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My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand
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Everyone knows the story of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The poor little orphan who fell in love with the tortured Mr. Rochester and eventually got her happily ever after. Or do they? What if Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte were besties and got involved with a ghost hunting society? What if Mr. Rochester isn’t Eyre’s destiny but something quite bigger? What if the story we all know so well never happened? Cynthia Hand asks that in more in her whimsical reimagining of Jane Eyre. Using Jane Eyre as the main focus with various other classics, Hand creates a piece of comedic historical fiction that will leave you giggling as she leads you down the rabbit hole to gothic Victorian London.

Jane and Charlotte were raised in a school for the poor together though Jane is a few years older. Able to see and commune with the dead and fearing the consequences from that, Jane leaves the school, having accepted a governess’ position in the mysterious Mr. Rochester’s home. Oh yes, let’s not forget her trusty companion, Helen, who is a ghost, tags along with her. Alexander Blackwood is a ghost hunter for the crown. Alex uses his career to get rid of ghosts while searching for his father’s killer. Having seen Jane’s gift, Alex, along with Charlotte and her brother, head to her new job to offer her a job hunting ghosts with him. Adventures Ahoy, the wit and snark are a joy to behold as you watch this foursome attempt to navigate high society while trying to discover who is haunting Mr. Rochester and convince Jane to come home with them. I adored them all through the story and love how Hand managed to incorporate just enough bits and pieces from the original tale to keep you on track while allowing her imagination free rein. I am looking forward to book three of the series.
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Reading Progress

June 1, 2018 – Shelved
June 1, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
June 1, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
June 1, 2018 – Shelved as: review-for-smexybooks
June 28, 2018 – Started Reading
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August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: violence
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: supernatural-elements
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: series
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2018
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: humor
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: historical
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: e-book
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: edelweiss
August 31, 2018 – Shelved as: drama-llama

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Tori Such a fun book.


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