A Breath of Eyre (Unbound)

A Breath of Eyre (Unbound) by Eve M. Mont 075826948X 9780758269485
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In this stunning, imaginative novel, Eve Marie Mont transports her modern-day heroine into the life of Jane Eyre to create a mesmerizing story of love, longing, and finding your place in the world...

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories-the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates. Perhaps its because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesnt come close to filling the void left by her mothers death. And her only romantic prospect-apart from a crush on her English teacher-is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emmas confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre...

Reading of Janes isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Janes body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging shes never known-and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Janes story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own...

"Captivating and heartrending... Definitely one for the favorites shelf."" --Kelly Creagh, author of Nevermore

"A rich, wonderful, smart adventure, steeped in romance. I fell into this book in the same way Emma falls into Jane Eyre and I didnt want to fall back out again." --Lesley Livingston, author of Once Every Never and the Wondrous Strange trilogy

Eve Marie Mont lives with her husband, Ken, and her shelter dog, Maggie, in suburban Philadelphia, where she teaches high school English and creative writing. Her debut womens fiction novel, Free to a Good Home, was published by Berkley Books in 2010. Visit her website at www.evemariemont.com.

Chapter One

There was no possibility of taking a swim that day. My stepmother had planned a sweet sixteen party, and the guests were about to arrive. Id told Barbara at least a dozen times that I didnt want a party, but she insisted, saying if I didnt have one, Id regret it later. And now that the day was here, setting a record for heat and humidity that summer, the only thing I regretted was that we didnt have central air- conditioning. That voice inside my head began to call me, that invisible cord tugging at my chest, drawing me to the ocean. But it was almost noon. The swim would have to wait.

Reluctantly, I threw on a tank top, cut-off shorts, and flip- flops and headed downstairs. The first thing Barbara said when she saw my outfit was, "Youre not wearing that, are you?"

I looked down at myself. "It would appear that I am."

"No, that wont do," she said, clicking her tongue and studying me as if I was beyond hope. "Go upstairs, honey, and change into something pretty."

I raised my eyebrow at her, taking in the sight of her dramatic eye makeup and her piles of well-sprayed blond hair. Barbara had been raised in the rich and fertile soil of Georgia, fed a steady diet of debutante balls, diamond jewelry, and Dolly Parton hair. Her favorite color was yellow because "its the color of sunshiiiine!"

"Im perfectly comfortable in this," I said. "Besides, its, like, a gazillion degrees in here."

"Honey, you dont know heat till youve been to Savannah in summertime. Anyway, thats even more reason to dress in something thatll make you feel pretty." Pretty being the end- all-be-all of life. "Gray Newmans going to be here," she sang.

Oh God. Gray Newman was coming to my party. Gray of the soulful hazel eyes that fooled me into thinking he had hidden depths, when really he was just a spoiled rich kid who spent his summers lifeguarding and seducing the sorority girls. At least, thats what Id heard; we didnt exactly t


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