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Jane Eyre's Husband-The Life of Edward Rochester [Kindle Edition]

Tara Bradley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jane Eyre's Husband tells the fascinating story of Edward Rochester's life in richly textured detail, revealing Rochester’s innermost thoughts, hopes, and passions. This is the Rochester of Charlotte Brontë’s novel: proud, arrogant, privileged, and searching for love and a better life. Beginning with his early years, then continuing to his time in Jamaica and his nightmarish first marriage, his desperate wanderings in Europe, his love for Jane Eyre and the tragedy that follows his attempt to marry her, his recovery from his injuries, and his married life with Jane, this story will take you inside the secret workings of Rochester’s mind.

Edward Rochester is one of literature's most compelling male characters, and this book discloses Rochester’s own intimate experience of his life in vivid narrative. This is a story that is always original, while set firmly within the context of Charlotte Brontë’s work.

This book prints out to over 550 pages, so is worth the purchase price of USD $9.99.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463670192
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kindle Publishing; 1st edition (21 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OYT8KQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little too 'American' 18 Jan. 2013
By Beck
As an avid fan of Edward Rochester for many years, I loved this book, exploring his 'back story' in great detail. I've always wondered how this great romance felt from his perspective.
However, my one criticism whould be the number of 'Americanisms' in the book, which by the end, started to grate. I cannot imagine any 19th century English gentleman using such words as gotten, semester or cranky. I'm may be being pedantic, but if you're going to put so much effort into a book, at least get the language right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Traxy
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If you love Jane Eyre just the way it is, you will find it difficult to read derivative (fan) fiction. Invariably, the author will get the characters' personalities wrong, misunderstand their intentions or just make a mess of the plot one way or the other. Needless to say, I downloaded this Kindle e-book expecting yet another disappointment, because Mr. Rochester is a notoriously difficult character to get right. To my surprise, it didn't even take half a chapter before I was both hooked and intrigued. Disappointed? More like ecstatic!

"Jane Eyre's Husband" is a version of "Jane Eyre" told from the perspective of Edward Fairfax Rochester, but it's so much more than that - it's truly the life of Mr Rochester, like a biography, only much, much more interesting to read.

The novel is split into three distinct parts. Part one is a prequel, stretching from before the birth of Edward Rochester, through his upbringing, his time on Jamaica and with his mistresses on the continent and ends just as the events we know from Brontė's original are about to begin. Part two is "Jane Eyre", but seen through Mr. Rochester's eyes. Part three is a sequel, dealing with what happens to the couple during their happily ever afters.

Part one begins with establishing the marriage between Rochester's parents, Elizabeth and John, and then moves on to the birth of little Edward, or "Neddie" as he's known, and his wetnurse. One thing that Bradley does very well, is to avoid the clichés every other sequel writer falls into (from not understanding distances between Thornfield and Ferndean to every sequel author's itch to rebuild Thornfield). As it turns out, reality is a little more complex than it is predictable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Eyre as a family saga 27 Dec. 2011
By Helen
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This is a well written, well structured and altogether convincing reconstruction of Jane Eyre's story from Edward Rochester's point of view. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to friends. If you're a fan of Jane Eyre, this piece of fan fiction really is worth the price. However, there is one thing missing - the gothic romance of the original, which I think is really impossible to reproduce in this modern age. Instead, as Jane and Edward settle down into family life the story becomes something of a family saga, with the traumas and joys of children growing up. Various strands which Charlotte Brontė left open are neatly tidied up, and the ending is appropriate and satisfactory.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Mr Rochester 1 Feb. 2013
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I have read a few of the alternative Jane Eyre books and this one was the best one, i couldn't put it down. This is the whole life of Edward and its interesting to see how he has been shaped into the man we know, i love the relationship between him and Grace. this book made me laugh and cry, i might have to go read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 2 Jan. 2014
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Absolutely phenomenal. A beautiful treatment of the character of Rochester and of the JE romance. I have read this several times now and have adored every reading. In fact, when I first read the book I didn't read the last few chapters for WEEKS because I was enjoying the story so much I didn't wish for it to end.

What I adore about 'Jane Eyre's Husband' is the perfect characterisation and attention to the original plot; the author enhances the original and fills in necessary gaps rather than trying to 'recreate the wheel'. I am so tired of JE books which 'redo' the novel - it's a masterpiece for a reason, we don't need authors to radically alter the plot. What many readers want is for the original to be given a deeper treatment ... maybe we would like a peek into the Rochester's after Brontés epilogue, maybe we want Rochester's version of events, maybe we want to understand what happened to Rochester before Jane appeared. 'Jane Eyre's Husband' delivers on all counts.

I cannot praise this text highly enough. Do not hesitate.

Incidentally; this text is crafted so well that you can actually choose to dip into the book. I read the whole text; however, if a reader only wanted to experience Rochester's life with Jane then they can skip to Part 2 and Part 3 successfully.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright -not brilliant though 15 Sept. 2013
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Though it didn't meet my expectations, the story was interesting (though not my own personal head cannon).

I had expected something which was akin to Jane Eyre, though all from Mr Rochester's POV (though obviously starting before his return to Thornfield). Instead this came in 3 parts; the first dealing with Rochester's life and experiences up until he meets Jane, the second part being a smaller version of what I had anticipated, and third exploring life for the married couple.
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