Author: M.C. Frank
Genre: Historical Fiction, Retelling
Related Words: retelling, Jane Eyre, governess, romance
The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder. He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence. How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even more despicable than even he could have imagined. He hadn’t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did. What he doesn’t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour. The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he’ll never see her again. He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her. Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind-hearted, lovely. Ruined. A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency reverse retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it.
– M.C. Frank
Ruined was a great read and the story was very well written. The wording of the story was hard to understand at times as it was more formal and mature, but once you start reading, the story picks up and the story is amazingly crafted.
The story tells of Beatrice and Dominic as she comes under his employment to take care of his ward. As the story progresses, the two find themselves falling in love, but Beatrice unfortunately has a haunting past and must fight with it in order to achieve happiness.
The characters were greatly crafted and Beatrice and Dominic had great character development. I found myself engrossed in the story of Beatrice and Dominic more than once and thought it was a wonderful retelling of Jane Eyre. The story, I thought, started out really strong and then proceeded to tell the story through Dominic’s memories as he recounts the past events. I thought this was an effective way of telling the story and kept the reader’s interest until the very end.
I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction and Jane Eyre!