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Jane Eyre's Husband-The Life of Edward Rochester by [Bradley, Tara]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2068 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kindle Publishing; 1st edition (21 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OYT8KQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 Brontë'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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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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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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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 Brontë left open are neatly tidied up, and the ending is appropriate and satisfactory.
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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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Love the Bronte story but it leaves lots of loose ends, this contempory sequel tries to explain those. It does so in great depth. Well written and structured had me rivited even though its long - that grips you.
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Cannot express enough just how much I enjoyed this book. The back story to Edward Rochester's life makes good reading-there are plenty of very well written sexual encounters which, far from jarring, gave a better insight into just how 'soul withered and heart weary' he was when he returned to Thornfield and, just how ready he was for an unsullied relationship. Throughout the book the author gives us a view of what attracted Jane to Edward and why he is such a fabulous literary hero to many women-he really is the man of our dreams and this book made me adore him even more. The scenes after their marriage are lovely; the ending poignant-I have not shed a tear over a book for ages-I did here. As others have commented, it was good to learn more of Adele and I liked the extensions to the Rochester family in the last third of the book. Thoroughly recommended.
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