on 21 April 2007
Surely if you are writing a follow up or companion book then you should take the original book to be how things happened. I don't know whether it's just extremely sloppy researching or whether it's been done on purpose but the author hasn't done this and it leads to lots of plot holes and annoying 'surely that's not right' moments when you're reading the book.
* Adele describes the incident when Rochester and her mother split up, as if she's at least about 5 - in Jane Eyre Rochester says that 6 months before their split Adele had been born.
* Many times in this book it is said that Celine wouldn't marry Rochester - but in Jane Eyre he says that the only person he asked to marry him was Jane and while he was looking for a wife he had a succession of mistresses, Celine being one of them.
* We 'learn' that the woman who died in the fire at Thornfield was actually Grace Poole (although in JE the woman who jumped is described as having long black hair and Grace Poole is described as having red hair).
* Adele is meant to be one of twins, born to different fathers (which is silly enough although remotely possible) - the reason for Rochester's split from Celine is her infidelity so there is no way he would have stayed with Celine if she'd had a child that he knew wasn't his.
* Rochester says in this book that he killed the Vimcomte in the duel, this is never said in JE.
* Adele says that she came to England to live with Rochester as if he wasn't expecting it, when we know from Jane Eyre that it was his decision to bring her, after hearing of her mother's desertion of her.
* It seems as though Adele doesn't see the Rochesters during the whole time she is at school, when in JE Jane says that Adele is moved to a school close enough for Jane to visit her often and for Adele to come home sometimes - also in this book Adele says that 'Jane Eyre' wrote to her school, presumably from her new governess post in Ireland but by the time Jane wrote to her school her name would have been Rochester.
To my recollection there are two main passages in Jane Eyre dealing with Rochester's relationship and it seems that Tennant has read neither of them!
So in summary, if you've read and loved Jane Eyre I wouldn't recommend that you bother reading this book. I suppose if you've only read JE once the plot holes may not be so obvious and gaping so you might not find it so bad although I thought the plot was flimsy.