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Sometimes described as the female Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel, North and South, dealt with issues of class, feminism, social reform and the plight of the working classes, entwining those themes seamlessly with a timeless romance between Margaret Hale and John Thornton. Northern Light is a continuation of that novel which sees John and Margaret embarking on tSometimes described as the female Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel, North and South, dealt with issues of class, feminism, social reform and the plight of the working classes, entwining those themes seamlessly with a timeless romance between Margaret Hale and John Thornton. Northern Light is a continuation of that novel which sees John and Margaret embarking on their lives together whilst working to improve the lives of their work force.With the threat of another strike, a series of bad mill accidents, a lethal fire and failed speculation, life in Milton is not easy for anyone and it won't be long before the mill masters and their workers clash once more, with devastating consequences.Getting married and starting a family is difficult enough at the best of times but for John and Margaret, married life will present unique challenges and despite the reforms they are making, even they will not escape Milton's troubles unscathed....

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ISBN : 12727447
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Number of Pages : 358 Pages
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Northern Light Reviews

  • Maria Grazia
    2018-11-22 06:42

    All of us loving Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South have dreamt about what married life would be like for John and Margaret after those final words: “'Hush!' said Margaret, 'or I shall try and show you your mother's indignant tones as she says, "That woman!"Fan fiction writers dare go past them to give our dreams colours and feelings, emotions and expressions.Catherine Winchester starts her Northern Light exactly from where Mrs Gaskell had stopped and imagines what the dreaded meeting between Margaret and Mrs Thornton, John’s stern spiteful mother, will be like. Margaret doesn’t flinch and will succeed in conquering the other woman dear to John’s heart. She will win her sympathy and her affection.Margaret is rich now and her husband, once the most respected entrepreneur in Milton, is instead bankrupt. The tittle-tattle of the town is that he has married her for interest. But once the newly married couple is before their eyes, everybody can recognize the passionate bond between them. The same evident bond which wins Mrs Thornton ‘s suspicion: that young woman from the South really loves her son and makes him happy. She comes even to love her for that. With Fanny, John’s sister, it will not be that easy. The relationship between Margaret and John’s sister will be troubled by the latter’s jealousy and envy: her brother’s brave, smart , resourceful wife was everything she had never been. In Catherine Winchester’s version Margaret is a career woman. She shares the managing of Marlborough Mill with John and wants to know and understand everything about the cotton market. Their married life is smooth and happy until what should be the happiest event in their married life turns to endanger Margaret’s life.Ms Winchester’s work is based on careful historical reaserch and the narration is full of details about the economy and social reality of Victorian Industrial North. Margaret and John will achieve to make a remarkable, ambitious plan a successful reality: in the difficult contest of economical depression they will build Thornton Village providing their workers with cheap accomodation and necessary services. They will make workers’ families’ living conditions better . This will reduce the conflict and improve the welfare.There are, of course, romantic moments though the John/Margaret romantic interaction is not the main aspect in the plot.Honestly, while reading I got the impression that John’s and Margaret’s characters are quite different from Gaskell’s version in Northern Light. He loses his passionate temper, his stubborness and his authoritative demeanour to become a tender, always patient worshipper of his wife, who blame himself for anything negative happening to her or feels himself below her if not unworthy of her love. Margaret is, instead, the embodiment of perfection: she’s mature,brave, patient, impeccable. A wonder of a heroine. This transformation may be due to Catherine Winchester’s personal perception of the two protagonists which could be different from mine. However, they were round complex characters in Gaskell’s portrait, which means flawed and more realistic. Here they become quite flat, types. But maybe this is something others can appreciate, isn’t it?A pleasant reading on the whole.

  • Contemplative
    2018-12-02 07:42

    I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South as well as the BBC movie. I am not a fan of this continuation sequel. I can't believe what the author did to poor Margaret. I absolutely hated the storyline after that. And people, get your books edited for goodness sake! The typos in this paperback version kept getting worse and worse till it was beyond joking! I felt insulted as a reader. If you're going to publish a book with your name on it wouldn't you want it to be your best work? Seriously, skip this one and read A Heart for Milton by Trudy Brasure instead.

  • Fla Fla
    2018-12-18 03:45

    Once you get obsessed about something, you crave for more, I of course felt the same way about North and South and wished it had a sequel, no one wants to read at the end of a beloved book something like 'and they lived happily ever after...' give us details, carry on, it's never a happy ever after and good thing too, because that would be just boring. So I am happy to gather as many sequels as I can on stories I have loved. Although I was not always pleased with the story, I grew fond of it and some of the new characters I have met.PS A note to the author, I as an animal lover have to ask, why did you have to kill Bill? (no pun intended...)I always react poorly, even in fiction, when an animal dies... Watson by all means, I was happy to see gone.

  • Suze JA
    2018-12-13 07:37

    I am sorry to say i did not finish this book. it just did not seem to hold my interest long enough :(

  • Silvana Feijóo
    2018-11-20 05:55

    I've read many fan fics about North and South since I've read it last January for my first time, and this is not my favourite. Too much focused in commercial situation, and I would love to read more about them and their relationship. It's ok, because maybe some people would like it. They could, finally, resolve the situation favorably. For them and their employees. And despite the difficulties, their love always kept them together. It will not be my favourite, but it is one more way that John and Margaret remain forever in my heart ...

  • Rhee
    2018-11-22 06:31

    I was wrongI didn't read this book for a while because loathed the cover. It was so out of place in my mind for John and Margaret. As for the writing, it wasn't bad. To me, some of it seemed very out of place given the time period, personalities of the characters, and setting. But, the book was entertaining enough to finish. It was a lot slower of a read, for me, than other sequels and variations of North and South. I think that was because of the items I mentioned that seemed out of place. Still if you are a North and South fan, it's not bad.

  • Julischka
    2018-11-20 07:34

    ‘Northern light’ ist ein Sequel zum Kultroman North and South von Elizabeth Gaskell und beginnt direkt nach dem Ende von North and South, so als würde nur ein neues Kapitel beginnen.Das Buch begleitet John und Margaret über circa 5 Jahre bei ihrer Heirat, ihrem täglichen Leben, bei der Weiterentwicklung der Spinnerei und bei der Vergrößerung der Familie.John kann immer noch nicht glauben, daß Margaret wirklich einen Mann wie ihn liebt, Margaret muss sich erst in ihrer neuen Rolle als Ehefrau zurecht finden und natürlich gibt es auch in der Spinnerei und im Umfeld der beiden immer wieder Probleme.Werden sie es trotzdem schaffen ihre Liebe zu erhalten und glücklich miteinander zu sein?Im Vorwort erklärt die Autorin, daß sie sich im Vorfeld über zwei Punkte besonders Gedanken gemacht hat:1. Soll sie den Schreibstil und die Wortwahl von EG komplett übernehmen oder moderner schreiben?und2. soll sie den moralischen Standards der Zeit entsprechen und dabei bleiben, daß es keine ‘handfesten’ Liebesbekundungen zwischen Margaret und John gibt?Sie hat sich in beiden Punkten dazu entschieden ihren eigenen Weg zu gehen. So achtet sie schon darauf, daß die Wortwahl der Personen halbwegs in die Zeit paßt, schreibt aber wesentlich moderner als Gaskell, was mir persönlich daß Lesen sehr erleichtert hat.Und im Gegensatz zu North and South dürfen sich Margaret und John auch mal küssen; es wird aber nie zu graphisch.Trotzdem schafft es Catherine Winchester im weiteren Verlauf der ersten Kapitel einen, wie ich finde, schönen Brückenschlag zum Film zu schaffen.Die Geschichte des Buches fand ich sehr schön, wenn auch manchmal für meinen Geschmack nicht ganz auserzählt und ihr Schreibstil erscheint mir auch noch nicht zu hundert Prozent ausgereift.Der Fokus des Buches liegt ganz deutlich auf Margaret und John aber natürlich kommen auch alte Bekannte vor und auch einige wichtige neue Figuren werden eingefügt.Ich hatte bei den bekannten Figuren nie das Gefühl, daß sich jemand irgendwie außerhalb seines bekannten Charakters bewegt, wenn sich auch der ein oder andere natürlich weiterentwickelt.Besonders alles was John betrifft (in der Badewanne, beim Tanzen, ein Kind im Arm, etc.) hat mir beim Lesen wundervolles Kopfkino beschert – dazu braucht es bei mir aber zugegebenermaßen wenigDen Preis für das Buch fand ich etwas hoch, aber wer einen e-book-Reader besitzt kann das mit der deutlich billigeren e-Book-Ausgabe umgehen.

  • Aoi
    2018-12-01 08:32

    "North & South" ranks on my most favorite books list, and without a doubt the love story of John Thornton and Margaret Hale is one of the more unforgettable stories in literature, on par with Wuthering Heights or Anne of Green Gables series. Imagine my surprise when I heard of the sequel to Ms. Gaskell's works.Our story continues from where it has left off, just after Margaret accepting Mr. Thornton's proposal. At the outset, we realise this book has been written in a more mordern, fanfiction-like style. Normally, I love to read a continuation on the lives of these beloved characters. However,the whole drive and passion characterised by North & South is sadly missing. John Thornton ceases to be the stubborn hardened, passionate mill manufacturer; and instead transforms into this tender idealistic lover who is calm and understanding to Margaret's every need. Dont' get me wrong, John Thornton is a gem of a hero, but his stubborn nature led to lot of conflicts in the previous book.And I'd imagined their married life to be one of constant debate , passionate discussion, frequent fights with the love and respect they share over-riding all else. To be treated to this "fluffy" and OOC portrayal of their married lives, comes across as flat, and rather bland.In addition, there are none of the plot complexities that made N & S a novel to cherish. There is a liberal use of mordern language, of antichronous habits of calling one's proper English mother-in-law by her name, of characters that had a lot of depth to be reduced to cookie cutout chariatures.I really do not know if I'll be able to finish the book. For being a sentimental favorite, I'd rate it 2 & 1/2 stars.

  • Dancer
    2018-12-18 01:27

    Sometimes described as the female Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel, North and South, dealt with issues of class, feminism, social reform and the plight of the working classes, entwining those themes seamlessly with a timeless romance between Margaret Hale and John Thornton. Northern Light is a continuation of that novel which sees John and Margaret embarking on their lives together whilst working to improve the lives of their work force.With the threat of another strike, a series of bad mill accidents, a lethal fire and failed speculation, life in Milton is not easy for anyone and it won't be long before the mill masters and their workers clash once more, with devastating consequences.Getting married and starting a family is difficult enough at the best of times but for John and Margaret, married life will present unique challenges and despite the reforms they are making, even they will not escape Milton's troubles unscathed.I have read several "North and South" retellings/sequels. This one is better than many, but is sadly lacking in credibility. There were anachronisms such as John and Margaret spending "quality time" together, as well as keeping their "eyes on the prize." The words "though" and "thought" are often switched, creating typos. The point of view changes often - sometimes within the same paragraph. A good editor would be worthwhile. It was a bit disconcerting to have Margaret give birth and return to work within a week. Childbirth was not that easy during the 1830s. Margaret's character is not consistent with the original.

  • LisaMontgomery
    2018-11-24 03:34

    Sometimes described as the female Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel, North and South, dealt with issues of class, feminism, social reform and the plight of the working classes, entwining those themes seamlessly with a timeless romance between Margaret Hale and John Thornton. Northern Light is a continuation of that novel which sees John and Margaret embarking on their lives together whilst working to improve the lives of their work force. With the threat of another strike, a series of bad mill accidents, a lethal fire and failed speculation, life in Milton is not easy for anyone and it won't be long before the mill masters and their workers clash once more, with devastating consequences. Getting married and starting a family is difficult enough at the best of times but for John and Margaret, married life will present unique challenges and despite the reforms they are making, even they will not escape Milton's troubles unscathed.This sequel to Gaskell's North and South is too modern in its approach. Ms. Winchester uses phrases such as "quality time" and "eye on the prize." She often changes the point of view, sometimes within the paragraph. Margaret has a child and a week later she is seeking sex with John. No matter if he had the appearance of Richard Armitage (from the BBC mini-series), this does not make sense. Ms. Winchester repeatedly has the typo of "thought" and "though."

  • Danielle
    2018-11-28 06:42

    Fan fiction that continues the story of Margaret and John Thornton from Elizabeth Haskell's "North and South." The story is interesting enough and Winchester includes a lot of detail of what life was like in the Industrial North during the Victorian Age, but it ultimately falls flat. In several parts the narration was told to the reader rather than shown. And I just didn't feel like these were the same characters (where was Thornton's temper?). Although, I love fan fiction and reading what others imagine happens next, I think what makes the original story so compelling is the "chase" (boy gets girl). 100 plus pages of gushing about married life is just not as interesting.

  • Eugenia
    2018-11-26 01:50

    It's a marvelous novel with α well bred story line.Though characters aren't newly introduced,they can still captive reader's attention by their doings and decisions which allow the smooth expansion of the original "north & South",avoiding at the same time painful recreations and romantic exaggerations.Mrs Gaskell would be proud of it!

  • Gemma
    2018-12-05 01:50

    North and South meets Mills and Boon. I struggled to see past the typos in my copy and the book lacks a good editor. Lots of missed opportunities to add depth and develop characters. On the plus side it's rather pacy and I read it in few sittings. It also helped me through a terrible New Years Day hangover!

  • Xenia
    2018-12-11 05:35

    This is a lovely sequel to Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. I did not like it as much as Trudy Brasure's sequel to N&S though. About half way through the book I couldn't wait to get to the end. I think I would have liked it more if I had read it before reading Trudy Brasure's A Heart for Milton.

  • Delia Sandford
    2018-12-18 03:31

    Really enjoyed this book hope there is a follow up x

  • Stacey Leahey
    2018-11-28 05:53

    Good romance, and love Margaret and John. But more interesting was the conflicts with the mill owners and the working poor before unions were respected.