Review: Jane Eyre Laid Bare, The Classic Novel with a Twist by Charlotte Bronte & Eve Sinclair

Tuesday, November 13

Title:   Jane Eyre Laid Bare: The Classic Novel with a Twist*
Author: Charlotte Bronte and Eve Sinclair
Series: n/a
Genre: erotica
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: ebook and paperback
Date/Year:  October 30, 2012
Reviewed by: Michele

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Everyone is familiar with Charlotte Brontë's passionate, but restrained novel in which the plain, yet spirited governess Jane Eyre falls for the arrogant Mr. Rochester. It’s a novel that simmers with sexual tension but never quite reaches the boiling point. Which is to be expected. After all, the original was written in 1847.  That was then. This is now. And in JANE EYRE LAID BARE, author Eve Sinclair writes between the lines to chart the smoldering sexual chemistry between the long-suffering governess and her brooding employer.

When an eager and curious Jane Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall her sexual desires are awakened. Who is the enigmatic Rochester and why is she attracted to him? What are the strange, yet captivating noises coming from the attic, and why does the very air she breathes feel heavy with passion? Only one thing is certain. Jane Eyre may have arrived at Thornfield an unfulfilled and tentative woman, but she will leave a very different person…

My Musings:

This book was everything I thought it might be...more or less. It is indeed the original and beloved story of the titular heroine and her seemingly unrequited high regard for the mysteriously compelling Rochester, her new employer and guardian of Adele, the young girl for whom Jane has been engaged to instruct as governess. And yet it is so much more...and less.

It is more, because as the title implies, there is a “twist”, wherein all that takes place in Thornfield Hall during Jane’s tenure there has been re-imagined to include not only an overall sexual undertone throughout the story but also several new scenes interspersed among the existing ones to alter the plot in more ways than one. Some of the changes are so subtle and well done that you could almost swear they had been in the book originally. Others are more outrageous, yet they still earned my admiration at the audacity of Eve Sinclair to boldly go where I couldn’t have even imagined myself.

But it is also less, not only because of the elimination of whole swaths of text not having anything to do with Jane and Rochester, but also because my estimation of them both was substantially diminished by their newly interpreted actions and how those actions have since somewhat altered my enjoyment of the original story.

Ultimately, although I have great appreciation for the effort, I can’t say this reinterpretation of Jane Eyre was a complete success for me. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be curious to read what might be done to a story for which I had more familiarity and affection. 


Overall:  2.5 stars
Sensuality level:  5

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