It was the boarding school that taught me to act as a wolf in girl’s clothing should: skulking, a greyer shadow within a grey landscape. It was London which formed me into a pale, wide-eyed creature with an errant laugh, a lust for life and for dirty vocabulary, and a knife in her pocket.
I hereby commence my account with the unembellished truth:
Reader, I murdered him.
That was it. That was the sole line that hooked me; how could it not?
Although this is a reimagining of Jane Eyre in part, it is also very much so its own story. It’s gripping from the very beginning and Jane Steele’s narrative voice immediately draws you in. In truth, it contains themes of violence and sexuality that were clearly not present in Bronte’s novel; but I have to tell you – reader, it was fantastic.
Even if you haven’t read Jane Eyre (which I must now highly recommend you remedy…and then follow it up with the film because Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester will quite literally ruin your life) you can still enjoy this book. Despite being so violent, it’s an intelligent book filled with dark humor and absolutely dripping with irony. I must say, I loved every salacious minute of it.
I would pick this book up quickly if I were you because I have a feeling that everyone is going to be talking about it. And for very, very good reason.
Nothing says springtime like fresh blueberry sauce spilling over your pancakes on a Saturday morning. Ok, so maybe a few things…like daylight saving time and fresh azalea blooms, but you get the picture.
We made this blueberry sauce last weekend and it was so delicious that I quite literally licked the spoon. Repeatedly. It’s the perfect spring alternative to your favorite maple syrup for your waffles or pancakes. You will not be disappointed and it’s shockingly easy to make, so no excuses!
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 teaspoon good vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon), optional
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, 1/2 cup of water, sugar and lemon juice. Stir frequently, and bring to a low boil.
In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water.
Slowly stir the cornstarch into the blueberries, taking care not to crush the blueberries. Simmer until the homemade blueberry sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla and lemon zest.
Say what? A book review?! I know…they’re becoming somewhat rare around here. The truth is, I’ve been reading a lot of older books and I don’t really think anyone is interested in a review about something that was published 4 years ago. Maybe I’m wrong. Who knows.
Anyway, I finally read something current and worth sharing and it’s absolutely beautiful. I swiped this novel off the shelves because of (duh) the cover. It’s a stunner. I knew it was coming home with me after perusing the first page, but what I didn’t know what that it’s sort of part of a series. I say sort of because the stories don’t necessarily follow each other, but they do follow the same family. I was worried that I might be at a disadvantage not having read any of the previous books, but this novel stood completely on its own and if you haven’t read the others you will be fine. Whew.
But I will also say, having read this one, I will probably go out and purchase everything Beatriz Williams has ever written. The writing is beautiful and engaging, fast paced and yet exquisitely descriptive. I soaked up every last word. I didn’t want it to end…and truth be told, I wasn’t all that mad about the ending and I still loved the book. (Just fyi, I’ve read other reviews and most people seem pleased with the ending. It must just be me. So if you read it, let’s chat and I’ll tell you why I wasn’t so crazy about it.) So I guess that point of all this gushing is to say – go pick this book up. It would also be a pretty perfect vacation read if you’ve got one of those coming up. Lucky you.