Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Love these special editions and this is my absolute favorite book of all time. :) Worth Reading, Vintage Books, Jane Eyre, Bookish Things, Books Worth, Penguins Classic, Favorite Books, Janeeyre, Retro Vintage
Charlotte Brontë's plain governess heroine was boring and smug, but she's really not. She's clever, she questions authority, she knows beauty is only skin deep, and she sticks to her guns. She's candid about her feelings, and she is kind to her friends. The crisis of her life comes when she finds her fiancé is already married. She refuses to run away with him, urges him to be kind to the wife he hates, and leaves with nothing and rebuilds her life. No wonder she gets a happy ending at last.
After running away from her unloving and cruel aunt, the orphaned Jane endures a harsh existence at an Evangelical school, where she at least finds some friends and kindness. When she comes of age, she takes a position as governess to the children of the moody, Byronic Mr. Rochester. As time passes, she begins to fall deeply in love with her magnetic employer... The best part of this book is that it sets itself up to be critiqued and analyzed, particularly in word choice and character types.