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I started reading this for a book club, but I couldn't help finishing it earlier than we were supposed to. I was surprised at how engrossed I was with Jane Eyre's story - I expected a decent, but unsurprising romance, and instead found a compelling tale that kept me interested to the end.
Charlotte Brontë's writing is very limpid and clear, and her storytelling is simple and effective. The story itself benefited from the characters, which were well explored and mostly realistic - I particularly like Mr. Rochester. All in all, I liked this book, but didn't love it. I can appreciate it as a classic and see why it's become one, though. Highly recommended!