Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?
I’m not sure how many times in my life I’ve read this book. I can say that each time I’ve read it, it was in a different stage. The first time, I was a child not yet old enough to understand the gravity of the story or the lessons it teaches. I can say that I related to Jane growing up with the gift of knowledge and wanting to share it. When I got older, her time with her evil aunt and her time in the orphanage was more understandable. I understood the difficulties of the time, the rules, the society, and the hardship of what women faced. In my later teen years, I appreciated the romantic aspects of the story purely because it was a romance. After my first heartbreak, I understood how Edward deceived and hid secrets. Then, in my adult years, I’m able to look at all the themes, all the lessons, and all the gains that Jane receives. It’s one of my favorite classics and I return to this book many times and I believe I will continue to do so.