As an orphan, Jane's childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess in a house full of secrets, for a passionate man she grows more and more attracted to, ultimately forces Jane to call on all her resources in order to hold on to her beliefs.
Never fails to reconnect me to the spirit of real romance… Timeless story… Every page throbs with passion.
After all these years, it’s the emotions we most respond to in Jane Eyre… This is also a novel about intellectual growth, written by a fiercely intelligent writer… She has a formidable brain as well as a strongly beating heart, and so it will still seem another 100 years from now.
Wonderful, teasing… That her great novel of wish-fulfilment is still widely devoured is the supreme happy ending.
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