Review: Midsummer at Eyre Hall (Eyre Hall Trilogy, #3) Luccia Gray

Midsummer at Eyre Hall (Eyre Hall Trilogy #3)Midsummer at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Luccia Gray in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Midsummer at Eyre Hall’ is the third and FINAL instalment in the ‘Eyre Hall’ trilogy! I can’t believe that everything has finally come to a close and Jane and her friends and family can now finish this chapter in their lives.

What I love most about this series is the beautiful prose which has started in the first novel and has lasted until this very last one. It is not unusual for authors to sometimes stray from their original styles and ideas for a series. I’ve also encountered LOTS of novels where second book syndrome has suddenly struck down a series. Or even more worse, the series just lost that original flare. This has not been so with ‘Midsummer at Eyre Hall’! It’s grasp on me remained true and steady!

I’m quite amazed at the amount that has happened just in the course of THIS novel! There were betrayals and deaths and births and new loves. Honestly, listing all that had happened would take me a mighty long while and you would get more pleasure out of picking up this series (or instalment) and reading it. I loved the wild adventure that the author had put ALL her readers on! There was this constant an quick pace that continued on relentlessly until the very last page. And even then it promised for more! I loved that it kept me gripped and reading without an ounce of boredom. I really can’t remember even one moment where I would yawn with boredom: tiredness and lack of sleep definitely! But never, ever boredom!

I especially loved how the events remained real and true. There wasn’t anything that would make me doubt the authenticity and poignancy of ANY moment! The characters really pulled through in this department. I very much admired the creativity and originality of some of these events. They weren’t limited in any way and I really enjoyed that!

The characters, as I’ve mentioned above, were spectacular! The wide array and number of them was a definite part of what made this novel a solid four star. I’ve had the pleasure of reading from the points of view of the most fascinating and in-depth personalities which brought so much flavour and intrigue to its readers. I loved the introduction of some of the new characters and their subsequent role in Jane Eyre’s life. I also loved the way they presented themselves, how we readers were sometimes influence to misjudge their true characters. They were rich and vibrant! Amongst my most favourite was the sin-eater. I really couldn’t get over his fantastic creation and the fact that he played such an interesting role in the novel. He has left a definite imprint on my mind! I would love to see a short story or novella about him!

I felt like this series was a great expansion and addition to the original ‘Jane Eyre’. I had nothing to critique about its development and the progression of Jane’s life. It was a fantastic “what-could-have-been”! I felt like it remained true to Jane Eyre in every way. It had that deep, sorrowful and powerful atmosphere which permeated most of ‘Jane Eyre’ as well as the hardships that Jane faced. The era was painted gorgeously and brought to life some of its hardships.

Congratulations to Luccia Gray on publishing a wonderful conclusion in the ‘Eyre Hall’ trilogy!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall (The Eyre Hall Trilogy, #2) by Luccia Gray

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall (The Eyre Hall Trilogy, #2)Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Luccia Gray in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall’ that was as utterly captivating and awesome as ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’, which is the first novel in ‘The Eyre Hall Trilogy’. I must also mention that even though this is the second novel in the series, it can also be read as a standalone. The author does give you information about the characters and previous events if you choose to do so, but I would strongly recommend reading the first novel beforehand to get the backstory that I believe is vital to reading this one. There are also many key scenes and characters who return in this novel from the previous.
This novel takes place roughly one year after the first and does not restrict itself to one setting. It takes the reader from the Yorkshire countryside of England to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica. I found this variety of settings beautiful and flavourful as they gave the reader a change of scenery – like a breath of fresh air – whilst preserving the strong emotional atmosphere that the author silently weaves around her audience to ensure our entrapment into her gorgeous narrative world.
There has been a change to the way that Luccia Gray writes: instead of the long chapters and a multitude of various character perspectives, she now write with a chapter dedicated to a specific character whose voice is the one we read. The writing has still remained in first person narration, nevertheless. I really enjoyed this – just like in the first novel – and hope that she continues to do so in her third and following novel, ‘Midsummer at Eyre Hall’ which will be released later in 2016.
The author has also graciously responded to my review of her previous novel about my confusion with Jane Eyre’s appearance and why exactly Jane is now being referred to as beautiful and pretty by everyone instead of plain and mouse-like; why Jane now has green eyes and auburn hair, rosy cheeks with pretty lips. Since it has been roughly under a year since I’ve last read ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, I’ve forgotten the exact specifics of her appearance. I still remember her to have brown hair and eyes although this is incorrect as she has green eyes, even though Edward Rochester says that she has hazel eyes and hair with rosy cheeks and pink lips. The reason that Jane Eyre of Luccia Gray has a more beautiful appearance is the result of her having grown up and matured from her young, plain self. She was plain as a nineteen-year-old due to her having no money as an orphan and no caregivers who could provide her with good clothing, makeup, and jewelry. She was unembellished and thus plain. Now, twenty-four years later, she has gained money and status and is now able to wear better clothes, makeup, and jewelry. Thus, her appeal to other men and women has been greatly enhanced. She is now a woman and lady in her own right. I find this very likable and greatly enjoyed reading Jane’s new appearance. She seemed a more potent and virile character. (Not that she never was in the original ‘Jane Eyre’ but we must all admit that readers enjoy reading about attractive characters more than they do about ugly or unappealing ones.)
I must also warn you that the sexual ideas discussed in this novel may be unappealing to some readers. There is nothing graphic or explicit but sex is mentioned. Plus the way women who were poor or worked as servants were treated by their lords or masters is really accentuated in ‘Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall’, much like in ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’. Mason is usually the instigator of such actions. He would often demand that Mrs. Leah, who is the housekeeper, send girls or house maids up to his rooms at night to ‘entertain’ him. Often more than one would be sent up. This really shocked me and made me dislike Mason EXTREMELY but it really brought to light how different the 1800s were compared to now, and how unfavorable the conditions were often for unmarried and poor, working women.
In my opinion, this novel is also a lot lighter and easier to read than the first. The text flows more surely and it is clear that the author is more experienced with her writing than in her debut novel ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’. The story and plot were impeccably thought out. It was strong and steady but multiple little subplots were also interweaved into the one giant arc story to create a beautiful piece of fiction: truly a masterpiece.
The characters were all complex. Each and everyone had their own background, their own past, history, their mannerisms, characteristics, and personalities. Each was distinguishable and distinct from the other: something, not all authors are able to do. Many, in fact, create so many like characters that in the end, they all blend together and lose variety and difference. All characters were also dynamic and really, very realistic.
The ending was perhaps my most favourite bit. It was just right for this novel. It was slightly sad but mostly happy. I will not say that it was bittersweet – because it was not – but I will hint at the fact that it is almost a happily ever after. This novel seemed more an adventure than a fairytale and I have to say that I am most glad that I have endeavoured to pick it up and read it. (Although, to be honest, it was less of an endeavour and more of a pleasure!)
There were no grammatical or spelling mistakes. Once again the prose was just outstanding and the writing was superb. There were a few typos but I found them easy to ignore.
Congratulations to Luccia Gray on publishing what I can truthfully say is a FIVE STAR! I can’t wait to read ‘Midsummer at Eyre Hall’!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: All Hallows at Eyre Hall (The Eyre Hall Trilogy, #1) by Luccia Gray

All Hallows at Eyre Hall (The Eyre Hall Trilogy, #1)All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Luccia Gray in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’ is a continuation of the beloved world of ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte. ‘Jane Eyre’ is my number one favourite classical novel that still leaves me enchanted and in awe every single time I read it. To take on the job of writing a sequel novel to the incredible ‘Jane Eyre’ is no easy task and one few have endeavoured to do. I have to give credit to the author, beforehand, and congratulate her on her novels publication! I REALLY can’t wait to delve deep into the world of ‘Jane Eyre’ once again! The title of the novel was also an interesting choice. ‘All Hallows’ in the 1800s is known as Halloween, today.
Straight away I was gripped by the strong imagery that Luccia Gray used to set the scene. Twenty-three years had passed since Jane’s and Edward’s marriage and Thornfield Hall had been rebuilt with a new hall – Eyre Hall – also built on the Thornfield Estate.
The novel itself is written in a multitude of character perspectives and first person narration. There are often two or three different perspectives in each chapter. I believe this did not draw away from the appeal of the novel; instead, I believe it ENHANCED the appeal. I loved that I could get inside the mind of so many characters and learn so much about their lives.
There is also a difference to the Jane Eyre we know in the novel ‘Jane Eyre’ and in ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’. Jane is more confident in this novel. She is less shy and secluded – introverted – and stronger in her opinions and her ability to express them. The author also describes her as more pretty and beautiful when writing from the perspective of her male characters. I found this pleasant but also strange and different from the Jane Eyre I was used to. Jane also has wavy auburn hair and green eyes in this novel instead of the mousy brown of Charlotte Bronte. It was surprising but I liked it. The rest of Jane’s appearance is the same: she is still petite, fragile-looking and elfish.
I loved how realistic and well-developed the characters were. They seemed to pop out straight from 19th century England! They all had background stories and interests. They had personality, character and depth. I really can’t give any harsh comments or criticisms of the author’s creation of the characters: they were just done so well!
I have to also warn you that Edward and Jane are painted in a harsher light by Luccia Gray when compared to Charlotte Bronte. There are numerous differences between ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ but this was one that stood out the most.
At one point during the novel, Jane has a conversation with Michael, her valet, about the novel she had written. Michael comments that, “I liked the way in which it was written, and the plot was cleverly disclosed. Anyone who starts reading will want to finish it, to know how it ends.” THAT is what I think of ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’! I LOVED that way it was written and I too thought the plot cleverly made new or secret information known. An I ABSOLUTELY, DEFINITLEY WANT TO KNOW HOW THE NOVEL ENDS!
I have to praise the author for her beautiful writing and storytelling; her majestic prose and the excellent grammar that I frequently saw whilst reading. I spotted only one typo but it did not take away from the author’s lovely writing.
The novel sometimes strayed from the very formal language used. At times some modern words could be found or the way a character expressed themselves very modern and contemporary. This was slightly unappealing as it took away from the beautiful effect of the 1800s English. I also noticed that towards the end of the novel, the author was more lax in her choice of words and that is where most of the changes to the vocabulary from old to modern happened.
This novel doesn’t live up to the standards of ‘Jane Eyre’ but it is a great novel in its own right. The author has done a marvellous job trying the recreate Charlotte Bronte’s world and I must praise her for that. The ending itself was quite melancholy and poignant; it suited the novel and it’s quite style.
Congratulations to Luccia Gray! I can’t wait to read the next novel…

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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