At the tender age of eight years old, Edward Rochester is sent away from his home at Thornfield Hall to begin his education. Since he is the second son, it will be up to Edward to make the most of his education, and whatever opportunities come his way. As a young man, fortune finds Edward in Jamaica, where he has taken over his father’s sugar plantation, and where he meets the beautiful young heiress who will soon become his wife. It soon becomes apparent that in marrying his lovely wife, Edward has taken on much more than he bargained for. Now, back at Thornfield Hall many years later, Edward meets his ward’s governess – a Miss Jane Eyre. For the first time, Edward begins to dream of a new life – one that he wants to share with Jane. But how?
Based on characters from Charlotte Bronte’s beloved Jane Eyre, this novel tells the story from Rochester’s perspective. Since Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite books, I was skeptical, but this book stays true to the writing style and atmosphere of the original. Definitely a good read. If you’d like Bertha Rochester’s perspective, try Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.