Monday, September 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Death of a Schoolgirl

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Book Details:
Death of a Schoolgirl
(The Jane Eyre Chronicles)
First in Series
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (August 7, 2012)
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane’s life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…
Jane can’t help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens—Rochester’s ward, currently at boarding school—warning that the girl’s life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle’s safety.
But almost from the beginning, Jane’s travels don’t go as planned—she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman; even the school superintendent takes her for an errant new teacher. But most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s schoolmate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one appears overly concerned. Taking advantage of the situation, Jane decides to pose as the missing instructor—and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer’s next target…

joanna campbell slan

About The Author
Award-winning and National Bestselling author Joanna Campbell Slan is the creator of the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries (an Agatha Award Finalist) and The Jane Eyre Chronicles (Winner of the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award). This fall will see the debut of the Cara Mia Delgatto books, a new mystery series set on the Treasure Coast of Florida, featuring a young woman who runs a recycling/repurposing shop. In her past life, Joanna was a television talk show host, an adjunct professor of public relations, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a corporate speechwriter. She is the mother of Michael Slan, a professional poker player, and she is married to David Slan, CEO of Steinway Piano Gallery-DC. The Slans and their two dogs make their home on Jupiter Island, Florida. 

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Purchase Links
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My Thoughts:
I have a big confession to make...I have never read Jane Eyre. *gasp* I know I'm a bad book lover, but I just never got around or got into it. So this kind of made me a bit nervous to read. I hoped that I wouldn't get lost or confused, I hoped that the characters would make sense to me. I wondered if I would even understand this book. BUT, I did! I loved it. Joanna writes in a way that left me, a complete Jane Eyre noob, feeling as if I belonged there. Not once did I go "Huh? What did that reference mean?" She wrote some back story into this novel that certainly helped a person like me understand what went down in Jane Eyre. I knew the basics but beyond that I knew nothing.

The story was great and paced in a way that didn't seem too  rushed or too slow. Perfect. Obviously I cannot say if Joanna got the characterization of the main character down, but I didn't see anything to complain about. Die-hard fans might be able to pick through, but I was quite delighted with the characters! I loved the mystery element and the ending. I do have to say it felt a tad bit rushed, but otherwise it was entirely satisfying! I do believe that this will be a series that keeps getting better and better! Great read!

Giveaway: (INT)
“Le Plus Grande Prize will be a Lowood Institution Lacrosse sweatshirt, a “Being yourself is the key” pencil case, a Jane Eyre mug, and a small Jane Eyre quotations journal.”

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  1. added this to my to read list - love Jane Eyre, and Mysteries

  2. added to my to read list, love Jane Eyre, and mysteries


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