Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, an iconic rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer, and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is tested by a torturous secret from his past.
Part irresistible romance and part darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers. [summary from Goodreads]
I have to admit, I'm no Bronte fan. I tried reading Wuthering Heights twice, couldn't get through it either time. I've read Jane Eyre and Villette, and found them nothing too special. (I haven't read Anne's works, though; I hope I can get to them soon.) But I've always found the idea of Jane Eyre very powerful. It can be a tortuously sensual, almost gothic story if told with the right writing style and tone. This retelling sounds like a contemporarization that not only will stay true to the original plot, but also the book's dark feel. Plus I've been hearing good things about it from several people on Twitter recently. Can't wait to give this one a try.
Jane will be released in hardcover by Poppy on October 11, 2010.