supplies in case of earthquake or zombie attack.

So I greet a book like Mr. Rochester, which retells the story from Mr. Rochester’s point of view,
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like many had to read Jane Eyre for school. I liked it well enough. I was especially interested when a teacher told me about Wide Sargasso Sea, which i enjoyed. I stumbled upon this book-i have never been fascinated by Mr Rochester like others seem to be about Mr Darcy so i've never read anything else about him-but i thought the author had a good plot direction based on thr inside flap.

I really loved this book!! I would hold this book up in the triumvirate of Jane Eyre lit (JE, WSS, and this o
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Pulled in by the gorgeous cover and the enticement of being able to finally view the world through the eyes of Edward Fairfax Rochester, I was excited for this read.

Upon opening I discovered this is written in 3 books (parts), each being broken up into his life from childhood through the grand finale of happily ever after with Jane. I can appreciate the similarities to the order in which the story is presented following along Charlotte Bronte's own Jane Eyre. The first book covers his
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read “Jane Eyre”, I could not understand why Jane fell in love with Mr. Rochester. I picked up this book hoping to understand “the why”. To tell the truth, I still do not know “the why” after completed reading. I really feel sorry for Bertha. (I need to read her story with “Wide Sargusso Sea” by Jean Rhys next!!) Edward was very vulnerable and sensitive when he was a small boy. His father’s neglect made the future Mr. Rochester who is arrogant and enigmatic in a way due to his lack of con ...more
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Sarah Shoemaker grew up in a suburb of Chicago and now lives in a little village in northern Michigan. When she was in the third grade, she knew she wanted to be a writer, but it has been a long and circuitous path to get there. She has been a teacher, a wife, a stay-at-home mom, a librarian and, finally, a published writer.
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