Thursday, 14 January 2016

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray 
Series: Eyre Hall Trilogy: Book 2
Release Date: 28th August 2015
Genres: Historical Romance

Following Edward Rochester’s death in All Hallows at Eyre Hall, Jane Eyre, who has been blackmailed into marrying a man she despises, will have to cope with the return of the man she loved and lost. The secrets she has tried so hard to conceal must be disclosed, giving rise to unexpected events and more shocking revelations.

Romance, mystery, and excitement will unfold exploring the evolution of the original characters, and bringing to life new and intriguing ones, spinning a unique and absorbing narrative, which will move the action from the Yorkshire countryside, to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica.

When I was at school, we were 'forced' to read Jane Eyre for our exams. While the rest of the class complained bitterly about it and continued to complain throughout the reading of the book, I was the kid sitting in the corner with her nose in the book totally engrossed! Reading Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall was like being transported in time again. This book is written with such beautiful and rich language and makes the reader feel that they are part of something special and sweeps them along in the journey Jane is taking in her life. It is a breath taking story. At times I did struggle to try to remember who each of the characters were as there were quite a lot but once I got my head around it I became that kid with her nose stuck in an amazing book again. (A helpful character list is provided at the beginning of the book).

Luccia Gray has a unique writing style that is in keeping with the way Charlotte Bronte intended Jane Eyre's story to be told. Whilst this book is book 2 in a trilogy it can be read as a standalone novel although I'd actually like to go back and read book 1 purely because I enjoyed this book so much. I adored the fact that there were characters dotted throughout the book such as Charles Dickens and Dr Watson! It added a lovely feel to the story.

In Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall we see an older and more mature Jane who it appears has made some pretty bad decisions and hides many secrets. Her marriage of convenience has become not only a nightmare for her but for all, including the staff of Eyre Hall. The new Mrs Mason as she has become is desperately unhappy. Then, a lost love comes back into her life and Jane begins to see a glimmer of hope against all the heartache she has had to endure, if she can trust him again. However, Mr Rochester's legacy of lies and deceit continues to plague Jane and her life is full of turmoil with secrets to uncover and truths to be found out.

The book has murder, mystery and lots of twists and turns throughout. In the original Jane Eyre story I was never convinced by Mr Rochester and any sincerity he might have displayed and Luccia Gray has taken his character one step further by painting him even darker than anyone could have imagined. A well written and engrossing tale. If you enjoy the classics then you will enjoy this. If you liked Jane Eyre and Bronte's writing then you will Love this book! I look forward to the next book in the series!

*The lovely Luccia Gray is appearing on the blog on the 19th January with a great author interview so be sure to call back! 

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Luccia Gray was born in London and now lives in the south of Spain with her husband. She has three children and three grandchildren. When she's not reading or writing, she teaches English at an Adult Education Centre and at the Spanish National University.

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