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Reader, I Married HimReader, I Married Him is presented as an erotic historic novella who plays with the characters from Jane Eyre. The author herself is quite clear on her website:
Author: Janet Mullany
Cover Artist: Christine M. Griffin
March 23, 2010
My advice, if you really, really love Jane Eyre and consider Jane the archetypal romance heroine–don’t buy this book!What Janet Mullany does with her novella is not a Jane Eyre retelling from a sexually charged perspective, her objective is not so ambitious. Part of the success of this little novella comes precisely from its lack of presumption. The story is basically a (wicked) little game which uses the figures of Jane Eyre and Rochester and the Gothic environment of Thornfield Hall in the framework of a big what if using a different outcome to the events preceding Jane and Rochester's wedding. If such a term existed in literature we would gladly define Reader, I Married Him as a sort of Jane Eyre sexploitation.
If you find Jane Eyre fascinating and intriguing and you’ve found yourself wondering about the book and its characters (and isn’t that the litmus test of a great novel, that it awakens your imagination and invites you to return?) then buy it. Oh, and having a dirty mind helps.