I’m still hoping to find a publisher for my new historical romance novel about the wonderful love story of Edith and J.R.R. Tolkien, but in the meantime, I’m happy to be re-releasing my former novels in new paperback and Kindle e-book editions. First up is Jillian Dare: A Modern Retelling of Jane Eyre.
In the author notes in the back of the book, I state that
“This book is intended as my homage to the classic story of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I approached this adaptation with some trepidation because I’m well aware of the criticisms which it could engender among Brontë purists. This book was not written for the purists, however, but for three other types of readers. The first type--like me-- is the lover of the classics who enjoys contemporary adaptations and is intrigued by finding the similarities and differences with the original story, as well as by conjecturing how the author will work things out in a modern setting. The second is the type who likes to read romantic suspense. And the third is the person who has not yet read Jane Eyre. My great hope is that this reader will enjoy my story enough to be inspired to read the original classic.”
It’s fitting that this new Freiling Press edition launches in October as the novel itself opens on a beautiful October day in the Virginia countryside before moving to the more sinister gothic setting of a castle in England. I hope you will want to join Jillian on her “daring” personal journey.