In celebration of International Chick Lit Month, we have had Chook Lit, Chick Lit , Heroes and Heroines , NZ Chick Lit and today readers we have a Guest Chick Lit review from Nancy Parker.
Review: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Okay, so I have to admit the first time I read North and South was after I’d watched the BBC adaption. Honestly after seeing Richard Armitage in the title role, how could any woman resist?
But beyond just the great acting, it was the story that drew me in. Partially a drama about unions and classes, partly a great romance equal to anything Jane Austen wrote; North and South is just a perfect classic tale of honest, difficult, and passionate love.
It is the world that keeps you reading. The history behind the mythical town of Milton and the cotton mills there. The union battles and the hard-working, coal coated workers. The woman, raised in the greenery and fresh air of the South tossed into the unforgiving, soot filled world of the North. The hardened and angry mill master who thought he’d never fall in love. The union man with a dying daughter, embittered by the upper-class. And all three tangled together in an increasingly complex dance of friendship, rejection, and eventually love.
Yes, the book is complex. Yes, the dialogue is classically English, and therefore drawn out and ornate. And, yes, it takes forever to get to the climax. But it is well worth it. If you enjoy Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey, then you will love this book. I highly recommend watching the BBC adaption also… if only for the slightly modernized and oh-so-romantic ending. Definitely five stars.
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Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, and Babysitting, full time nanny tips etc. You can reach her @ firstname.lastname@example.org