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review 2018-09-16 04:41
My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

I received an ARC of this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge.

 

I was so excited to read this book, but it ended up being not quite what I was expecting. I love Jane Eyre (it’s one of my favorite classics) and I expected a fun retelling. I kind of got that, but at the same time kind of didn’t.

 

Also I just want to throw it out there that I have never read My Lady Jane, so I can’t say how it compares to that book. 

 

I enjoyed the Jane Eyre aspects of the book a lot. I loved seeing the new takes on classic Jane Eyre scenes and characters. Those were a lot of fun.

 

I also loved the commentary and the little pop culture references, especially the Mary Poppins nanny one in the beginning. 

 

 

However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ghost hunting storyline. It was a bit much and overtook most of the story. It could have been cut down.

 

The beginning was also a bit slow. It took a while for the story to really get going.

 

As for the characters, I liked having both Jane and Charlotte’s perspectives. But I really didn’t care much for Alexander. I was never that excited to read his parts. 

 

Overall, I wanted less ghostbusters and more epic gothic romance. 

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review 2018-08-06 19:08
Boring and Nonsensical Retelling of Jane Eyre
My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

This was a struggle to finish. It was really not that good. We had Hand and Ashton taking on Jane Eyre and deciding to include ghosts. The characters of Jane and Mr. Rochester were blah and the way that the book ended made me want to pull my hair. There is enough dropped here to show that this and book number one are taking place in the same timeline/world though.

 

"My Plain Jane" deals with the character of Jane Eyre and author Charlotte Bronte. No I don't know why they incorporated them both in this book, I just know that it doesn't work very well. So we have have the book falling Jane Eyre except for a few new characters and of course we have ghosts.


Jane is just lifeless for me in this one. I loved Jane Eyre because she and Mr. Rochester just made sense. The whole story worked for me from beginning to end. I don't even want to go with what Hand and her fellow authors decided to change up, but it got a lot of readers fired up.

 

I haven't read any biographies about Charlotte Bronte, so don't know how realistic she was portrayed in this one.

 

The friendship between Jane and Charlotte didn't work and the other characters were unimportant. I think if they had kept it to just going back and forth between Jane and Charlotte it would have worked a bit better. Instead the story zig-zags between them and Alexander Blackwood (supernatural investigator). 

 

The writing was okay, I didn't laugh at all while reading this unlike when I read the first book in the series. The flow isn't great either. This whole book drags and even when we do get some movement/action it takes forever for the story to just sort itself out.

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text 2018-08-03 20:35
Reading progress update: I've read 76%.
My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

Bored senseless. Seriously. 

Trying to redo Jane Eyre with literal ghosts? Nope. None of the characters feel developed either. I just find myself wishing I had re-read Jane Eyre again. 

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review 2016-10-20 16:21
Courting Miss Hattie by Pamela Morsi 5 Stars!
BY Morsi, Pamela ( Author ) [{ Courting Miss Hattie By Morsi, Pamela ( Author ) Nov - 04- 1998 ( Paperback ) } ] - Pamela Morsi

This week's featured favorite Romance is Courting Miss Hattie by Pamela Morsi with its lovely Americana setting.

 

This is the best Plain Jane Romance hands down I haver ever read. And Plain Jane is one of my favorite themes.  This is a great friends to lovers love story. Again, one of the best I have ever read as you know the characters like and respect each other and you see when a platonic caring changes to a sizzles and a life long romantic love. And it adds in a older woman younger man trope that is perfect.

 

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The news spread like brush fire through the whole county when widower Ancil Drayton announced his intention to start courting Miss Hattie Colfax. She was certainly spirited and delightfully sweet natured, and she'd managed to run her family farm almost single-handedly. But wasn't a twenty-nine-year-old lady farmer too old to catch a husband?

An Irresistable Suitor.

All his life handsome, black-haired Reed Tyler had worked Miss Hattie's farm--and dreamed of one day settling down on his own piece of land with the pretty young woman he'd sworn to marry. Hattie was someone he could tell his hopes and troubles to--someone he looked on as a sister. So he thought, until the idea of Ancil Drayton calling on her made him seethe. Until the night a brotherly peck became a scorching kiss... and Reed knew nothing would bank the blaze--and that his best friend was the only woman he would ever love.

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Morsi is one of my favorite writers and this is one of my favorite books. Everything is perfectly in place. She does wonderful work with this common themes but sets them in a less common time period and gives me nerdgasms by teaching me about rice farming.

 

It is rare in any romance that you actually feel the couple fall in love. It is subtle and sudden and you are just so happy for them.

 

All other details in this story are finely wrought and memorable but they are the kind of memories you need to relive again. So, I keep rereading this book.

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review 2016-03-15 02:38
Real Love on the Rebound
The Trophy Husband - Lynne Graham

I read this years ago, but I didn't really remember much about it. Downloading the Kindle and doing a reread was a good move. I liked this quite a bit. I miss the books where the heroine is a plain Jane. That trope doesn't seem as popular nowadays. The heroine tends to be exquisitely beautiful now more than anything, at least in my opinion. Sara wasn't really a plain Jane. She just wasn't tall and model Slender and blonde. Alex certainly had a very powerful obsession with her. Everyone could tell he was in love with her, except Sara. I like when the hero is crazy about the heroine, but she's a bit oblivious (but not in a she thinks she's too good for him kind of way). Alex is definitely a Lynne Graham hero but he's not quite as arrogant as some of hers run. He seems a bit more vulnerable. I think there would have been less trouble for them both if he had just been honest with Sara about being in love with her. Instead, he was sending out all these mixed signals and getting mad at her because he thought she was still stuck on her ex-fiance.

Glad I did a reread when I did.

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