From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up—In this modern take on Charlotte Brontë's classic romance, Jane Moore has just withdrawn from Sarah Lawrence as her parents have passed on without leaving any money. She accepts a job as a nanny, working for Nico Rathburn, a famous rock star, at his home, Thornfield Park. She plans on earning enough money to finish her schooling. Despite being incredibly practical and emotionally reserved, Jane falls for the bad-boy celebrity, and he for her. After she accepts his marriage proposal, the little oddities at Thornfield Park are pieced together to form a big problem for their new love. Jane flees from her fiancé and must decide for herself whether she can accept the problem or live without Mr. Rathburn's love. The relationship builds almost out of nowhere but emerges as a passionate romance. Lindner's love story delivers an entrancing star-crossed relationship, and it is not necessary to be familiar with the original to enjoy it. A few plot elements seem a little unnecessary to readers not familiar with Jane Eyre
, but exist to satisfy those who expect them. In any event, this is a great "gateway read" to interest teens in the original novel and other classics by the Brontë sisters or Jane Austen.—Emily Chornomaz, West Orange Public Library, NJ
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After her parents die, 19-year-old Jane Moore is forced to leave college to work until she has saved enough money to finish her degree. Taking a position as a nanny, she begins to care for Maddy, the daughter of Nico Rathburn, an aging rock star attempting a comeback. Her quiet personality is at odds with her new life, with its luxurious estate, glamorous groupies, and late-night screams and terrifying wanderings from the mysterious inhabitants of a spooky third floor. Even without its parallels to Jane Eyre, Lindner’s debut offers a fascinating, fantastical story line of secrets and star-crossed love. Along with a clear sense of Charlotte Brontë’s classic, Lindner demonstrates an organic understanding of rock culture, and with sensitivity and nuanced detail, she portrays its over-the-top lifestyle, even as she presents its inhabitants as likable and sympathetic. Set against a vivid, well-drawn, contemporary world, this is a compelling adaptation of an ageless romance that remains one of the great classics of high-school literature. Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn