Happy Monday Everyone!
I just finished reading this amazing book, and I couldn’t wait to share it all with you. One of my most favorite classics is Jane Eyre, and when I stumbled upon this book, I knew I just had to read it! Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker, takes the story of Jane Eyre and tells it from Mr. Rochester’s point of view.
The book description was taken from the Goodreads website:
“A deft and irresistible retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s beloved classic Jane Eyre–from the point of view of the dashing, mysterious Mr. Rochester himself.
For 170 years, Edward Fairfax Rochester has stood as one of literature’s most complex and captivating romantic heroes. Sometimes cruel, sometimes tender, Jane Eyre’s mercurial master at Thornfield Hall has mesmerized, beguiled, and, yes, baffled fans of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece for generations. But his own story has never been told.
We first meet this brilliant, tormented hero as a motherless boy roaming Thornfield’s lonely corridors. On the morning of Edward’s eighth birthday, his father issues a decree: He is to be sent away to get an education, exiled from all he ever loved. Young Edward’s journey will take him across working-class England and the decadence of continental Europe before he lands on the warm, languid shores of faraway Jamaica, where his inheritance lies.
That island, however, holds secrets of its own, and Edward soon grows entangled in morally dubious business dealings and a passionate, whirlwind love affair with the town’s ravishing heiress, Bertha Antoinetta Mason. Eventually, in the wake of a devastating betrayal, Edward must return to England with his increasingly unstable wife to take over as master of Thornfield. And it is there, on a twilight ride, that he meets the stubborn, plain young governess who will steal his heart and teach him how to love again.
MR. ROCHESTER is a sweeping coming-of-age story and a stirring tale of adventure, romance, and deceit. Faithful in every particular to Brontë’s original yet full of unexpected twists and riveting behind-the-scenes drama, this novel will completely, deliciously, and forever change how we read and remember Jane Eyre.”
What I really loved about this book, is that you got to learn more about Mr. Rochester’s character. You also get to see his thoughts behind some of the best scenes in Jane Eyre and why he was acting like a butt butt in some of those scenes. If you have read Jane Eyre, you know that after a secret comes out she leaves Thornfield and Mr. Rochester behind, and than you get to continue on Jane’s journey. But with this book, you get to see how Jane leaving affected Rochester and what he did with his time while she was away.
If you are a fan of Jane Eyre than you need to not waste another minute, and you need to read this book. I loved this book, and it will definitely have an effect on how I see the story Jane Eyre when I read it again.
Go discover another side of Mr. Rochester my fellow readers!