Mr. Rochester / Sarah Shoemaker.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: On his eighth birthday, Edward Rochester is banished from his beloved Thornfield Hall to learn his place in life. His journey eventually takes him to Jamaica where, as a young man, he becomes entangled with an enticing heiress and makes a choice that will haunt him. It is only when he finally returns home and encounters one stubborn, plain, young governess, that Edward can see any chance of redemption - and love.
    • Other Titles:
      Mister Rochester.
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Booklist Reviews 2017 April #2

Shoemaker gives Jane Eyre's Mr. Rochester a book of his own. There are hints of Jane's early life in his; both are lonely children, although their circumstances are much different. Rochester loses his mother early and, as a second son, follows a path laid out for him by his autocratic and largely absent father, from private tutoring to an apprenticeship at a counting house to college at Cambridge and then, at age 18, to Jamaica. Then come his disastrous marriage; his return to England, mad wife in tow, when he inherits Thornfield; and his dissipations in Paris, until, finally, Jane comes into his life. Readers will not find the brooding and tortured Rochester who is such a force in Jane Eyre; in these pages, he is a bit of a dull dog. It's interesting to see, nevertheless, how Shoemaker constructs a biography from the information provided in Brontë's novel and also to see the events familiar from that novel through his point of view. Recommend this to anyone eager for another take on Jane Eyre. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 March #3

In this work of historical fiction, Shoemaker depicts the private life of Mr. Rochester from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Who exactly is the mysterious Mr. Rochester, and how exactly did he become entangled in that hellish marriage with Bertha Antoinetta Mason? Shoemaker delves into the as yet untold past of Edward Fairfax Rochester, bringing to light the events that led him to Thornfield Hall and his beloved Jane. Readers begin their acquaintance with Mr. Rochester on his eighth birthday as he is sent off to his first days of school at Black Hill under Mr. Hiram Lincoln. Sadness imbues Edward's life—shaped by the early loss of his mother and the constant manipulation, neglect, and bullying of his father and older brother, Rowland. As the pieces of his life come together, readers watch Edward make his way toward an unavoidable future set out for him by Brontë. He meets pivotal mentors who teach him the rules of the world he is meant to enter, eventually following his inheritance to the shores of Jamaica, where things quickly become more complicated than he is prepared for. Shoemaker's detailed writing will transport readers to a bygone age of romance and heartbreak. Agent: Jennifer Weltz, Jean V. Naggar Literary. (May)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.