Following Edward Rochester’s death in All Hallows at Eyre Hall, Jane Eyre, who has been blackmailed into marrying a man she despises, will have to cope with the return of the man she loved and lost. The secrets she has tried so hard to conceal must be disclosed, giving rise to unexpected events and more shocking revelations.
Romance, mystery, and excitement will unfold exploring the evolution of the original characters, and bringing to life new and intriguing ones, spinning a unique and absorbing narrative, which will move the action from the Yorkshire countryside, to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica.
Told in the same style as Charlotte Bronte, this second book in the Eyre Hall Trilogy moves us on from Edward Rochester’s death and Jane’s forced marriage to Richard Mason. Written from multi first person points of view, it’s a great opportunity to get inside the characters’ heads and see the story unravel from different perspectives.
As I had not read the first book in the series I found the character sketches at the beginning of the book really helpful. The plot requires a large number of characters to interact with each other at the same time. Therefore knowing exactly who was who made the whole read much easier.
As the story begins, Jane Eyre is recovering from a long term illness brought about by a miscarriage. She has also been affected by her valet Michael Kirkpatrick’s departure to join the Royal Navy. Previously they had been lovers but when he heard of her decision to marry Richard Mason he left. Jane keeps to her room, where Nell the daughter of Eyre Hall’s dressmaker reads to her. However for most of the time Jane only half listens and prefers to gaze out of the window, her thoughts elsewhere.
Michael, now a Lieutenant, unexpectedly returns declaring he is still in love with Jane and bringing her out of her melancholy. Miscarrying Michael’s baby has brought back thoughts that she may have been lied to about the death of the daughter she gave birth to when she was married to Rochester. Now to prove his love for her, Michael promises to investigate the possibility that her daughter still be alive somewhere in London. Days later, returning from capital with interesting news he discovers Richard Mason has been found dead in bed.
There’s plenty to keep the reader turning pages – the discovery of the secret Edward Rochester took with him to the grave and the real cause of Richard Mason’s death to name but two. The book’s finale deals with a kidnap in the Caribbean and a rescue mission. As the story eventually reaches a conclusion there are still loose ends and unanswered questions; something which made me look forward to reading book 3!
I would like to thank Brook Cottage Books for a complimentary copy of Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT LUCCIA GRAY
Luccia Gray was born in London and now lives in the south of Spain with her husband. She has three children and three grandchildren. When she’s not reading or writing, she teaches English at an Adult Education Centre and at the Spanish National University.
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