Pocket Chronicles, Volume 1 – AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER! (VOLUME 2 Coming this Fall!)
Thornfield’s Pocket Chronicles is a collection of vignettes about the life of Edward Rochester, stories of the people, places and events which shaped the man before he met the love of his life, Jane Eyre.
Volume One recounts the incidents and chain of events which compelled Edward to leave England and follow the path laid out for him by his father, Henry Rochester. Because his elder brother would inherit the family estate, Edward’s father determined to secure his youngest son’s future by means of marriage—to the daughter of his wealthy old friend in Jamaica. Edward refuses, but when circumstances leave him no choice, he must submit to his father’s scheme and go.
Four years later, when his father and brother are dead, Edward decides to leave the West Indies and a disastrous marriage behind, determined to make a new life for himself. But no matter where he goes, Edward cannot escape his past.
Edward Rochester has endlessly searched the world for love, but after ten long years of wandering abroad he is more convinced than ever—it is an impossible quest. In a bitter, disappointed frame of mind he at last returns home to England, believing still that true love can never be his. But an unexpected encounter with destiny in the shape of the remarkable young woman, Jane Eyre, upends his world.
She is like no one he has ever met. Their acquaintance soon grows into friendship, and he finds her full of whimsical contrasts. He tells her of his travels, and freely confides in her his many faults. She listens without judgment, yet in her eyes he fancies empathy, perhaps even a longing of her own? But he must resist, knowing the terrible secret he harbors stands like an insurmountable barrier to his forbidden desire.
But one night, Jane’s daring and courage snatch him from a horrible, burning death. As they stand together in the intimacy of the aftermath, Edward’s feelings will be denied no longer: he is desperately in love with her.
For a man whose youthful surrender to duty long forgotten forever altered the course of his life, Edward is faced with an unbearable choice: will he again yield to the will of others, to the man-made laws which shackle him to one woman, while his body and spirit yearn for another? Will he defy society, the Law—and even God—to have what he wants?
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