Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Book review number one, a favourite of mine and a classic.

For those who are not familiar with the book, Jane Eyre is the story of a girl who is orphaned. At the beginning of the novel she lived with her Aunt, Mrs Reed and her two cousins. The nook starts with Jane at the age of 10, she is the outsider within the family who must remain submissive to their wishes.

When Jane stands up to the family when reading a book she shouldn’t have, Jane is sentenced to time in ‘The Red Room’, this is where Jane’s uncle died. Unhappy with her behaviour, Jane is then sent off to school.

We next find Jane at Lowood school, where her experience is rough getting into the routine alongside the death of her only friend there but we witness Jane grow up and excel within the school and becomes a teacher there, after successful time within Lowood, Jane then makes the decision to advertise.

Jane’s advert is responded to by the Thornfield Residence and Jane is hired to teach Adele. The store then leads to Jane en-route to delivery a letter, when on this journey, Jane encounters a horseman who has fallen off his horse due to adver weather conditions, unaware to Jane, this is her boss, Mt Rochester.

The remainder of the story goes on to show her bond with Mr Rochester grow and the unveiling of the secrets he has been hiding, with the inevitable happy ending.

I didn’t want to go into too much description regarding the book, especially the relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester, especially if anyone of you out there are remarkably like myself and love the special relationship they hold. There is no way for me to give their relationship a better description than the book itself.

The book is also made better with the addition of Mr Rochester’s, other, leading lady: Bertha. She is a thrilling character who causes the friction between all the characters living in Thornfield causing Jane to doubt and question other members of staff.

And who doesn’t love a psychotic woman who wanders round the corridors setting wedding dresses on fire? Personally, I love a good thriller.

Despite the book being a classic and dating back so far it is such a good representation of relationships even by today’s standards as the Bronte was not scared of going against the social norms for the time period this is set. You find in relationships that everyone has something they are hiding and it is inevitable these will eventually reveal themselves.

Also, if you are a strong believer in Karma, Mr Rochester gets some punishment for the crimes he has committed but he still gets the happy ending he wishes for.

I understand some readers may be discouraged due to the length of the book and some of the language included in this but if you are a hopeless romantic and a fan of Cinderella, this is definitely worth a read.

Favourite Quote – “I am a free bird and no net ensnares me.” – Jane Eyre.

Rating – 4/5


Please leave me your feedback and let me know what you thought of the book and my review on this, if you think I should be more detailed please let me know and I will be sure to take on any comments and suggestions.

– Enjoy –



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