This novel was written in 1847! Let that sink in for a moment. I listened to the book on Nook Audio. The story is narrated by the title character (in the voice of Elizabeth Klett). When Jane's parents died she was left orphaned and went to live with her Uncle and Aunt. Shortly after her arrival her uncle dies and she is left behind to be mistreated and neglected by an aunt and two cousins. The aunt is bitter and hateful and doesn't want Jane. Eventually Jane is sent to live at a boarding school. During her time in the school she begins to find herself. She leaves the school and gets her first job as a governess for the mysterious Mr. Rochester. They become friends. And they fall in love. On their wedding day she finds out a terrible secret about her future husband which threatens her happiness. Jane escapes but never forgets her mysterious beau. The ending is satisfying to everyone concerned.
This is one of those books on every 'must read' list which I have ever seen. I had tried reading it in many years past and just could not get into the story. I will admit it took me a long time to get through the audio book. Not because I found it boring, but because I kept falling asleep and had to go back and listen to chapters again and again. I'm glad I did. This is a classic everyone should read. Jane is a strong, independent woman who came to age in a time of Victorian prejudices against women. A female heroine who does not compromise herself in order to get what she wants. (well, maybe a little).
I will give it **** because it will be a story I won't forget.
Have you read Jane Eyre?