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Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ASIN# B011SQDMW2.John Thornton is facing the collapse of everything he has worked for all of his life. Through his banker, he hears about a potential business opportunity that could save the mill. He decides to investigate, even if it means traveling from home when he can least afford it.Margaret Hale, now living in London, lLibrarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ASIN# B011SQDMW2.John Thornton is facing the collapse of everything he has worked for all of his life. Through his banker, he hears about a potential business opportunity that could save the mill. He decides to investigate, even if it means traveling from home when he can least afford it.Margaret Hale, now living in London, learns that her godfather Mr Bell is visiting her brother Frederick in Cadiz. Bell is dying, and asking to see her before it is too late. She is determined to sail, regardless of the risk.An accident on the docks leaves Margaret injured, and throws both together on the same ship. Thornton, resolved to protect Margaret's honour despite their painful history, claims to be her brother to keep her safe. Unfortunately, pretending to be Margaret's brother proves more difficult- and more dangerous- than he might have expected....

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No Such Thing As Luck: A North and South Variation Reviews

  • Rita Deodato
    2018-12-15 06:55

    Review initially posted on:https://frompemberleytomilton.wordpre...No Such Thing as Luck was the first book I ever saw of Nicole Clarkston and it was because of it that I discovered she also wrote JAFF. I’ve read and loved her other two JAFF books (Rumours & Recklessness and The Courtship of Edward Gardiner) but this one will always have a special place in my heart because it is one of the best North and South fan fiction books I’ve ever read.This variation takes place after Mr. Hales’s death and Margaret’s departure from Milton. Some months after these events Margaret receives a letter from Frederick telling her that Mr. Bell, who was visiting him in Cadiz, is terminally ill and would like to see her one last time. She decides to embark on a ship as soon as possible and as she is about to embark the Esperanza, she bumps into Mr. Thornton, who is also embarking on the ship to meet a business associate who may help him save the mill after the disastrous strike.It is due to these circumstances that we will see the action of the book occurring on board of a ship, and as you may imagine, it is not difficult for people to bump into each other frequently when confined in a small space, so the duration of this trip provided us with plenty of scenes between Margaret and John 🙂In fact, I believe it serves as a closure to the original story. Mrs. Gaskell’s rushed ending was a bit bittersweet for me as I would have liked to read a more slow-paced ending with our characters exploring and demonstrating more their love for each other. This book, being also a slow-paced story, despite the adventures in the end, gave me the satisfaction of seeing these characters profess their love for one another by words and behaviours during an enjoyable amount of time.I believe nothing could be more perfect for these characters than the scenes Nicole Clarkston created on the ship. These were the most intense and romantic scenes I’ve seen of John and Margaret so far, and I wasn’t even done with this book and already wished the author would never stop writing tales of John and Margaret.Nothing compares to the eager anticipation that Nicole Clarkston creates in the first chapters, followed by the overpowering joy of seeing John learning the truth at last.Ever since his conversation with Higgins I could only hope to see him in Spain. I could only imagine what his reaction at seeing Frederick would be, and Nicole Clarkston gave me that satisfaction with this unique variation of North and South.This John Thornton is one of the best, if not the best, John Thornton I have ever seen on a North and South fan fiction book. Nicole Clarkston made me fall in love with him all over again, he is gallant, protective, tender and strong. He is a combination of everything perfect and imperfect I would love to see associated to this character.Margaret is true to herself, but in this book she already knows that turning down such a man was a big mistake considering she is aware her heart has been touched by him. As I love to read books when Margaret is already in love with John, this book was a delight to read.Mrs. Thornton is also seen through a different perspective and even if she remains the same in essentials, we see a new side of her that allows us to get to know and understand the character better. Also, her reaction at seeing Margaret introduce herself when entering the court is priceless!!! (when you read it, you’ll understand, but I imagine many people would love to read this book just to have the pleasure of witnessing this moment).No Such Thing as Luck is a riveting book full of romance between John and Margaret and I highly recommend it to anyone in need of a good romance. The first chapters captivate the readers hearts and souls and it will be hard stop reading after that.

  • Mary
    2018-11-27 02:54

    Dear reader,If you are a fan of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South,if you are in the mood for a sweet, romantic, utterly compelling and simply adorable story,then this is the book for you! I was enchanted by this tale and could not put it down. I read it with a big smile on my face and felt so happy to be enveloped in such a warm and beautifully written story. I forgot about the outside world,so lost was I to the actions,thoughts and desires of John and Margaret. I loved so many facets of this story-the way ODC became reacquainted,how they realised their mutual love for the other,the long,meaningful stares,the friendly,easy and charming camaraderie they shared,not to mind how quintessentially happy they both were just to be together. This story contains a little angst,but thankfully it was of very short duration and was happily resolved to everyone's mutual satisfaction.It is well paced and the twist, towards the end,was something that I didn't foretell. I highly recommend it to all seeking a feel good,romantic tale, centred around a tall, dark,handsome,lonely and vulnerable cotton mill owner and one very beautiful,vivacious, independent and lonely lady.The love story that unfolds when said individuals lower their respective barriers and see the other with fresh eyes begs to be read,savoured and enjoyed! I trust you will do all three! This was Ms Clarkston's first novel.....wow!! What a fantastic debut!

  • J. W. Garrett
    2018-11-17 05:55

    “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” Lucille BallUntil last December, I had never read North & South, Elizabeth Gaskell’s story of the struggles between the industrialized north and the urban south of England. Nicole Clarkston has taken Gaskell’s unique premise and continued the love story between John Thornton and Margaret Hale. He, the northern master of a struggling mill and she the southern daughter of a dissatisfied vicar in the Church of England. It would be best to have some knowledge of the N&S story before attempting this variation, whether through reading Gaskell’s book or from watching the DVD. My first exposure to N&S was through my Goodreads friends and reading a short excerpt on a fan-fiction website. It was a scene depicting the first meeting between Miss Hale and Mr. Thornton. I was so moved by the excerpt that I decided that I really needed to read N&S after all. Although this was a variation; I think it could be a stand-a-lone. Clarkston did a most excellent job of seamlessly dovetailing the two stories together. It was as though I had never left Gaskell’s story-line. Clarkston is my first foray into the N&S fan-fiction genre. I’m not going to detail the plot; other reviews have already done that. I was amazed at Clarkston’s writing, how she gently reminded the reader by bringing important elements from canon back to mind. It was delightful to be reintroduced to characters I had forgotten about. Clarkston wove a new tapestry with our beloved characters and created a delightful story of love, redemption, forgiveness, understanding and clarity of mind where, in canon, things were clouded and threads left dangling. Linchpin Character: In many stories, there is one character that is considered a linchpin character. The story actually revolves around them. If they change, the entire story changes. If they move to the left, the story shifts as well. If they move to the right, the… well, you get what I mean. Margaret Hale was a linchpin character in this variation. Every move she made throughout the story… had a profound effect on the story and those she encountered. She moved the narrative. She affected characters to become the best they could be as she charmed, calmed, encouraged, empowered, and enhanced their characteristics. With her, people wanted to be their best. Unless, of course, they were a slug-eating, bottom-feeding, rat… well, you get my drift. I loved the evolution of the characters that were so ‘hard and unyielding’ in canon. Clarkston gave them an opportunity to change and to become what they were always meant to be. The biggest change was the elder Mrs. Thornton [although she probably wasn’t that old]. I loved watching the layer of frost, that had built up around her over years of hardship and disappointment, begin to thaw and crack. Under Clarkston’s microscope, we watched as Mrs. Thornton experienced a new paradigm. We felt her astonishment as emotions and feelings begin to surface and emerge. Emotions, that she was not necessarily unfamiliar with, but had not experienced in many years. Delightful! I really liked her. “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Frederick DouglassThere was a big proponent for social change happening within the social structure of industrialized England. We were given many examples of the downtrodden and shown how their lives could/would change when simply given the opportunity. In N&S, we watched Higgins change throughout that story. In Clarkston’s variation, we watched him come into his own… powerful. His act of kindness to the children of his enemy was paid forward with little Johnny. Oh, I so love that little guy. “The role model approach to social change is no substitute for challenging unjust employment practices, educational policies and housing”. Patricia Hill CollinsThrough the kindness and encouragement of ‘Miss Marget,’ children were given opportunities to have an education and to better themselves. She also encouraged social changes at the mill that had a profound effect on the workers, the supervisors, the master and the community. I liked their innovations and plans for the future. Thornton was well known as a fair master and many wanted to work for him. That was not always popular with the other mills in the area.“The question is always ‘What is the role of a labor movement?’ How much is about collective bargaining, how much is about social change for all workers?” Andy SternThe consequence from the mill strike, that occurred in N&S, was still being felt in this variation. Therefore, the above quote really applied to both N&S and Clarkston’s work, because the strike laid the foundation on which Clarkston could build her story. The changes put forth in the first book, helped establish the second. I loved this story. It was delightful. There were times I wanted to shudder, bite my nails, cringe, cry, cheer, and laugh out loud. I didn’t want to put it down, but had to… so I could eat and get some sleep. Rating: PG-13, steamy, not graphic; however, the mirror/windows steamed up pretty good.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2018-12-15 01:52

    I read this author’s other book, Rumours & Recklessness, in December of 2015 and found it enjoyable. I had noted at the time to myself that she had written a variation to North & South. As that book is one of my favorites I intended to read her variation (this book) at some time in the future. The blog, More Agreeably Engaged, then listed this book as the favorite variation of North and South and I decided that I would take the plunge and read it. You must see that it kept me enthralled as I finished it in one day and it is a novel of 432 pages.This novel is a part variation, part sequel in my opinion as it begins just before the ending Elizabeth Gaskell wrote for her classic novel. Margaret is in London with her aunt and cousin after the death of her father. John is in Milton after the strike is over but also after his sister’s wedding and John’s failure to profit by investing in his new brother’s-in-law then successful venture. He has little money and no ready source of cotton for his looms. World economics have played havoc with the economies and in world trade with more then one country. John hears of a source in Cadiz, Spain but cannot linger at home…he must travel, investigate the reliability of the product and negotiate a contract. He puts Higgins in a supervisory position while he travels. This leads to some interesting events for his mother. (I loved this new aspect of Mrs. Thornton: she proves to have a heart and a warm spot for a young boy.)So John is off to catch a ship, the Esperanza.Meanwhile, Margaret receives word via the network they have set up to protect her brother who continues to have the charge of mutiny hanging over his head, that their godfather, Mr. Bell, has arrived for a visit but is on his deathbed and asking for her to come. Frederick knows it is nigh impossible as she must arrange for an escort, etc. But Margaret was not at her father’s bedside when he died; this godfather was, so she is going to return the favor. She secretly has two of the servants seek information about ships, help her pack, etc. and then sneaks out of the house early in the morning to be on the Esperanza.But don’t you know it (read the book description or the sample)…She is knocked over in the crowd and dislocates her shoulder AND is rescued by John Thornton. What to do? She had planned to approach the captain to ask that he provide her protection on the voyage, but John knows nothing of this. She is in pain, the doctor has given her laudanum and he has turned to John thinking that they are married and given him instructions on how to care for her the next several weeks. John’s quick thinking (???) has him claiming to be Margaret’s brother. Thus he can book her the last first class cabin while he takes a berth in steerage but also watch over her. Oh, this is one of those…"What a web we weave when first we practice to deceive” situations.Soon not only Captain Carter’s daughter but also a fellow passenger, a French businessman, are saying to themselves that there is no way he is her brother. “Miss Thornton” can’t be left alone as her injuries cripple her in her everyday activities so her “brother” and Miss Carter step up but…oh, my, is it bordering on “compromise” for a “brother” to be in her cabin??? And can he even trust himself when the one who has tempted him from across a room now needs him to help her sit up, to help her adjust her sling, to give her a drink of water, etc.?I pride myself on seeing possible outcomes early in many stories and in this one I saw immediately where this was leading. But it was fun to watch the entanglements play out. Frederick is expecting Mr. Thornton who is expecting to meet a Mr. Marshall. Frederick is not expecting his sister. And then Mr. Bell has some surprises up his sleeve. Drama and not of the romantic type comes into play in the last 20% of the story. Then there is a rush to sort out…well, you will have to read this to see just what mess this couple has gotten themselves into.This was a very interesting story. It was part mystery and intrigue, part misunderstandings and then there was the reading of John’s thoughts about his Margaret.The author crammed a lot of happenings into a short span of time but she does give us an epilogue.

  • Janet
    2018-12-15 08:53

    The book starts some months after Mr. Hale has died and Margaret is living in London with Edith, her family and Mrs. Shaw. Mr. Bell is visiting Frederick in Spain and is still quite crafty and shrewd in his endeavors to ‘help’ certain situations. Marlborough Mills is in trouble but John has a new idea for saving it. Higgins is working for John and they have already established an easy rapport. (I adore Nicholas Higgins!) The tale that follows from this point is awesome and not to be missed!Nicole Clarkston’s John Thornton is romantic, strong and wonderful, as well as the brilliant mill owner admired by all. I fell in love with him again. He feels the loss of the only woman he ever loved and believes there is no chance of having her for his own. Margaret has already realized the type of man that she refused and is feeling the emptiness left by that refusal. Fate intervenes and a chance encounter may change everything for the deserving couple! The story that follows is riveting and tender.I enjoyed getting to know the real Hannah Thornton and seeing her soft side surface. I appreciated that the author chose to make her human, with a heart that could be touched while also delving under the layers of her nature and exposing the personality long hidden and why it had been so. Little Johnny Boucher is adorable and lends a nice touch to the plot. Henry Lennox is portrayed with feeling and honor, much as in the original. Of course, no North and South variation would be complete without Dixon! This is no exception.Ms. Clarkston kept the characters true to Elizabeth Gaskell’s and added a few new ones that enhanced an already fantastic plot. A portion of this story is set in Cadiz, Spain, where we have the pleasure of getting to know Frederick Hale and his bride, Dolores. Mr. Bell is there and is up to his shenanigans even though his health is failing fast. I liked Frederick Hale’s father-in-law and the minor part he played. A ship captain along with his wife and daughter were some of the new characters that added a pleasing touch to the drama that unfolded aboard ship and after. I loved this book. It filled in the gaps left by the original having to be rushed to a finish.There are several twists and some unexpected happenings that make for a thrilling read with depth and romance. The novel was well-written and the conclusion was gratifying, even if I did not want it to end. No Such Thing as Luck is a story that I will be reading again. There is absolutely nothing that I disliked about this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves North & South. Very well done, Nicole Clarkston. I hope you will be writing more about John Thornton and Margaret Hale.Posted at More Agreeably Engaged

  • Deborah
    2018-12-02 03:44

    I listened to the audio book and this story is a must read or listen to. John Thornton, who is travelling to Spain to save his mill, runs into Miss Hale who is also travelling to the same location. She is injured and travelling alone, so Mr. Thornton travels as her brother. We get to know John's mother , Hannah more thoroughly as well as Frederick (Margaret's brother) and his wife. I fell in love with the honorable, honest, strong John Thornton more than ever during this story. It was so well put together. I recommend this to anyone who loves Darcy, yes Darcy, as he is a Darcy in a later age. The narrator Ana Clements did a phenomenal job bringing the characters to life and brought out the nuances of the story with such skill. I highly recommend the audiobook and highly recommend this story to lovers of JAFF and Darcy.

  • Joana Starnes
    2018-12-03 02:36

    I loved every word of this riveting tale that brings Margaret and Mr Thornton together in very unexpected circumstances. A trip across the seas leads to a lot more than Margaret bargained for, and she finds herself travelling with an intriguing companion who comes to her rescue often, and in many different ways. The crossing will make you smile (and sometimes swoon) and you’ll wish Cadiz was somewhere in the New World, so that our beloved characters might have sufficient time to realise how essential they are to each other’s happiness. Unexpected troubles lead to untold joy, and many different bonds are formed on the other side of the Channel. Trouble awaits too, and the bonds are yet to be tested, but foes are vanquished (as they surely must be) and friendly faces hurry to the rescue to preserve John and Margaret’s happiness, and rejoice in it alongside them. It’s wonderful to see this lovely book released with a new cover, Janet Taylor’s art complements Nicole Clarkson’s beautiful story to perfection. I hope you’ll snuggle up with it and enjoy!

  • Debbie Brown
    2018-12-06 02:30

    I tried hard because so many of my GoodReads friends love it, but I must admit I didn't really care for North and South when I finally read it last year. I liked the characters and appreciated the social commentary, but I found it lacking in romance, and the historical detail really bored me. I honestly struggled to finish it. Afterwards, I watched the BBC production and found I preferred that presentation of the story.Considering my lack of enthusiasm for the book, I've never pursued any fan fiction based on it until now. But Nicole Clarkston is one of my favorite authors of Jane Austen-based variations and I thought maybe she’d come up with an approach I’d enjoy. Thankfully, I was right. I found this far more readable than Ms. Gaskell's much-lauded original.At this story's start, you must assume all the events of canon have occurred, though there are some key changes toward the end which include leaving Margaret Hale and John Thornton separated. That makes No Such Thing As Luck a sequel as much as it is a variation.Mr. Thornton begins the book in Milton dealing with potential financial collapse as well as his heartbreak over losing Margaret. She is back living with her well-meaning London relations and nurses her own heartbreak over Mr. Thornton. Her unhappiness is exacerbated by her discontent with superficial London society after all she's experienced in Milton.Pursuit of a potential business partner to save his company leads Thornton to book passage on a ship heading for Spain. As luck would have it, an unchaperoned Margaret Hale is boarding the same ship after being notified that Mr. Bell, who is with her brother, is seriously ill and asking for her. An accident on the dock while boarding brings Margaret and Thornton together. In order to protect her reputation and be able to watch over her during the journey as she recovers from her injury, Thornton says she is his sister.There are various new characters introduced on board the ship. Captain Carter, and especially his wife and his daughter Melanie become friends with Margaret, who is increasingly uncomfortable with the falsehood that she and Thornton are siblings. One of the passengers, Monsieur Philippe Girard, is representative for a linen mill in France, and he has conversations with Thornton and Margaret that shows the lack of compassion for factory workers by many of those who employed them. These conversations also serve to solidify the relationship between Margaret and Thornton. She surprises him with the views she expresses and visa versa. It's obvious that the two have altered their stances somewhat on subjects that they disagreed so vehemently about in Milton.When the travelers arrive in Spain, we see cultural differences in the way Frederick's wife and her family interact compared to the far more restrained British. Exposure to their warm interactions has a freeing effect on John and Margaret. The setting occasionally returns to London, where Henry Lennox and Margaret's relations fret over her unexpected departure. Edith particularly misses Margaret's ability to manage her young son and struggles to control him without her. Lennox is desperate to do something to locate Margaret and determine that she's safe. Other scenes go to Milton, where Mrs. Thornton, in typical stoic fashion, worries about her son and the future of the business he has worked so hard to establish. She develops an unexpected affinity for young Johnny Boucher, who has qualities that remind her of her own son as a child. This small chink in her previously heavy armor leads to additional chips, and her reputation gradually softens among the factory workers. This is especially true of Mr. Higgins, who has been thriving at Mr. Thornton’s mill and given additional responsibilities.The love between Margaret and John, the shipboard secrets and consequences, the pursuit of Frederick Hale by the British Navy for mutiny, Henry Lennox’s legal attempts on his behalf and his search for Margaret, Mrs. Thornton’s improved relations with Mr. Higgins, the influence of the emotionally demonstrative Spaniards on Margaret-- all of these plot points converge masterfully at the book’s climax. The writing is engaging, sweeping the reader into the emotion of each page.I may start reading other North and South variations, but I don’t expect to find many that will surpass this wonderful novel. Thank you, Ms. Clarkston!

  • Sheryl Gordon
    2018-11-19 07:49

    Excellent Story-Horrible coverI adored this book. After reading so many books, canon novels and fanfiction, it was wonderful to read a romance where the couple talks through their misunderstandings and reaches their "understanding" without false angst. And, this is a great story as well. The pace was constant which built to riveting. Strong Five Stars. But Ms. Clarkson, the cover? And I think I would have called it 'John Thornton: Not a Gentleman' though truly, he is everything a gentleman should be.

  • Brenda
    2018-12-08 01:52

    I very much enjoyed this North & South variation. I only wish that N&S variations were as prolifically written as Pride and Prejudice ones! Gems like this book are few and far between unfortunately. Thank you Nicole Clarkston :)

  • Susan
    2018-12-05 08:55

    Margaret Hale and John Thornton due to various circumstances arrive at the London docks ready to depart for Spain. Due to an accident on the docks Margaret is injured and Thornton decides to offer her his protection as her 'brother'. Leading to various problems on the ship and later when they arrive in Spain.I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, and expect to read the book in the future.

  • April
    2018-12-03 08:32

    No Such Thing as Luck: A North and South Variation: Nicole ClarkstonI need to say from the begining, I have not read the original book by Elizabeth Gaskell. As others have stated this is a fan fiction. I must say that it took a bit to get into this book, but once it took off it was quite enjoyable. The listener gets to experience suspense, drama, romance, travel, and much more in this historical fiction. The characters were easy to like or dislike as in the case of a few. I need to go back and read the original work. The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Ana Clements voice and accents were enjoyable.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Katherine
    2018-11-28 04:33

    An alternative tale to North & South - Margaret is summoned to Madera by her brother to see Mr Bell on her deathbed. Determined to go without a chaperon she literally runs into Mr Thorton who is boarding the same ship to meet a potential partner who owns a cotton farm and can save the mill from bankruptcy. Her run her happens at the expense of a dislocated shoulder and as John Thorton cares for her injuries, he vows to protect her onboard the ship. He becomes her "brother" to secure her reputation but loves her still. When Margaret decides to tell him the truth about her brother, John feels he finally has a chance with Margaret. A beautiful story about a couple who will find love and the struggles they face in Madera and back in England to be together.My only reason for not giving this a full 5 star rating was because I had to skip over the details of their intimacy - the wantonness ruined the goodness.

  • Tina
    2018-12-02 08:43

    This book starts off with John Thornton barely holding on to his mill. He has enough money and product to last through the next several months and then he will have to close his doors. He hears of a business opportunity in Spain and decides to check it out. Margaret at the same time hears about Mr Bell dying in Spain and rushes to his side without a chaperone to see her through the journey. Thornton and Margaret meet by luck at the dock and when she becomes injured they decide to journey together as brother and sister. However they are fiercely attracted to each other and do a poor job hiding it. Do they end up together or do outside forces keep them apart?I couldn't put this book down and it is one of the better North and South variations out there. I say if you're a fan of North and South give this a read.Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

  • Meg
    2018-11-23 05:48

    2.5--Decent N/S alternate-(to the UK TV show)-ending story. Quite a bit of implausibility, a good dollop of cheesy PDA and not-so-PDA, but the characters read fairly true. (Okay, I ended up listening to the end of the book at 1.4x speed because I wanted it over, but not enough to just quit, so I'm giving it a 2.5 because a true 3 (like it) would not have had that (is this almost over) feeling. Still, I was in the mood for N/S fanfic and this satisfied.

  • Cjboyle
    2018-11-20 03:39

    Thoroughly enjoyed this North and South variation!!! Well written and believable - this book is definitely on my re-read list!!! And it is definitely one that I would get a hard copy of (I only buy hard copies now if I really enjoy the book). Hope to see more of this author!

  • Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
    2018-11-23 09:52

    This was definitely okay! I say just okay because I feel like something was lost on me since I haven't actually read North & South and I think I saw somewhere that this was fan fiction? I was gifted this audiobook by the narrator, Ana Clements, so I'll start with my thoughts on the narration. I really enjoyed Ana's way with narrating! She's British and sometimes I have issues with stories told completely with an accent, especially some of the different British dialects, but Ana's voice was easily understood and I felt like she did a really good job of relaying the story - she definitely made a story that I probably wouldn't have picked up otherwise more enjoyable. As for the story, it was a historical and definitely a romance, but not so much the kind of historical romance I usually read. I think my issue with this story was that it hovered around being one of those historical romances with hot and heavy romance, but it was also still something similar to the more classic authors. So the heroine really wasn't my favourite, not as headstrong as I prefer, and the super sexy times sometimes didn't fit with the vibe I was getting from the story. And while I did enjoy listening, I felt like the whole story was almost too agreeable with not a lot of tension or drama. I know I love happy endings in my book, but I almost felt like the happy ending happened in the beginning and then the book plodded on from there. At any rate, I thank Ana for gifting me a copy of this audiobook! If you love the classics and are a fan of North & South, I would assume you'd enjoy this book.

  • Appalaa
    2018-11-19 04:34

    With a voyage, an accident, an exotic location, a villain, a fist-fight, a wedding, a death, a fugitive, the threat of execution, and plenty of steamy make-out sessions, NSTAL makes a fine plot for a blockbuster film. I loved that Margaret and John rediscover each other in locations foreign to them. It's adventurous with a dash of danger. The flamboyant villain Jiro’s machinations only prove John to be the the brave and selfless knight in shining armour we know he can be, and who doesn’t swoon at that? We’re also introduced to some new characters on the voyage, and we meet Frederick and his family in Spain. Plus, there's plenty of John and Margaret make out sessions.There can be too much of a good thing though. For me there was a bit too much kissing too early in the story. Part of the fun is the angst, so I would have preferred a slower burn. There’s also a bit too much plot. A lot of action can actually be a great thing for most readers, but I’m old-school so I prefer to explore a character's inner world a bit more.Definitely buy if you'd like to read some sophisticated exploration of John and Margaret's sexy time. :)

  • Silvana Feijóo
    2018-12-17 06:53

    Never tired of having news about Margaret and John. I loved them since the first time I met them, and I am still looking for more stories about them. This is a new whirl. When they had already lost their hopes of being happy together, a ship with a name full of promises, "Esperanza", gives them a new chance of a "happily ever after", through everything.

  • Rhee
    2018-12-08 09:34

    CuteI'm not sure how close the characters are to the original writing, but the story here is a wonderful read. It's a sweet tale to take the original characters and I am waiting for the next book, due out in 2017.

  • Shala K.
    2018-12-05 05:33

    Great low-stress read in a high-stress time (moving cross-country very quickly).

  • Christina (SteepedinBooks)
    2018-11-21 05:50

    2.5 stars. I was in the mood for some John/Margaret fic and this fit the bill, though it dragged in places and was a little much sometimes. I did skim some because it feels longer than it needed to be. Still, a sweet enough fix for what ails ya.

  • Toni NB
    2018-11-20 01:54

    Holy cow, what a fantastic piece of fanfiction. Easily in my top 5, maybe top 3! Really interesting storyline and character development. Enjoyed meeting new characters that helped develop and move the story along. Didn't want it to end.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-07 06:38

    Status: Read from August 19 to 21, 2015Rating: Review: My Library Notes:No Such Thing As Luck: A North & South Variationby Nicole Clarkston Paperback, Second Edition, 326 pagesPublished February 2017 by White Soup Press (first published August 25th 2015)ISBN: 1517057736 (ISBN13: 978-1517057732)Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ISBN: 1517057736 (ISBN13: 978-1517057732).A Chance encounter changes everything.John Thornton is facing the collapse of everything he has worked for all of his life. Through his banker, he hears about a potential business opportunity that could save the mill. He decides to investigate, even if it means traveling from home when he can least afford it.Margaret Hale, now living in London, learns that her godfather Mr Bell is visiting her brother Frederick in Cadiz. Bell is dying, and asking to see her before it is too late. She is determined to sail, regardless of the risk.An accident on the docks leaves Margaret injured, and throws both together on the same ship. Thornton, resolved to protect Margaret's honour despite their painful history, claims to be her brother to keep her safe. Unfortunately, pretending to be Margaret's brother proves more difficult- and more dangerous- than he might have expected.No Such Thing As Luck: A North and South Variationby Nicole ClarkstonKindle Edition, 371 pagesPublished August 2015 (first published July 21st 2015)ASIN: B011SQDMW2Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ASIN: B011SQDMW2.John Thornton is facing the collapse of everything he has worked for all of his life. Through his banker, he hears about a potential business opportunity that could save the mill. He decides to investigate, even if it means traveling from home when he can least afford it.Margaret Hale, now living in London, learns that her godfather Mr Bell is visiting her brother Frederick in Cadiz. Bell is dying, and asking to see her before it is too late. She is determined to sail, regardless of the risk.An accident on the docks leaves Margaret injured, and throws both together on the same ship. Thornton, resolved to protect Margaret's honour despite their painful history, claims to be her brother to keep her safe. Unfortunately, pretending to be Margaret's brother proves more difficult- and more dangerous- than he might have expected.

  • Lynn
    2018-11-17 06:37

    This is a wonderful variation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. I throughly enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend it.

  • Susanne
    2018-12-13 06:53

    A wonderful variation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, No Such Thing as Luck follows Margaret Hale after she has left Milton for London and receives an urgent note from her brother, Frederick, who lives in exile in Spain. Their dear friend, Mr. Bell, collapsed at Frederick's home while visiting him, and Frederick encourages Margaret to come to Spain to say her goodbyes to her beloved godfather. At the same time, facing ruin after the strike at the mill, John Thornton hears of a possible partner for him who can obtain a fresh source of cotton that will make the mill profitable for the future, and he decides to sail to Spain to meet with this possible partner. At the docks, Margaret, who left a note for her cousin and her family detailing her trip to Spain, plans to put herself under the protection of the captain as women do not usually travel alone on ships. But on the docks, Margaret is rammed and is injured, falling back on the man behind her who happens to be . . . John Thornton, the man she regrets refusing in Milton. And the story proceeds from there . . . . This is a stellar first novel by the uber-talented Nicole Clarkston, and her second variation of North and South is just as good. Fans of the book and/or the miniseries will definitely enjoy No Such Thing as Luck.

  • Staciel
    2018-12-10 07:26

    My second Nicole Clarkston book..If you are a North & South lover (and I am), this one should be on your 'to-be-read' list.I have both read the book and seen both versions of the movie, and I have to say, if you had wanted to spend more time in Cadiz, Spain as a result, then this is the book for you.

  • DebMc
    2018-12-15 07:42

    WonderfulIt was wonderful reading. Margaret and John are two of my favorite literary characters. I was so happy to read that their continued story was as glorious as I could have hoped. Their entwined lives were brilliantly portrayed in this sequel. Highest recommendations.

  • Shawn
    2018-11-27 09:43

    This book seemed to go on forever...I give up.

  • Catherine
    2018-12-17 04:50

    The main story with both of them is gold. The story line with the other character... not so much...