Monday, June 28, 2010

2 Jane Eyre's Daughter by Elizabeth Newark





** spoiler alert ** "With Jane Austen sequels proliferating, it's about time someone created a sequel to Austen's rival Charlotte Brontë!

In this sequel to Jane Eyre, young Janet Rochester is consigned to Highcrest Manor and the guardianship of the strict Colonel Dent while her parents journey to the West Indies. As she struggles to make a life for herself guided by their ideals, she is caught up in the mysteries of Highcrest.

Why is the East Wing forbidden to her? What lies behind lock...more "With Jane Austen sequels proliferating, it's about time someone created a sequel to Austen's rival Charlotte Brontë!

In this sequel to Jane Eyre, young Janet Rochester is consigned to Highcrest Manor and the guardianship of the strict Colonel Dent while her parents journey to the West Indies. As she struggles to make a life for herself guided by their ideals, she is caught up in the mysteries of Highcrest.

Why is the East Wing forbidden to her? What lies behind locked gates? And what is the source of the voices she hears in the night? Can she trust the enigmatic Roderick Landless or should she transfer her allegiance to the suave and charming Sir Hugo Calendar?

Riding her mare on the Yorkshire moors, holding her own with Colonel Dent, or waltzing at her first ball, Janet is a strong and sympathetic character, and like her mother, she will need all her courage ..."
---From Back Cover

Sequels are very hard to pull off, especially when the original story author is deceased. Some authors you wonder if they even read the original book. Others try to remain true to the author. Elizabeth Newark did a fair job staying true. Some of the story mirrored Jane Eyre while other parts reminded me of other books.

What I liked: Janet Rochester is a likeable character, who is coming of age. Newark brings in characters of the original story, i.e. the Ingrams. Other characters have a mystery that surrounds them. You are left wondering what their intentions. There is a mystery that surrounds Highcrest almost in the same way of Jane Eyre with Thornfield.
Elizabeth Newark description of the countryside is picturesque.

What I didn't like: I did not like Newton's character discription of Jane Eyre. She makes her out to be a cold and jealous. She showed more love to Adele than her own daughter. I also didn't like the incestuous undertones. I could do without those.

All in all the book was okay. It was not as mysterious and Jane Eyre but the story was not boring either.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for writing a great review, I look forward to reading more of your book reviews as well.
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    Eloise
    Mommy2TwoGirls
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  2. I tried to read this one a few years ago. I didn't get very far before giving up. Like you, I didn't like how Jane Eyre was portrayed. Her characterization didn't seem anything like the Jane Eyre from the original. Great review!

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