Jane Eyre is one of those 'classic' Gothic romance novels that I was probably assigned to read in high school but unfortunately, never did. I picked up a copy in hopes that it would be similar to a Jane Austen book and boy was I blown away. Jane Eyre instantly became one of my all time favorite books.
I seem to love books with strong female characters and Jane is no exception. The heroine is a woman who is fiercely independent. Her strong will allows her to grow as she defies society's expectations of her. Without a doubt Jane Eyre is early feminist literature. Published in 1847, author Charlotte Brontë was ahead of her time.
Now, let me tell you about the story. Jane is abused by her aunt and cousins early in her life. She is sent to a boarding school where she makes friends for the first time but also suffers due to the school's very poor living conditions. Jane takes a job as a governess to a young girl, Adèle. While living in the manor Jane falls in love with her dark and mysterious employer, Mr. Rochester. Okay, that's enough I won't spoil it.
Go to your local library, book store or borrow it from your BFF and get to reading!
PS- Here's a place to get a free download of Jane Eyre.