It’s official, I am in serious like with this series. I thought My Lady Jane was as good as it was going to get but I take that thought back. My Plain Jane may have been a wee bit better in my eyes. I now need all books like this about all Janes throughout history.
Short recap: Jane Eyre and her best friend, Charlotte Bronte, are students at Lowood School, a deplorable establishment. Jane is keeping a secret – she can see spirits. She has always kept this a secret until someone from the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits realizes what Jane is after she stumbles into a local bar that is rumored to be haunted. Alexander Blackwood comes calling upon Jane to try to persuade her to join SRWS for his own reasons, but the fact she can see ghosts is a huge plus. Jane doesn’t want anything to do with SRWS so she leaves for other employment and things quickly spiral out of control.
I’m not sure how I can properly do this story justice with my meek review. I was a little unsure when the story started out because I wasn’t feeling it until ghosts. I don’t know why that topic always captures my attention but it does. It did not hurt that there was so much wit and one liners that had my busting a gut with laughter. The snark and quick quips had me wishing I could be that quick on my feet.
“What did you learn at Lowood school?”
“Starvation. And the usual maths and history.”
This was such a fantastic and clever twist on the original story. How many more descriptive words could I possible use? Brilliant? Marvelous? Delightful? I’m sure I will think of more, give me time. All of the characters, and there were a lot of characters, were so well developed and unique. They all had a flushed backstory and personality.
While I am gushing about this one, I can see where not every reader will jive with it. There were times it seemed a little too much, a little too over the top. Maybe it was for the sake of a chuckle, who is to say. What I can say is that this story worked for me as a reader. I was hooked and had to know what was going to happen. I needed more of the laughs, the snark, the quips, the wit. I loved them. And don’t get me started on the HP references! I nearly lost my shit towards the end when they dropped a HUGE HP reference! Masterful.
No matter what Jane these authors go after next, I’m absolutely there for it.