I have no idea how many times I have read this book over the years. It is elegant and heart-breaking. It is also #12 on the The Guardian's list of 100 best English novels.
Jane Eyre is a gothic romance novel written in England during the Victorian Era by Charlotte Bronte.
Jane Eyre is an orphan who was raised by a wealthy but cruel aunt. She is relieved when she is sent to a boarding school but her relief is short-lived when she finds she has traded the cruel aunt for a cruel headmaster. With limited options, Jane finishes her schooling and teaches at the school for a couple of years. When the opportunity of a governess position in a private home becomes available, Jane is happy to accept.
It is at her new home, Thornfield, that Jane meets the love of her life. That love does not run smoothly.