Book Review – Wide Sargasso Sea By Jean Rhys


Before I start this book review I want to point out I have actually read this book three times, the first after reading Jane Eyre, the second for University as part of Post Colonial Studies and this third time as part f the 1000 and one books challenge and each reading was completely different, I hope this review which will mention all three will be interesting to you all.


First let me point out his version I have has lots of extra material, it has glossaries, historical and author facts however if you just want to read for pleasure it might be worth getting a different version as it can be a little distracting.

The first time I ever read this book I read it directly after reading Jane Eyre, and I primarily felt pity for Jane even though she does not feature in this book.  The suffering she had inflicted upon her through no fault of her own coloured my reading of this book and I found myself angry at Rochester for his weakness and apathy.

The second time I read it I was at university and it was part of the Post Colonial Studies reading list, this made me read it critically looking at it in terms of slavery etc, and I actually felt sorry for Rochester and Bertha by the end of that reading.  Both of them were at the mercy of their families and society, they had no options in life and were expected to follow the instructions of their families who made the match for their own financial benefits not caring less about the two people who would be forced to spend the rest of their lives together.

This third time I read the book I actually feel incredibly sad for both Bertha and Rochester, it was a match that could never really have ever worked but any chance they did have was destroyed by the interference of others for their own agendas.  The relationship is like a car crash happening in slow motion, you can see the collision is imminent yet you hope that one or the other will swerve at the last minute but in the midst of the impact you realise that the debris spreads far and wide.

Although this is classed as the prequel to Jane Eyre I do recommend reading them separately and leaving time between the two, the Rochester Jane Eyre meets only exists because of the Rochester Bertha marries and the two are of course inter linked but the two relationships themselves and the styles the stories are written in are very different and going straight from one to the other will colour your view.

The descriptions of the landscape and the way of life is enchanting, one can see the contrast between the lush, vibrant Caribbean landscape of Bertha’s childhood and the grey desolate surroundings of Thornfield, and one does question if this actually adds to her madness, if others had not interfered,  if the passion they had experienced in those first few nights had been left untainted, would she have remained sane?  Her mothers madness seemed to have been brought on by the tragedy of her brothers death, so it is not clear if hereditary madness was already in the family.  In some ways rather than providing a clear explanation of the back story Rochester and Bertha’s marriage it opens a the way for a myriad of other questions and possibilities.

I have to say I struggle to mark this one because once you have studied a book it is harder to simply enjoy it as a story, I think I will give it a 4 out of 5 only because for me personally there are a couple of threads I would like a little more detail on.

Seditious – The Latest Instalment in the Light-Bearer Series

Sometimes people come into your life and you have no idea how much they will come to mean to you and the author Emily Guido creator of the fantastic Light-Bearer Series is one of those people.  Her blog was one of the first I came across here on WordPress and from our very first interaction in the comments section I knew she was a person OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthat I admired.  The road to success has not been easy, I have been privileged to be able to say I can now call Emily a friend and have seen her battle her own doubts as well as those created by unfair and scathing reviews left for no other reason than to cause distress.  Despite the self doubt these reviews inflicted upon her Emily held her head high going from strength to strength both in her writing and in her personal life, not only did she earn a Masters Degree but I am sure she won’t mind me mentioning her battle with her weight which she has chronicled on her own blog and the decision to get a gastric band the result of which has been amazing and the only risk is that Emily’s author photo will soon outshine those of her heroine on the covers of her books.  Success does not get handed to anyone on a plate, Emily has earned every ounce of hers through hard work and determination, although of course the fact she is incredibly talented does help of course.  In the world of the internet you can meet a lot of people who are not what they seem but Emily is not one of them, she is intelligent, imaginative and one of the most genuinely nice people you will ever come across and someone I am proud to call a friend.

Anyway enough of me waffling the reason we are here is her new book…


  • Seditious (The Light-Bearer Series Book 4) by Emily Guido


  • The Ebook Pre-Sale e-book will run from December 3, 2014 for $2.99
  • The Physical Book will go live in January 21st for $9.99 and ebook $4.99.



Seditious is the perfect title for the 4th book in The Light-Bearer Series. This book captures jealously, deceit, and restoration of love flawlessly.
Life at the Castle Charmeine is blissful until reality of the ruling the Elder Council of the Blood-Hunters causes dissent. An unexpected depth to both Tabbruis and Dmitri’s personalities humanizes both men.
This novel shows a side to Tabbruis and Charmeine’s relationship which will throw any reader of The Light-Bearer Series off kilter. Seditious is the continuation of their romantic and turbulent love story and mission on Earth to battle Lucifer’s minions!
Lord Cromwell is a lethal Blood-Hunter who has escaped the Elder Council Prison. He sends his beautiful agent to cause destruction to those who live at the Castle Charmeine.
Bathsheba is a deadly, sexy, and vicious siren who threatens Charmeine and Baby Hunter. Not just with her present actions, but, with the past she shares with Tabbruis and Dmitri. However, the family works together to unravel Bathsheba’s deadly secrets.
Just when you think they are in the clear, a more heinous and ominous villain waits in the wings to tear apart our ill-fated lovers, Charmeine and Tabbruis.
Seditious is a heart wrenching and exciting story of passion, betrayal, and redemption you will not want to miss!


The prizes will be

Autographed Copy of SEDITIOUS – US, UK, CAN, AUS

Autographed Copy of CHARMEINE, MACTUS and ACCENDO – US, UK, CAN, AUS

A $25 Amazon Card

Author Emily Guido Bio

Emily Guido is Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing The Light-Bearer Series because one day she got an idea of two star-crossed lovers which needed to have their story told.
The Light-Bearer Series is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, with Vampires, Angels, History, Action and Adventure. The novels Charmeine, Mactus, Accendo, Seditious, Ransom and Conundrum are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!
Emily is currently works for a Fortune 500 Company and has a Master of Business Administration.

Emily’s Stalker Links

Emily Guido – Email
Emily Guido – Author WEBSITE
Emily Guido – Author FACEBOOK Page
Emily Guido – Author TWITTER

Buy links – Amazon

CHARMEINE the First Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon
MACTUS the Second Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon
ACCENDO the Third Novel in The Light-Bearer Series on Amazon
SEDITIOUS the Fourth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series

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Coming Soon

RANSOM the Fifth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series
CONUNDRUM the Sixth Novel in The Light-Bearer Series


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SEDITIOUS is out for full price on December 20, 2014 


Technical Issues

Really quick as this is sadly from my phone. Last night the laptop worked fine this morning it is dead and won’t load windows. It should still be in warranty but literally only by a week or two. At this point I could cry things are supposed to back up to my dropbox automatically but I at least have paper copies of ten of the Voices stories I have been doing the final edits on. I will keep you updated as soon as I know more.

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Vlog Time #13 – Barges & Book Trailers

Still getting to grips with the new camera, am thinking I need to designate a place in the house specifically for filming with very little in the background and hopefully that will solve the focus issues, it was a little better this time and only went out of focus a little when my screen mate moved.  Also the barge pictures were taken without a flash so again something I need to practise more with the camera but I still quite liked the results.