I absolutely fell in love with My Lady Jane, which was in fact one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. But this is a different story to tell. Here are my thoughts on the sequel by the Lady Janies Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows.
My Plain Jane is the story of the orphan girl who becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall and falls in love with her master, Mr. Rochester. And because we know the Lady Janies by now, we all know that this is not the real story. You see, she is a seer. Meaning, she seas ghosts. And the is a secret Society in England around the time of 1850 which hunts unpleasant ghosts. And this named society, in fact, wants our plain Jane to join their cause and therefore sends the society agent Alexander accompanied by Jane’s best friend, Charlotte Bronte, to convince them of their cause. Alexander, who is eager to encourage Jane to join the society, has another murder to solve and Charlotte desperately wants to become an agent herself and is trying to catch Jane’s story in a novel.
I feel kind of torn apart by this book because there were aspects I really loved and then there are parts in the book I can’t really be sure what to think of. However, I will start with the positive aspects:
Firstly, I loved the part with the ghosts. Except of getting to know Peeves and Nearly Headless Nick from Harry Potter, I have in fact never read a ghost story and to admit, I really like ghosts. They serve some funny scenes and a different story from time to time.
Secondly, I loved Helen. She was the humorous soul of this novel. She was absolutely amazing. And the side fact of being a ghost didn’t exactly decrease her humor.
Furthermore, I was very surprised to see Jane and Gifford as a ghost. That was really the best scene in this book. It literally warmed my heart.In addition, I loved the part where Harry Potter was mentioned, it was, in my opinion, the second best scene in the book.
What I also really liked, was the change of plot when everything was revealed and how everything had a meaning.
Now, to the parts I didn’t really know what to think of:
First, I did like the characters but I couldn’t really bond with them the way I could bond with Jane, Grey that is, Gifford and Edward. I think, if I had read the book without having read My Lady Jane, these thoughts wouldn’t come up in my mind, just because My Lady Jane is such a dime of a novel and can’t be topped.
Secondly, the story was sometimes sooo slow and then terribly fast. Some scenes would be one chapter and then the characters were what felt like jumping from city to city three times a chapter. That was kind of strange. Furthermore, the characters had to overcome obstacles and in less than one chapter, the problem was already solved. The end was a little like that and I think that’s the main reason I wasn’t that fond of the ending.
Also, I couldn’t really understand why Jane would be in love with a person like Rochester as he never really was there and they spoke nearly twenty words the whole time she was falling in love to the point she was certain of it. I didn’t understand why she was fond of him and I think the author’s should have explained this more.
To add, and please not read this paragraph if you have any intention to read the book, I disliked the fact that in the end, Edward Rochester The Second appeared and Jane fell in love with him on first sight.
It might seem as if I totally disliked this book, however, and it seems there is a big however, I actually enjoyed reading this book apart from the tiny flaws it had in my opinion. Although it wasn’t nearly as good as My Lady Jane, it was still obviously a great book and I did enjoy reading it!