The Other Wife by Juliet Bell

The Other WifeThe Other Wife by Juliet Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a re-imagining of Jane Eyre set in 1980s Australia.
The focus is on the two women – Betty (who was sent to Australia on board a ship, quite possibly against her father’s wishes) and Jane (who was sent to live with an abusive aunt after her mother was arrested). Both had heartbreakingly bad childhoods which feed into who they become when they grow up.
Rochester is a weak man who has had power and responsibility thrust upon him. He can’t handle it and blames others when he fails.
His daughter Adele is lightly drawn, a child trapped in a world of adult schemes.
Thornfield is set in the Australian outback, which is even more isolated than rural Yorkshire.

This is very much a re-imagining rather than a re-telling. There are several differences from the original, even though most of the elements are kept the same. The ending is significantly different. I like the new ending very much more than the original.

Thank you Netgalley for the ARC.
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