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Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of the New York Times best-selling My Lady Jane are back with an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre - a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester - and, listener, she marries him. Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions in this standalone follow-up to My Lady Jane, which was called “an utter delight” (ALA Booklist, starred review), and “an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

©2018 Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Delightful Sequel!

I know people have issues with this book, and I did to at first. At first, it was slow and stuck really close to Jane Eyre. But they used that to their advantage. I was stuck on the fact that the romance and Jane were so bad. However, that was the entire point! Then when I realized that at the turn on the book, I loved the book! Charlotte is a girl after my own heart! The ghosts were so interesting and a humorous part of the story! I suggest you give this a chance, do not give up! This is another amazing book!!

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Wonderfully entertaining

This was thoroughly enjoyable. I love Jane Eyre and these authors honor that classic novel by being (mostly) true to the storyline while simultaneously weaving it into another story completely. Both Jane and her friend Charlotte Bronte get swept up in this tale which is loaded with ghosts, murder, revenge, love, friendship, and humor. Lots of humor. As with these authors' previous book, My Lady Jane, you could see major plot points coming but it didn't take away from the fun. A wonderfully entertaining summer read.

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A Strange Story Made Stranger...and More Fun!

I became acquainted with Jane Eyre (the book and the 2011 movie adaptation) in college, and I enjoyed it...even though Mr. Rochester is the kind of "hero" to get on one's last nerves! It's a compelling and eerily fascinating story.

This retake combines a bit of history (and a lot of absurdity) with scenarios from the famous novel. It's an odd story full of ghosts and misadventures. Despite the danger and deception, this is definitely a lighter retelling with humorous commentary and humorous performances from the narrator.

The narrator does a great job of giving the characters their own personalities and bringing them to (larger than) life. I quite enjoyed the accents for Branwell and Charlotte, and I found this a very fun audiobook to listen to, just like the first title in this series of "Jane" stories.

If you're looking for a wacky approach to a classic that adds some surprises to an already surprising plot, My Plain Jane has you covered! There's not much depth, but there is a hint of romantic sweetness along with the crazy adventure. Perhaps not a favorite for me, but still fun! (And it made me eager to re-watch Jane Eyre.)

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  • Jordan
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  • 08-26-18

Light Fun Adventure

As a huge fan of My Lady Jane, I didn't hesitate to try this novel and I was not disappointed. This light & funny story of friendship, romance and ghosts, is based VERY loosely on Jane Eyre. The novel effectively and liberally weaves pop culture references and dark humour throughout the story. Although this reading romp was highly enjoyable, especially thanks to the well written characters, It didn't have the same intensity of plot tension, extensive world building and sigh worthy romance that made My Lady Jane a 5 star novel and My Plain Jane a 4 star read in my opinion. The narrator did an amazing job and really immersed the listener in the story and characters!

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clever

The book was so very fun and clever. The breaking of the 4th wall was occasionally done but used in such a way that you find yourself more endeared to the story. A lovely ghost story with love and family sprinkled in and a happy ending (considering what we know to be actually true)

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I was enchanted until....

It's such a fun retelling that pokes fun at some of the, well, oddities of the source text. However, the last 90 minutes lost me. You know that way when you're reading bad fanfic and it's just wacky antics and out of character? That happened. The authors found their way back, but it change that it happened.
I'm still going to listen to "My Lady Jane" tho.

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Fantastical Retelling

Book 110 towards my new goal of 150! 5/5 stars! The Lady Janies are amazing <3 Loves this book just as much as book one! I loved the story, the mystery, the humor, and the characters! Great fantastical retelling of Jane Eyre. It was narrated by one of my favorite narrators @fionahardingham , who was amazing as always! Highly recommend! @cynthiahand @unicornwarlord @brodiashton

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Thoroughly entertaining

I’m not sure this book would work without background knowledge of Jane Eyre, but if you have read Jane Eyre and have at least a basic familiarity with the book, it is a delightful read. Narrator Fiona Hardingham does a fantastic job with the voice and personalities of all the characters, and her tone on the narration is perfect. This is a delightful summer read.

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Uniquely Perfect!

Book 2 is fabulous! I love this series so much. I think I could read these over and over again and still be amused. These stories are so creative, charming, hilarious, and absolutely lovable. Pair that with plenty of action and intrigue, and you'll find yourself reading this story straight through.

I adore this concept/series and hope it never ends. All the historical references and dated pop-culture references totally crack me up. This may have been written for teens, but it is absolutely perfect for adults, especially those in my age range (born in 1980).

I love this. I demand more.

Also, the narrator is excellent! I'd listen to anything she reads.

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love love love

I just absolutely love the Jane stories. They are so creative,engaging, and funny! I've listened to them over and over. Well done.