by Cynthia Hand Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester—and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she?
Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
I sped through My Plain Jane [MPJ]. It was fun and lighthearted. Clearly the authors don’t take themselves too seriously.
The entire idea is an interesting concept. I rather like Jane Eyre and I feel Ms. Hand, Ms. Ashton, and Ms. Meadows did her and Charlotte Brontë right with MPJ.
The relationships are fun, if sometimes rather awkward for those involved. The authors poking fun at the conventions of the day was fabulous.
The authors get some extra cool points for various pop culture references, including a brilliant Harry Potter reference. High five, ladies.
The ending wrapped everything up nicely, despite leaving a large opening for a sequel I doubt we’ll get.
I read MPJ out of order as I didn’t realize it was part of a series, but as the books are stand-alone, it doesn’t matter. I look forward to reading book 1, My Lady Jane, next.
Overall, great read. I highly recommend it.
About the Authors
Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novel THE HOW AND THE WHY (Fall 2019). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with a husband who’s addicted to typewriters, two kids, two cats, one crazy dog, and a entourage of imaginary friends.
Because of two parents who were Greek myth geeks, I grew up thinking the latest fashion trends were inspired by Aphrodite, and a good conversational opener was, “So, which mythological character do you most resemble?” Despite these social shortcomings, I found a great husband who’s always my first reader. We live in Utah with our two young boys, who still have no idea why I’m at the computer all the time.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy, the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology, and the FALLEN ISLES Trilogy (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of MY LADY JANE (HarperTeen). She lives in rural Virginia.
Disclaimer: This review is based on an eBook I purchased from Amazon on December 10, 2018.