Publication Date: October 11, 2010
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)
Summary: Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a job as a nanny at Thornfield Park, the estate of Mico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is tested by a torturous secret from his past.
Lindner began with a relatively original idea. Although modernizing classics has become ever-popular, she chose to remake Jane Eyre into a romance for a rock star. I was thrilled that this wasn't another teen vampire romance novel, and I applaud Lindner for her creativity. In addition, I have not read the original Jane Eyre (I know, tragic), but I suspect if it ended the same way this novel did I wouldn't like it very much.
This was a typical tale about an ordinary girl who meets a fantastic man (seemingly much older, which I did have a slight problem with. I had a very hard time believing the two fell in love, but I suppose it could happen). Their love is forbidden, although it didn't seem too dangerous or secretive to me. The deadly secret from Nico's past that would come back to haunt him was enchanting. I was impressed with the way Lindner kept the whole story a secret until the right time to reveal the story presented itself. She had me guessing the whole way through the novel.
I fell in love with Maddy, Nico's daughter, whom Jane was originally hired to take care of. She took her to school, played with her, and fed her every day. Maddy was a delightful character who was portrayed well. She was a young girl who knew her power, and was manipulative over her father's small willpower. She demanded gifts, but in a way that wasn't "bossy child" and more "child who misses her father, but still wants her souvenir." She also was a normal girl that liked to play dress up and going to play dates with her friends.
Lindner did an excellent job of writing this story, and I truly enjoyed reading it. The only problem I had with it could potentially by Charlotte Bronte's fault. I have no idea. So I suppose next on my list shall be Jane Eyre.