It’s like Jane Eyre…. but with a twist.
Told from the points of view of Jane, her school friend Charlotte Bronte, and an agent who hunts ghosts for the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits (now in disfavor with the king), Alexander Blackwood, this story retells the tale of Jane Eyre and now includes ghosts. England is invaded by ghosts and even has it’s own version of the Ghostbusters. Only certain people can communicate with and see the ghosts, Jane is one of the rare few who does, only she doesn’t want to hunt ghosts (her very best friend Helen has been her dearest companion for all of these years, never mind that she isn’t quite corporeal) she wants to be a governess.
Jane is now being pursued by the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits (they hope she’ll agree to work for them) and by her very own friend Charlotte Bronte, because she can smell a story. But all Jane wants is to be a governess and work for the mercurial and elusive Mr Rochester. Whatever will this plain Jane do?
I have to be honest I couldn’t in good conscience finish this book. Whereas it was brilliantly written and tremendously hilarious, it did include “exorcisms” that used talismans (definitely not Biblical), use of a ouijia board, and of course, ghosts.
I loved the first book in the series and honestly I loved what little I could read of this book, I just couldn’t finish it nor can I recommend it in good conscience. I will say this- that even though this is the Lady Jane series each book stands alone, the first book had nothing that I felt uncomfortable with and if they make another I will definitely read it, especially since they don’t relate to each other other than Jane being the heroines first name.
I would not want any child of mine reading this book. For a very messed up view on spiritual matters I give this book 10 out of 10 on the cootie meter.