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When Margaret Hale hastily rejected the wealthy industrialist's fervent marriage proposal, she could not have foreseen the events that would lead her to change her mind and open her heart. But was it too late now to let the handsome, brooding mill owner know? Based on the novel "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell, this book weaves a change near the end of the original pWhen Margaret Hale hastily rejected the wealthy industrialist's fervent marriage proposal, she could not have foreseen the events that would lead her to change her mind and open her heart. But was it too late now to let the handsome, brooding mill owner know? Based on the novel "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell, this book weaves a change near the end of the original plot to create a romantic continuation to an enduring love story.This variation of "North and South" is written with a special appreciation for the way Gaskell shows both John and Margaret's progressive path from their initial rigid viewpoints to an enlarged understanding of the other side's perspective, values, and experience. Challenging her readers and her characters to see past the outward differences of class, position, gender, and religion, Gaskell reveals how much we all have in common. "A Heart for Milton" brings to life all of Gaskell's rich characters: Nicholas Higgins, Hannah Thornton, Henry Lennox, Mr. Bell and others. But at its core, this tale unfolds the joy, hope, passion, and fulfillment of the love forged between John Thornton and Margaret Hale as the reader follows their journey through the uncertainties of their engagement to the trials encountered in their first year of marriage…and beyond....

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A Heart for Milton: A Tale from North and South Reviews

  • Sheila Majczan
    2018-11-20 01:15

    This book came highly recommended to me by several other readers on Goodreads. I did find it an excellent book, full of many romantic moments. Although the author alludes to acts leading up to bedroom scenes most don't go into graphic details. The ones that follow through are brief descriptions and are basically acceptable for most readers. However, if you are a reader who does not want to read of any caresses or coming together, then be warned, this book does have some MA passages.The title comes to bear in the first few pages. Margaret's aunt has come to Milton to take her back to London after her father's death. Margaret insists that she must save some of her father's books and also that she must say goodbye to some friends. She takes the copy of Plato when she goes to say goodbye to the Thorntons. John (in this varying point of action) goes into another room, and writes a brief note to her, having seen something in her face that allows him a tiny spark of hope. He puts it into a book which he gives her. She and Aunt Shaw leave but at the station she finds the note and then sends Nicholas, who is there to say farewell, with a message for Mr. Thornton. That message has John galloping to the station in the nick of time. What now ensues is just the most romantic of moments. I won't attempt to describe it as it must be read for one's self. But the outcome is that we now have an engaged couple who have become so with the fewest of words and/or actions.So he writes her a letter...which Aunt Shaw hides, thinking she can change Margaret's mind. Margaret is on pins and needles as she knows custom requires her to wait to receive the first piece of correspondence. John is also waiting for a reply to his letter. (Now readers you know you will have a HEA but I am not telling the story here.)This book is not just the interactions between John and Margaret but also a tale of upheavals in the economy as the Civil War in the USA interrupts the supply of cotton and of the outcome of gossip when a young man shows an interest in Margaret. Does the relationship between John and Margaret have the kind of trust to withstand such? And then there is Hannah Thornton's opinions about Margaret and her own relationship with her son. Will she hand over the reins of household management without a fuss or even allow any changes Margaret wants to incorporate? Even John is dismayed when a separate bedroom is set up for his intended. Nicholas and Mary are still in the picture and that relationship develops and has a very satisfactory climax. One of the highlights is the wedding trip. John is just so very thoughtful and shows such insight and willingness to please as he comes up with an idea and partners with Margaret to plan for this time. And the time spent has future rewards.My personal problem...and this has nothing to do with the author's tale but is my own quirk. I have found, for whatever reason, that I don't like to read of generations into the future as it now tells me that the couple I have fallen in love with is no longer around. I just want them to remain alive in my mind...silly me.Anyone who loved the movie (and that scene on the RR station platform) or the book which has a different ending, which in itself is amusing, will love this book. Well done and oh, so romantic.

  • Nicole Clarkston
    2018-12-11 20:25

    I can't believe I never rated this on Goodreads! *Sigh* Purely exquisite!

  • Maria Grazia
    2018-12-14 21:15

    When a love story fraught with misunderstandings, separation, financial problems, and social unrest finally begins to reveal a glimmer of happiness a moment before the closing words, you can’t help but heave a sigh and think: “If only there were a few pages more. How romantic their relationship would be!”If you’ve thought something like that after closing the book “North and South”, I’m sure you’ll love to read “A Heart for Milton,” a sequel based on Gaskell’s work.Actually, this continuation story starts well before the end of Gaskell’s book and slightly changes the path the tale had taken after Margaret’s parents had died. Aunt Shaw comes to Milton to take Margaret back to London with her - for good. The poor girl mustn’t remain in that awful place a moment longer. She has suffered so much! But this time, Mr Thornton won’t let her go. Struggling with his powerful feelings, he discerns that Margaret sounds changed while bidding him farewell. Her previous proud rejection of him still burns and hurts, and his suspicions of her relationship with the handsome young man at the station still haunt him but … he must know her feelings, he must ask her. What if she has had a change of heart? She has given him her father’s Plato and he will treasure it, but he decides to give her a book, too … with a special note inside. That trick works magic. Margaret is impelled to answer him and sends a message back to him: “My heart belongs to Milton.”Imagine John Thornton riding a horse , “the steady clopping of the horse’s hooves matched the drumbeat of his heart” and trying to reach Margaret before she leaves for London at the Milton station. Imagine him asking her to stay and marry him. How different would their story be then? Vastly different. And after an exciting, maybe awkward second proposal, what do you think Margaret will do? Well, accept it of course! And that’s the beginning of a dreamy fairy –tale.Margaret and John, betrothed against Aunt Shaw’s dislike for the man, will have to wait – but not too long - to see their dream come true. They will marry in Helstone and their honeymoon in a country cottage will be unforgettably passionate and romantic. Margaret and John will be thrilled by the discovery of how unbelievably happy their life together may be in that idyllic environment. The return to reality will be inevitable. They will have to go back to Milton. Margaret will have to share Mrs Thornton’s responsibilities in the management of the house, try to get on well with her, and take care of John. He will have to cope with a terribly difficult moment at the mill with the help of loyal Nicholas Higgins. How will their love go through these impending troubles? Will Margaret remain at her husband’s side during the hardships of financial failure?Margaret and John’s married menage in “A Heart for Milton” is full of delicious romantic scenes as well as steamy moments. They are so passionately in love with each other that they can’t stay apart for too long and giggle at Mrs Thornton’s conventional propriety in preparing separate bedrooms for the two of them. Their attraction transforms into passion so often that the pattern may become repetitive, but I’m sure that Mr Thornton’s fans, as well as Margaret herself, can never have enough of his sexy charms and will thank Trudy Brasure for the chance to drool over many delicious scenes.Reading A Heart of Milton was truly a pleasure. It was a quick, light read which gave me new occasions to appreciate the characters in North and South - all of them - from Mr Bell (who didn’t die!) to Mrs Thornton and Fanny, from the Higgins family to Dixon, from Edith to Henry Lennox, and from Aunt Shaw to little Sholto. Will Margaret and John ever quarrel? Will they have children? Will their bliss be troubled by jealousy? Will they overcome their business troubles and how? Will young Mrs Thornton help John in the mill and get on well with old Mrs Thornton? To find answers to all these questions and more, you must read this lovely tale by Trudy Brasure. Oh, I forgot to tell you… there’s only one thing you won’t find if you look for it: brooding Mr Thornton. Love will have transformed him into a sexy, smiling, tender lover. Are you ready for that?

  • Megan
    2018-11-18 23:14

    To be honest I gave up on this book 3/4 of the way through (because it wasn't holding my interest and I had started to just skim it) but I still think I should get credit for reading most of it. There's a reason most romantic fiction ends with happily ever after. As much as we don't want the story to end the next part is fairly dull. The "honeymoon phase" in this book lasted for almost 50% of the story. At first it was sweet and I enjoyed reading about Margaret and Mr. Thornton's undying love for one another. It didn't take long for the pages and pages of "I love you more. No, I love you more." to get real boring. There wasn't enough happening in this book and when the author finally did introduce a jealousy storyline it felt rushed and forced. I would've enjoyed this North and South continuation more if it had been shorter. The author does an excellent job of writing in a similar style to Gaskell. If you liked N&S and are a fan of lovey-dovey books this is the book for you.

  • Nathalie
    2018-12-19 20:07

    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, adapted by BBC is a real masterpiece of the 19th century. I love this story so much that it was aching to end it so quickly because I've dreamt so much about their future.Trudy Brasure has made my dreams a book. I have enjoyed every single paragraphs, reading again and again some parts with a smile on my face and so many emotions in my heart. I have been so overwhelmed... And I cried at the end, my tears rolled down my cheeks...You are a fan of John Thornton and Margaret Hale? Then give it a try and read a Heart for Milton. You will not regret it. ♥

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-10 21:15

    I loved this. Thank you to everyone on Goodreads who recommended this. Don't let the disparaging remarks in other reviews dissuade you. This is not your traditional bodice ripper. Very heartwarming, and romantic, and keeps to the spirit of Mrs. Gaskell's original story. It was very hard to put down! I wanted to stand up and clap at the end.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-30 20:17

    I am obsessed with all things Jane Austen and North and South but usually hate fan fiction. I was recently re-watching North and South, googled a discrepancy between the book and the movie and wound up with this book as a search result. I started reading it on the author's website and was hooked. Fan fiction is normally just plan bad. The characters are distorted, the sex scenes are repetitive, nothing happens, the writing is awful, too many modern additions make the story feel forced. In the best case, I am disappointed, in worst cases it can tarnish the original for me just a little bit.Surprisingly, I did like this book. There isn't a lot of action or tensions, the sex scenes do wind up a little repetitive, BUT I thought Ms. Brasure continued the characters believably. Not only that, she managed to reference and incorporate scenes in the original North and South in a way that felt natural. Each character felt like he/she was speaking in his/her own voice: particularly Fanny and Mrs. Thorton. By incorporating scenes and statements from the book, Ms. Brasure actually helped me to put the original in context and to imagine what the characters may have been thinking/feeling in Gaskell's version. No, its not great literature, but it certainly indulged my North and South obsession and will become one of my familiar old standbys along with the original book and the miniseries.

  • Brenda
    2018-11-25 21:24

    While I have read many continuations and variations of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, this is the first variation story I have read of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South, and phew! What a way to start!! If you have watched the 2004 BBC adaption of North & South, fallen completely in love with John & Margaret and have wished for more beyond the captivating train scene at the end, then look no further!This story begins with a slight variation. When Margaret was about to leave for London after her father’s death, what if Margaret & John’s conversation went slightly differently? What if Margaret gave Thornton reason to hope that she had had a change of heart? What would he do? Something incredibly romantic of course!! So romantic that I’ve re-read the beginning of this book multiple times like I re-watched the train scene in the TV series!This book follows John & Margaret through their courtship, engagement, honeymoon and first year of marriage. All the N&S characters we’ve come to love are included, all delightfully true to form. This book answers some of the questions I have always wondered about. How would John & Margaret interact once they understood their love for each other? In N&S we only really see them interacting in situations of misunderstanding and constraint. How will Mrs Thornton and Margaret get along? How will Margaret influence the way John runs the mill? Will Margaret fit into Milton society as the Master’s new wife? What happens to Higgins? One of the things I loved about this variation is that John & Margaret marry while the mill is still in financial turmoil. Weathering this trial together serves to strengthen their marriage and commitment to each other. I would highly recommend this book to any fan of North & South.

  • Suzan
    2018-12-08 01:00

    My disclaimer : you need to take this book for what it is, and that is a 21st century extension of a very good mid 19th century novel that ended too abruptly, even by Gaskell's own admission. In other words, the author had a lot of great material to build on and a rather poor ending from the original to set right. Heart of Milton is a enchanting story about our heroine and hero, Margaret Hale and John Thornton of North and South. Admittedly, the only people reading this book are fans of Gaskell's book North and South or fans of the BBC series. I have read other similar sequels and I believe this is the best. It covers a relatively short period of time in detail and then flashes ahead in time for a brief wrap up. The relationship between Margaret and John is not without trouble - self doubt, misunderstanding and meddlesome relatives toy with their relationship from the start. I loved how we come to understand Thornton's unresolved passion for Margaret, and his insecurity in being the subject of her emerging, and eventually, equally passionate feelings. The author recognizes Margaret's immaturity and allows her to become quite overwhelmed by the intensity of Thornton's love. Characters stay true to their originals, Fanny is still Fanny, Mrs. Thornton is a tough nut, but not without feelings, and even Dixon retains her haughty ways. Higgins is a voice of reason, rather than the moral high ground that certain sequels portray him as. Absolutely enjoyed it.

  • Xenia
    2018-12-17 20:03

    I loved this sequel to Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. This to me is the best sequel to N&S and there are at least 3 of them out there by different authors. John Thornton is so passionate in this version and reminds me more of the John Thornton that was in the BBC movie. The intimate love scenes were written very tastefully and beautifully. I love the build up and excitement to the Wedding in London. I love the development of all the main characters in N&S too. It was also nice to see the deep love between Margaret Hale & John Thornton leave its legacy through several generations. Tears were in my eyes by the end of reading this ebook. I would love to see the BBC make this into a miniseries. It is more than worth the $2.99 that I paid to download it onto my Kindle. I will definitely be reading this again. Update: I just finished reading this book for the second time and still love it.

  • Fla Fla
    2018-12-10 20:10

    After re-watching the series and re-reading the book "North & South" I could not be happy with the ending, not that it didn't end the way anyone would have wanted, a 'happily ever after', but it just felt so abrupt, leaving us speculating, and John can tell you how dangerous that is. Well, if you are like myself, craving for more this is the book fit for you. It doesn't start exactly where the book or series finished, it saves us from one year of torment, by us I refer mostly to poor Mr. Thornton. It gives us all the right elements for a sequel, with of course more details than permitted in the time when the original book was created. Suspense, drama, romance, we have it all.

  • Olga
    2018-12-01 03:14

    I am sorry to say this - for what I am going to say may insult the author - but honestly, this is ridiculous! I've been rolling my eyes every now and then whilst reading this book (i.e. attempting to start reading - for I've given up on it).This novel has nothing to do with "North and South" in the slightest, save for the names of the characters. Rather than a work of literature, this novel reminds of a shallow erotic fiction where everything (Everything!) is reduced to a flirtatious eye-making between the lovers which is inevitably dashing in the direction of The_Main_Sex_Scene (I'm rolling my eyes, time and again, for that is beyond my limit - I gave up on it somewhere on the point of wedding preparations - therefore haven't had the "pleasure" to witness The_Actual_Main_Sex_Scene). For those who want to meet Mr.Thornton and Margaret once more or to encounter the atmosphere of the original novel by Elizabeth Gaskell - my advise: do not read this book (they are not here!), do re-read the original one or go and re-watch the BBC film once more. ***added later:OMG, now - I did witness The_Sex_Scene(s) and the Morning_After. Why? (WHY?!) Whatever possessed me?!Unfortunately, once it is seen - it cannot be unseen.The author must have been mocking us.

  • Sarah Pawley
    2018-12-08 19:09

    In America, when one mentions "North and South," one usually thinks of an eighties television mini-series with Patrick Swayze. This, at least in my experience, is the reaction I always get. For me, that is a disappointment, considering that the "North and South" I speak of is a fantastic 2004 mini-series by the BBC, and it is based on a marvelous book by British author Elizabeth Gaskell. For those who have neither read the book nor seen the series, I highly recommend it. It is the story of a young lady in 19th century England who moves from her quiet country home to the crowded working town of Milton. There, she meets gruff mill owner John Thornton. At first, their personalities and values clash. But as they come to know one another, love slowly blossoms.In "A Heart for Milton," by Trudy Brasure, the story of John Thornton and Margaret Hale continues. This book is a delightful continuation of Gaskell's story, and I can't say enough good things about it. The author keeps to Gaskell's style of writing and stays true to the wonderful characters, while giving us more of the story we love. If you are looking for a romance to get lost in, this is the book for you.

  • Ginger Monette
    2018-12-19 03:19

    There aren't a plethora of books out there riding on the coat tales of North and South, but of the three or four I have read, this one was by far my favorite. I could easily picture Richard Armitage and Daniella Denby-Ashe playing out Ms Brasure's tale of Margaret and John. I loved how she used Margaret to introduce John to some of the carefree life she had enjoyed as a child--that he missed out on. I've read it twice and have no doubt I will read it again.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-29 00:28

    4.5 Stars!!!

  • Carolina Morales
    2018-12-01 03:25

    *** Warning - do not read this book unless you have Dental ***First of all, I'm really sorry for rating this novel so low. I'm sorry for the author, for the novel itself and, most of all, for myself, once I had such high expectations for this read and they have been crushed with no ceremony at all.In my defense, I really wanted to rate this book 'three stars' or above. However, by the last 50 pages or so, I found out this novel had a great deal of potential in themes introduced only by the end - how the American Civil War and the decay of the cotton farms interfeered in English industry, how Thornton managed to save the mill without Margareth's providential help (like we saw in N & S), which path Thornton decided to follow when his manufactor carrer became impossible and so much on. After reading about 350 pages of 'I love you' and 'No, I love you more', I was indignantly mad to realise there were such interesting events to be analised and no plot was given to them!It's okay Gaskell let us frustated with no sneak peek of Margaret and John's engagement, marriage or domestic life - however, it became quite tiresome after a while reading all over again how Margaret loved John, John loved Margaret, Margaret wanted to make love to John, John wanted to make love to Margaret and so on. Also, there were moments when I was not sure this book was a continuation of Gaskell's N & S or BBC's N & S. For example, there is a moment when Margaret enters the fabric and she remembers the first time whe went there searching for a Master who was unavaliable to receive her call. Well, this is how Margaret met John at the series - in the novel, he was the one to make a call at the Crampton's house, just when her father was just went out, and she was left alone to receive him. This was precisely the moment John fell for her, Margaret being perfectly unaware of it. Now we get to the point of my biggest frustration. I have read a few of Brasure's analysis of Gaskell's N & S scenes and I agreed with her in every conclusion she presented. Sadly, I still couldn't wash off the strong feeling A Heart for Milton's John and Margaret are not North and South's John and Margaret, something very important to any sucessful fan fiction. I have read lots and lots of fanfic and the ones I get to re-read are precisely those who allow this connection - the same characters in a different context. -to be continued.

  • Cassia
    2018-11-26 21:13

    Would you like a story originated from the excellent novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, "North & South"?Yes, of course. Don't stop the pleasure of reading if the writing is good, I say.This writing, by Trudy Brasure, is really a good one. The story starts from a very gloomy point of the original book, the dreadful leaving of Margaret Hale from Milton, after her beloved father's death. John Thornton and Margaret Hale love each other, but circumstances prevent them from an open declaration.Trudy believes in miracles and starts a plot where John impulsively writes a note to Margaret to express his love. Few words change everything. They will marry and start a life of work and passionate love. Devoted one to the other, they are also devoted to the city of Milton and thebusiness of cotton, which is not a matter of social success and economic prosperity, but mostly an ethic ideal. John and Margaret work hard in the manufacturing trade in order to support the working class's welfare and improve the citizenship's progress.John and Margaret will endure difficulties and dangers. They are the heart for Milton. A beautiful story, to read in one solution. Thank you Trudy, for making us dream about the worthy, reliable, strong, passionate, self-made man, John Thornton and his loving wife!

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-26 01:21

    I mean, the book could have been worse...I didn't think it was a waste of my time to read but I went in having high expectations for it and was a bit let down. I've gone down the path of spin-off novels before and have always been disappointed in either the author's delivery of the characters or the plot. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how well Brasure stuck to the personalities of the original characters, something that often falls flat in other attempts of books like this. However, I wasn't captured by the plot. Honestly, there was none. I feel like there was little to no conflict other than two instances that popped up and were resolved in a few chapters. Other than that, I felt like it revolved around their marriage and discovering intimacy for one another. Granted, that is important, especially in period novels where topics like that in social life are a huge taboo, but it wasn't enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. That was my only complaint about the book, but other than that, if you want an easy read and see John and Margaret behind the bedroom door, then go for it. You won't be disappointed.

  • Tanis Sweetnam
    2018-12-15 02:20

    Luv'd this read. So many period books end in the fashion that "North and South" did, leaving you hanging and wanting more. Authors did not seem intent on writing sequels so you had to let your imagination sore. I guess that was probably the point but this reader really did want to go deeper into the story line. This reminded me of when I read Gone With the Wind, same kind of ending.....I realize different author than the original but I do believe that Trudy tried very hard to keep with the original flavour of the book and not turn it into a "Shades of Grey" period piece. Very tastefully done. I never like to review the book to give away spoilers, I prefer to let interested potential readers know if this is really worth their time and I really do think it is.This is light reading, I completed it in 2 days, awesome for me with my hectic schedule. I fell in luv with these characters all over again. Ten thumbs up:) Give it a read I don't think you will be disappointed.

  • Nikki Morton
    2018-12-02 20:00

    I was pleasantly surprised at this 'what if' continuation of the love story between Margaret Hale and John Thornton from the book North and South. I am usually quite wary of continuation stories because of the tendency to skew the integrity of the original work. However, in this case, I think the author kept the integrity of the characters intact and had a very similar style of writing as the original work. It was probably based a little more on the BBC mini-series than the book itself, but still it felt pretty seamless with the previous plot. The love story was very sweet and passionate, but it still felt true to the time period. There are a few intimate scenes, but they're well written without any vulgarity, which I appreciate. All in all, a recommended read for any true North and South fans!

  • Bry
    2018-12-06 22:58

    Did I FINALLY finish this book? I didn't. I couldn't. Fan fiction fills that desire we all have to see our favorite characters after their happily ever after. Sometimes it's great. Sometimes it's not. This book falls firmly in the middle. Thus the 3 star rating despite not being able to finish. Most books end with the HEA because there just isn't enough after that to fill a complete novel with a beginning middle and end. So while this book was extremely well written, very true to the original characters, and done in a style very similarly to Gaskell herself it just didn't have to enough to keep me compelled from beginning to end. If you are a fan of North and South thought you should check this book out because my only issue was that it didn't keep my attention. Other than that it was lovely so judge for yourself!

  • Kaitlin
    2018-12-17 22:08

    This book was terrible. I knew going into it I was doing so at my own risk. Risking my view of these characters that I love stopped me from finishing it half way through. leaving you wanting more makes the original North and South great but taking a great story and changing it to slap the reader over the head with every over-the-top sappy thought was to much. It took Mr. Thornton,who in my opinion tops Mr. Darcy, from a strong, level headed, admirable character into a schoolgirl whose life was over if he didn't receive a letter from Margaret that day. It was terrible! I was determined to see it through though hoping it would get better or at least grow on me but gave up when we reached the honeymoon. A bit too much sex than was necessary.

  • Patty
    2018-12-13 21:59

    North and South books are so hard to find but this one was delightful. Loved reading their happily ever after.

  • jgyweniverel
    2018-12-01 01:12

    I loved "North and South". Would love to read this book. I am just a romantic fool.

  • Susan
    2018-12-11 23:59

    After the deaths of her parents Margaret Hale is leaving Milton with her Aunt Shaw. But what of John Thornton. This is their storyThoroughly enjoyed this story, and enjoyed reading more about the original characters.

  • Kim
    2018-12-08 02:22

    Based on the iconic work of Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South, Trudy Brasure’s A Heart For Milton picks up in the middle of the original work, with Margaret, a 19th century unmarried English woman, ready to leave her home soon after the death of her father. She has finally realized her love for John Thornton, an industrialist and mill owner in their small town of Milton, but fears a relationship between the two will never happen due to her earlier dismissal of him. In the original tale, they are kept apart, yet in this work, a brave move by Thornton ensures their immediate and happy marriage and settling in Milton. Brasure then weaves a tale of challenges, twists, and romantic turns that face Margaret and John in their new life together.When I read Gaskell’s North and South I continually commented to myself about how much I liked the way Gaskell presented both the thoughts of the north and the south of England on the Industrial Revolution and social issues of the time. The romance took a backseat to the more prevalent storylines of striking mills and labor unions. I was happy to see Brasure add these differing opinions into A Heart For Milton. Including these discussions on social issues not only offers the reader insight into what living in 19th century England was like, but it also offers deeper insight into all of the characters in general once one begins to understand the social context of the time.Brasure’s vision of Thornton was a truly spectacular one. In the original North and South we know from his interactions with Mrs. Thornton that he is a caring, hardworking man. From his interactions with Margaret we know him to be a stoic intellectual. Brasure’s vision of him as a completely besotted husband was wonderful new layer. This softer side of Thornton, falling in love with Margaret, as well as the beauty of southern England, made the story warming and romantic. It was wonderful to see the side of him that is wholly mesmerized by his wife. It was also wonderful to see Margaret not only as a doting wife, but a woman that still stuck to her principles. Their developing relationship was a worthwhile journey to follow.The only thing that became a bit repetitive was Thornton and Margaret’s ways of describing each other in their minds. The adjectives became a bit overused by the end of the novel and I found myself getting agitated. Other than this, however, I really enjoyed seeing the fleshed out roles of Mr. Bell and Mrs. Thronton. I was always curious to how Mrs. Thronton would adjust to Margaret being in their lives, considering that she is such a formidable woman. In all, Brasure’s work was a great fit with the original, dovetailing nicely and giving readers of North and South a great fairytale that they can enjoy for years to come.Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)Originally Posted:

  • Becky
    2018-12-19 23:24

    For people who just loved the movie, this one may prove to be a satisfying read...especially if they also enjoy adult romance novels. (The scenes are mild in comparison to some, but this book is definitely not 'clean.') It is an adaptation or variation on Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. This book has them marrying sooner, and it starts off with great promise. It follows their first year of marriage--for better or worse, a first year which also includes a pregnancy. This is a financially difficult year for the couple, and it's a year that readers of the classic novel only catch a glimpse or two of. John Thornton is struggling to keep his mill open, and he's facing financial ruin. In the classic by Gaskell, Margaret saves him in more ways than one. In this adaptation, she's right there by his side through it all believing and encouraging him. In some ways, I enjoyed seeing this adaptation, appreciated the changes to a certain extent. I also enjoyed getting the chance to know Mrs. Thornton (John's mother) much, much better. I really came to love her! I don't read adult romance, for the most part, it's something I choose not to read. And I would have liked a cleaner adaptation of North and South. But I do think the author did some things well.

  • Kristina
    2018-12-15 02:26

    I was wary about starting this book as so many "sequels" to the classics are simply horrid. They usually fall into the trappings of 1) horrid writing 2) too modern writing style 3) way too explicit. I enjoyed this one. The writing was well done, and close enough in style to the original, that it didn't lose me. The ending of the book was altered slightly, but that worked fine. My biggest complaint was that it was either just a bit too long or needed a more in-depth plot besides John and Margaret's engagement and first year of marriage. For a while, it seemed like all that happened was she took lunch to him at the mill and they did a whole hell of a lot of marital "frolicking". But, as I read the epilogue, I definitely had connected with their close relationship. Would definitely recommend this to someone who enjoyed the original book and/or the mini-series. So often they end with them getting together and the audience not knowing what happens next. Mystery solved!

  • Joanne Otto
    2018-12-04 03:25

    I have to admit that reading this book was enjoyable. It is lovely to read about a happy marriage, and Brasure makes clear from the start that the love story is her focus. But during the first half of the book she focuses on it to the point of leaving her readers (this one, at least) sated with the physical aspect of John and Margaret's relationship even though it is described in a tastefully nuanced, though sometimes incredibly idyllic, way. The story becomes more interesting during the second half, which takes place after their honeymoon. And she tells the story in language which is satisfyingly evocative of the 19th century. Those who enjoyed the PBS miniseries "North and South" and want to imagine what John and Margaret's life together might have looked like will probably find this book an enjoyable read as long as they are willing to suspend their disbelief.

  • Kate
    2018-11-24 20:05

    When I first heard of this book I thought is was a "sequel" to Gaskell's North & South. Nope, it isn't. It is a nicely done fan novel about John Thornton and Margaret Hale's relationship.Ms Brasure takes the liberty of changing some of the Gaskell novel to make this her own story about these two beloved characters but she still manages to present John's insecurities and feelings of self worth along with his fears of Margaret loving him as well as Gaskell did.Ms Brasure's depiction of the relationship between these two is enjoyable to read albeit repetitive to some degree(they are young and in love and sexually aroused by each other - a lot!) But she manages to present a loving trusting couple who honor each other with honesty. I enjoyed reading A Heart for Milton and would recommend it as a quick fun read on a rainy weekend.