I will never forget the first time I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I had watched the Timothy Dalton film version and loved it, so I thought I’d trudge through the book. There was no trudging involved. It took no time for me for me to become completely absorbed by this amazing story. I loved reading the trials of a small, plain girl who dealt with difficult circumstances on her own terms.
James’s interpretation of this famous life reads like a novel, but demonstrates diligent research. She uses the factual framework of Brontë’s life, culled from past biographies and letters, and adds her own interpretation of the details that have been left out. This beautiful book told the story of a remarkable life in a such a way that will satisfy both true Brontë devotees and those who just want to read a great book.