A classic love story with all its twists and turns would describe this book perfectly. Jillian goes to a job to be a live in nanny and finds the love of her life, or is he? Jillian must decide if truth and honor are important in a relationship and whether to put her feelings above the Lords will.
The cover describes this book as a retelling of the classic Jane Eyre. If you liked reading the classics then that is an encouragement however, if you did not like them don't let that discourage you from this story! Told in first person you follow Jillian as she falls in love with her employer. She learns about herself and the Lord as she finds all is not as it seems concerning this man of her dreams. Will she follow her heart or stand for what is right and make some hard decisions that will affect the rest of her life?
Taking place in modern times the story is easy to follow. You go from the hills of Virginia to a castle in England. You will find love, joy, sorrow and a touch of reality in this modern day love story. A fun and exciting read that I did not want to put down!
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This book was a very quick read for me, and frankly, it was a bit too quick. I had zero connection with any of the characters because this story had such a fast pace. It was what I would call a surface story, told in the first person, and only giving the basic info of the story without much detail. I loved reading about the occasional trip to England, and Jillian's sweet relationship with Cadence, but that's really about all I enjoyed. I would've liked to have seen Jillian and Ethan's relationship develop at a more realistic pace than what it did. When they suddenly became engaged, I found it, and the drama that followed, just plain unbelievable.
I honestly don't know if I will venture to read any of Ms. Jeschke's other works in the future after reading Jillian Dare. It did not have the depth that I like to see in novels, and it focused a little too heavily on the divorce issue within the church, in my opinion. I am giving Jillian Dare a rating of 3 stars.
This tale is a modern updated version of Jane Eyre. In place of Jane, we have Jillian a 20 year old nanny who has been hired to take care of the daughter of Ethan Remington, a famous movie producer. Jillian is a very humble character who takes delight in her job and her new way of living while at the same time starting to feel affection for her employer. I really liked the scenes that took place in England. I love the castle and enjoyed exploring it with Jillian. I could almost see myself there and would have loved to have spent more time in that setting. The scenes in Virginia were exciting too but that was mainly due to the fact that I live in the same area as the story. I liked Jillian's character. She just came across as very down to earth to me. She's not meek like Jane's character was yet she's not brash or outspoken. She was portrayed very well and I felt her character to be good for the story.I felt that there were several conflicting issues throughout the book though. I felt that Ethan acted way older than his actual age. I mean the way Ethan would talk sometimes just made me picture a 50 year old man. I also did not like John's character at all. John represents the stereotypical, preachy, condescending Christian that I hate reading about. Also the fact that he wanted to marry his foster sister but doesn't love her pretty much goes against everything he's supposed to believe in. I guess I was just really confused as to why John's Christianity comes off so strong because the rest of the story is meek and mild compared to him. Therefore John seems to be a bad guy who wants it to be his way or no way at all.Overall, while I enjoyed the story, I guess I just realize I'm not really a fan of modern adaptations. I think the story best stands by itself and not as a modern adaptation. It does make for an interesting read and I look forward to going back and reading Melanie's previous books.
I loved Jillian Dare. This is the fourth novel of Melanie Jeschke's that I have read, and, just as with her other books, I was drawn into the story from the first page. Jillian Dare is a clever, contemporary adaptation of Jane Eyre, and I could not put it down. Even in a story so familiar, the author creates believable characters and suspense that will keep readers turning the page. I highly recommend this book for its own merit, as well as a tribute to Charlotte Bronte's classic. Jillian Dare inspired me to reread Jane Eyre, and that is the sign of a good book! I look forward to reading more from this author.
This author uses very descriptive language which makes her books enjoyable to read. Recently I re-read Jane Eyre and have enjoyed this modern-day version very much as it follows a similar story line, but has it's own surprises. It's a good read.