Books by April Lindner

LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A satisfying if predictable crowd pleaser. (Fiction. 13-17)"
A European summer flirtation blossoms into something more in this romance set in Italy and Pennsylvania. Read full book review >
CATHERINE by April Lindner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Not as emotionally engaging as readers might desire, but solid and well-told. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
After discovering that her mother, Catherine Eversole Price, had not died, as her father told her, but instead deserted the family and then disappeared, 17-year-old Chelsea Price goes on a quest to find out what happened to her. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Forced to leave college by the death of her parents, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall as nanny to the daughter of former rock megastar Nico Rathburn, who's now making a comeback. Both quickly fall in love with Jane, although she's a distinctly odd duck, primly thinking of and addressing her employer as "Mr. Rathburn" and disconnected from her peers. Jane's passivity and naïve acceptance of strange doings at Thornfield feel anachronistic. They're superficially faithful to the original, but readers will miss Brontë's Gothic intensity. Mr. Rochester, the archetypal Brontë hero—mysterious and dangerous, irresistible to Jane and generations of readers—doesn't survive translation into a YouTube-era celebrity. Jane Eyre's harsh world was perilous for single, penniless women; ours—even for an impecunious Sarah Lawrence dropout—can't compete. Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)Read full book review >