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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Istoria Books (September 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615858554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615858555
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews


... inspired by Jane Eyre, SLOANE HALL contains a similar plot with a few surprising twists. ....--well worth reading.  Robin Lee --Romance Reviews Today

"An inverted re-visioning of the classic Jane Eyre story, now set in the Silver Screen Era, Libby Sternberg's compelling novel combines passion and brilliant storytelling--an addictive read!" --Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Vertigo

"This tale of hearts broken by passion will keep you turning the pages long after bedtime." --Dorothy Francis, author of Eden Palms Murder

"Fans of historical fiction and Jane Eyre in particular will relish this novel, and readers who enjoy a love story should definitely pick this one up." Katherine Peterson --Fresh Fiction --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Libby Sternberg is the author of teen mysteries and women's fiction. Her first teen mystery, UNCOVERING SADIE'S SECRETS, was an Edgar nominee, while her historical teen mystery, THE CASE AGAINST MY BROTHER, has been called "taut, vivid and stirring" by Library Journal. Her historical adult mystery, DEATH IS THE COOL NIGHT, is available exclusively on Kindle, while her women's fiction book SLOANE HALL (inspired by JANE EYRE) is published by Five Star.

Writing under the name LIBBY MALIN, she is the author of humorous women's fiction, including the books LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT, FIRE ME, and MY OWN PERSONAL SOAP OPERA.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she holds two degrees from a music conservatory and attended the summer music school at Fontainebleau, France. After graduating, she sang with opera and choral groups in the Baltimore-Washington area. When she lived in Vermont, she was active in education reform, served on the Vermont Commission on Women and contributed occasional commentaries to Vermont Public Radio.

The mother of three children, she lives with her husband in Lancaster, PA.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Traxy on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Sloane Hall" turns a familiar novel on its head - it's based on Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre". Jane is a man (John) and Mr. Rochester is a woman (Miss Sloane). There is no Adèle equivalent to look after, so instead, John is a chauffeur. He is also very different from Jane Eyre. While he too has a Tragic Past, his Lowood is no school for orphans, it's a correctional facility for young boys, where the equivalent of Helen Burns isn't so much bullied by a grown-up but in fact physically and sexually abused. Welcome to a world even grittier than that of the Brontës!

Regardless of his anger issues, John does seem to be a fairly likeable man, however, and when he first meets Pauline Sloane, she definitely echoes Mr. Rochester beautifully, even though she's a lot harder to like than our Byronic darling. Even less charming is Pauline's manager, Robbie Morgan. If ever there was a character you'd happily trap in the Red Room, it's him!

If you think you know what's going to happen, because you know the original, you have another thing coming. The twists and turns of this novel, while inspired by "Jane Eyre", are not there to accommodate Brontë's original and just plonk it down in 1920s Hollywood. Sternberg has created a story in its own right. It echoes "Jane Eyre", but crucially, it ISN'T "Jane Eyre". John isn't Jane, Pauline isn't Edward, and I think that's why it works. To just do a gender reversal wouldn't have made for half as interesting a story. It's a fresh take and it's well-written and well worth a read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adina Bernstein on October 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There are alot of writers who attempt to write fanfiction or updates of classic novels that will make fans want to forget they read the books and make the original writers (If they are not dead) spin in their graves.

Ms. Sternberg's book, thankfully is not one of them.

Charlotte Bronte's classic Victorial novel, Jane Eyre is transplanted to 1920's Hollywood, the genders of characters have been switched. John Doyle (Jane) is a young man out of a reform school who finds a job as a chauffer to actress Pauline Sloane (Mr. Rochester). They are attracted to one another, but secrets and her past threatens

Ms. Sternberg keeps to original plot of Jane Eyre, but keeps it fresh and interesting, regardless of whether the reader has or has not read the original.

My only qualm is that the jacket of the book says YA and I would not characterize this book as YA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Rose on December 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A retelling of Jane Eyre, Sloane Hall tries hard to pay homage to the old classic, but in my opinion comes off as a shabby retelling that recreates each of Bronte's characters at their worst.

I did enjoy the new setting of the story - old Hollywood when "talkies" were coming onto the scene. Jane Eyre becomes John Doyle, a 21 year old trying to do camerawork in Hollywood. Hollywood as a good backdrop as to why the new Rochester (Eleanor Brickman/Pauline Sloane) was having such difficulties. I was enjoying the book (enough to give it 3 stars) up until the wedding scene - then I thought the book fell flat and disappointed, and as a result I only gave it 2 stars. The 2-part big reveal wasn't a big reveal at all, it was kind of a let down, and you only needed the second reveal (that Marta drops), not the first reveal that Robbie tells.

In all, it was an admirable effort. But John was too unforgiving and too angry - he always felt like he had something to prove, yet he wasn't strong enough to stand up to Robbie or Eleanor. Marta, who sees so much but did nothing to help Eleanor escape the clutches of her abuse or Robbie. And Julia - a character that wasn't necessary for the story to move forward at all.

I also think the story would have been better if told from the third person as opposed to John's point of view. I feel like we missed a lot of the story - Eleanor's story mainly - by just being told things from John's point. We only were able to view things (and Eleanor) as he saw them, and I would have liked to know more of what she was thinking, how she truly felt about Robbie, Marta and John.

I'm a fan of strongly developed characters, and I didn't feel like John or Eleanor were strongly developed. I think if the author didn't feel the necessity to stick so closely to Jane Eyre, and used it as a light inspiration instead of a retelling (and regendered), Sloane Hall would have been better.
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Format: Hardcover
Wow, Ms. Sternberg has done a wonderful job with Sloane Hall and it's ability to transport me back into time, into the 1920s. I don't know much about this era, but her book feels real to me and I felt like I was in that time, when movies changed from silent to spoken word and how big a change that really was. I honestly thought it was no big deal, but when you think about how much acting had to go into movies without sound it's really impressive. So the setting and the time were done beautifully and I loved this setting.

I will now confess that I have not read Jane Eyre (but will remedy that soon) so I don't know about the parallels to Sloane Hall. I do know that John is a tortured hero, he falls for Pauline but she continues to hurt him no matter what he does and there are some similarities between John's mom and Pauline's behavior that make John want to stay far from Pauline, but he can't. I loved the tortured soul part of it and both characters John and Pauline are tortured in different ways. But not so much that the book becomes unbearable to read, just enough that you feel for both characters trying to change and John trying to change Pauline. The characters are well-written and well-developed. They moved the story along and they were interesting. They were the ones that kept me turning pages. Would John still love Pauline, would she change, what would happen next.

There were even very unexpected things for me in the plot, I won't give those away because I want you to be surprised as well. The surprises work beautifully to move the story along and create more character growth for John.

What else can I say - Ms. Sternberg has a winner in this novel and I am thrilled I got a chance to read and review it. She writes beautiful, tortured characters, puts you right in the time frame and crafts an amazing story around all of it. Wonderful job and a wonderful book - give it a try and see for yourself.
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