London: ‘Jane’, by April Lindner: After the death of her parents leaves her penniless, aspiring artist Jane Moore is forced to quit college and seek employment in ‘Jane,’ a modern retelling of Charlotte Bronte`s classic ‘Jane Eyre.’
Jane`s childcare experience and indifference to celebrities make her the perfect nanny for 5-year-old Maddy, the daughter of rock star-narcissist Nico Rathburn and his former girlfriend.
Her job requirements are simple: Don`t talk to the press, never interrupt when Nico is composing — and stay away from the third floor.
With his bad-boy days behind him, Nico has reunited his band for a big comeback. Press interviews and extended tour dates to promote his new album keep him apart from his daughter.
Nico becomes intrigued by the young, independent-thinking Jane. He finds her honesty a refreshing change from the "yes" men and groupies who usually surround him, and their relationship intensifies when Jane saves him from a suspicious fire.
Jane tries to remain professional despite her growing feelings for Nico, and when a successful celebrity photographer sets her sights on him, Jane realizes he`s out of her league.
After a family crisis takes Jane out of town, Nico realizes his deep feelings for her. He proposes marriage, but a betrayal and a colossal scandal force Jane to flee Nico`s Connecticut mansion.
Although author April Lindner puts her own spin on the story, she keeps the core story line true to the original. Lindner mirrors Nico after the brooding and inattentive Edward Rochester, but in this modern version, Nico comes across as neglectful toward his young daughter. He only spends time with her as a way to get closer to Jane.
Jane Moore shares the same serious disposition as Jane Eyre, but Lindner`s Jane is more spirited and vulnerable.
‘Jane’ is a captivating modern love story of a young woman who refuses to compromise her values, and fans of Bronte`s ‘Jane Eyre’ are sure to praise this rousing retelling with its rock `n` roll twist.