Jane Eyre’s Daughter
Originally published in 1997 as Consequence, Jane Eyre’s Daughter tells, as the title suggests, the tale of Janet Rochester, only daughter of Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester. When Janet’s family journeys to the West Indies, Janet is left under the guardianship of Colonel Dent at Highcrest Manor, a place as filled with secrets as Thornfield was for her mother. As Janet navigates young adulthood with only memories of her parents as guides, she captures the attention of the mysterious Roderick Landless and the dashing, if perhaps too sophisticated, Sir Hugo Calendar. Can she trust either of them? What secrets does Colonel Dent hide? Who is Roderick Landless, and why does he seem so familiar?
This charming book owes as much to Austen’s Northanger Abbey as it does to Jane Eyre; strange voices in the night, forbidden wings of dark houses, storms aplenty, and an undercurrent of peril throughout make this a tale which captures the spirit of the Gothic. Even readers unfamiliar with the story of Jane Eyre will not be lost; Newark carefully includes enough detail to engage both fans and newcomers alike. This reader felt welcomed once more into a much-loved story world, filled with deftly-crafted characters. Recommended!