Mini ARC Review: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

my plain jane

Rating: ★★★★✯

Date Read: June 18, 2018 – June 26, 2018

Date Released: June 26, 2018

Series: The Lady Janies, Book #2 (but it can be read totally as a standalone!!!)

Publisher: HarperTeen


You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me a copy to review!

My Thoughts:

Much like it’s predecessor, My Plain Jane was a light read full of humor, shenanigans, and weird, but awesome abilities.   And one thing that I would like to say that I haven’t read Jane Eyre, and, before reading this book, did I know anything about it. So I can’t compare MPJ to the original. Though I do now want to read Jane Erye!

I loved the friendship between Jane and Helen; though it was sad that Helen died at least Jane could still see her ghost. And speaking of ghosts! I thought the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits was an interesting addition to the story that was definitely not in the original! The authors fleshed out the Society well so I don’t have questions as to how it works.

One aspect that I know is a big deal in Jane Eyre is the romance between Jane and Mr. Rodchester. Now, as I said before I haven’t read the book before but I do know that the romance was a bit creepy. In MPJ, it is just as creepy but in a similar way but there is one little twist where I was like “Ugh, what part of you thought that was a good idea?!” There was another romance which I didn’t mind but romance was, overall, not a huge part of the book.

Overall, it was a fun summer read and I cannot wait to read My Calamity Jane when it comes out in 2020!

Happy Reading!

Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads


7 thoughts on “Mini ARC Review: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

  1. I LOVED Jane Eyre when I first read it when far too young – and loved it even more when I read later. So I’m fascinated by this retelling… thank you for sharing – I’ll keep in eye out for this one!


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