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The Other Wife
Janet Gover & Alison May writing as Juliet Bell
This second book written as Juliet Bell is our tribute to one of the most loved heroines in English literature.
Outback Australia, 1981
After a terrible childhood, Jane comes to Thornfield as nanny to the adorable Adele, watched over by the handsome and enigmatic Edward. Plain and inexperienced, Jane would never dream of being more than his hired help. But swept up in the dramatic beauty of the Outback, she finds herself drawn to Edward. And, to her surprise, he seems to return her feelings.
But Jane is not the first woman Edward has pledged to make mistress of Thornfield.
As a child, Betty was taken from her English home and sent for adoption in Australia. At first, no-one wanted her, deeming her hair too curly, and her skin too dark. Until the scheming Mr Mason sees a chance to use Betty to cement a relationship with the rich and powerful Rochester dynasty…
When Jane discovers Betty’s fate, will she still want to be the next Mrs Rochester?
It was a real pleasure to be collaborating again on another Brontë-inspired novel. In this case, we decided to move Jane Eyre into a new place and a new era. We have set the book against the backdrop of the sexual revolution and the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Growing up in this world, our Jane is very different to the original, but we hope we have given her the same spirit that has kept her so close to our hearts for so long.
What people are saying about The Heights
‘I want to buy a copy for every book lover I know!’
‘A fantastically absorbing read’
‘It is gripping and dark and an absolute triumph!!’
‘Brilliantly done. Can’t wait for the next book!’
‘I would thoroughly recommend this book and have no hesitation in awarding it the richly deserved 5 stars.’
‘Edgy and compelling update of a classic’
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