Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books.  I go back to read it every few years, as the urge strikes.  Whether for good or bad, I’m a sucker for classic stories that have a romantic twist to them.  This book fits that description, but it’s more complex than your typical love story.

Jane Eyre is an orphan who endures a fair amount of misfortune in her life, yet she takes advantage of the opportunities that come her way.  By getting a good education, she is able to strike off into the world to start her own life.  She ends up as governess for a ward of Mr. Rochester, her eventual love interest.  Through some fairly radical circumstances, Jane and Mr. Rochester are separated, but eventually true love wins out, and they are reunited.  I have omitted a lot of the story, but this gives you the main gist of it.

The main characters in this book have a richness and depth that makes them truly lovable.  As you read, you actually begin to care about what happens to them.  I suppose that’s the mark of a good writer–they make you care about the subject matter.  Jane is the underdog, and you will probably find yourself rooting for her success fairly early on.

It’s satisfying to see a plain and rather ordinary heroine triumph over life’s adversities and find happiness in her relationships, as well.  If only real life were so simple.

If you’re a lady who enjoys a good romantic story, Jane Eyre may be right up your alley.  Let me know what you think of it!

 

Possible Objections:

  1. God is mentioned several times.  This book is definitely written with a Christian worldview in mind.  Even if you’re not a Christian, there is enough substance to the story to keep you interested.
  2. The language is rather challenging, if you’re not used to reading classical literature.  Keep a dictionary nearby, and be patient with yourself.  If you stick with it, you’ll eventually get the hang of interpreting this old-fashioned language.  🙂

Rating: 5 Stars

 

Until next time…

Lori

 

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