Escaping Mr. Rochester

L.L. McKinney (author)



“Escaping Mr. Rochester” reimagines Charlotte Bronte’s classic, casting Mr. Rochester as the villain in a Black queer young adult romance. Jane Eyre and Bertha Mason unite against Rochester’s dark plans, finding strength in each other. L.L. McKinney’s tale is one of empowerment, intrigue, and defiance.

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Number of pages: 352

Published: 14 March 2024

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In the innovative retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s beloved masterpiece, “Escaping Mr. Rochester,” acclaimed author L.L. McKinney conjures a riveting narrative that challenges the very foundations of a classic. This book, rooted in empowerment, intrigue, and a refreshing Black queer young adult romance, flips the script on the original tale’s dynamics, casting Edward Rochester not as the brooding hero, but as the unmistakable villain.

Jane Eyre, independent and ambitious, embarks on a journey to carve out her own destiny, far from the traditional confines of marriage. Her path leads her to Thornfield Hall, where she becomes a governess under the employ of Edward Rochester. Initially captivated by Rochester’s enigmatic charm and handsome appearance, Jane soon finds herself entangled in a web of suspicion. The eerie wails that haunt the halls and Rochester’s unpredictable temper hint at dark secrets buried within the mansion’s walls, particularly on the topmost floor where Bertha Mason, Rochester’s wife, endures a life of imprisonment.

Bertha’s existence at Thornfield Hall is a testament to her strength in the face of adversity. Locked away by Rochester as a cruel means of revenge and control over her inheritance, Bertha remains resilient. However, as Rochester’s patience wears thin with Bertha’s defiance and Jane’s probing, the danger surrounding both women escalates, threatening their very lives.

“Escaping Mr. Rochester” is a tale of survival, alliance, and defiance against the oppressive forces embodied by Edward Rochester. Jane and Bertha, each strong in their own right, find in each other not only a partner in their quest for freedom but also the possibility of something deeper. As they navigate Rochester’s sinister schemes, their bond becomes their greatest strength. But with Rochester closing in, the question remains: can they escape his grasp and forge a path of their own?

This novel is not just a retelling; it’s a bold reclamation of narrative power, offering readers a story of love, resilience, and the unyielding courage to seek one’s truth. “Escaping Mr. Rochester” invites you to witness the transformation of familiar characters into champions of their own fate, in a world where their voices, at long last, take center stage.

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Weight 383 g
Dimensions 21 × 14 × 2.6 cm