Thornfield Hall, Paperback Book
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The Rochesters are very good at keeping secrets...Thornfield Hall, 1821.

Alice Fairfax takes up her role as housekeeper of the estate.

But when Mr Rochester presents her with a woman who is to be hidden on the third floor, she finds herself responsible for much more than the house.

This is the story Jane Eyre never knew - a narrative played out on the third floor and beneath the stairs, as the servants kept their master's secret safe and sound.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781782395249

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This is clever and well written but ultimately unsatisfying. It tries to answer some of the questions you have when you read "Jane Eyre".Do the servants know who is in the attic? Why does Mrs Fairfax not tell Jane if she knows who it is?The explanation is plausible but the issue with this book is how it ends. What the author is going to do is telegraphed right from the beginning and surprise surprise, she does exactly that and I just didn't buy it.

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