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John Thornton, Look Back at Me Paperback – July 23, 2010
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CAUTION!!! Parents with young ladies who enjoy books such as Austen's and Gaskell's be advised! Many of the authors of these continuation stories feel it's necessary to have pretty explicit sex scenes. This makes me sad because when I was younger and became a fan of this time period, I would have loved to be able to get more of my favorite books! Please check these books out before you let your kiddos read them!
I am an avid reader and a huge fan of the victorian period. When Wynyard decided to have these beloved characters throw propriety completely out the window was when I realized just what an amateur author she is. It's too bad, really. The story could have been great if it were not for the many discrepencies. :-/
***Spolier Alert*** It was ruined for me when Margaret married someone else first. That is a big no no when writing romance. The Hero and Heroine do not become intimate with others once they meet. That is a romance novel formula. Maybe some people do not consider N&S primarily a romance story but I do.
Someone else already mentioned the bad formatting, which I also had in the version that I received. Lots of run on sentences with no spaces at all between words.
Sorry for the less then stellar review, but I had to be honest.
Unfortunately the title is indeed the best of the book.
It is an what if story of North and South, that I really love, but even though the first pages are amazing, the plot is horrible.
In this story Margaret actually marries with someone else, and only after becoming a widower she is able to be with Mr. Thornton.
The love story in this book is actually good, we can feel the intensity of their feelings, specially Mr. Thornton. I do believe his character was very good in this book, but still, the story spoiled everything, especially after the author felt the need to add sex scenes in a completely inappropriate way for the time.
The book is small and it's easy to read, but I do not advise it to those who truly loved John Thornton and Margaret Hale's love story.
Firstly, I applaud anyone with the gumption to self publish, however the glaring anachronisms ( in 1850's England no one was wished Happy Holidays and John Thornton never "dated" anyone), under development of some good plot points, an over reliance on language and long sections of dialogue
that just wouldn't have occurred in the time (the character that is the essentially Mr Bell, seemed to be a very useful combination of Karl Marx and Freud). I was hopeful that the plot twists and differences, that had great potential would re imagine a story I love in a new way would match the obvious connection the author feels to North and South, it doesn't. I guess it's hard to review fan fiction by comparing it to the original, as the point of it is to re shape and re imagine, however in this case it does not work, bizarrely if the analysis Margaret is given by this story and John and Margaret need an honest conversation about pregnancy risks (of she which was extraordinarily aware of in comparison to everything else in her life) this plot would sit much better in a modern setting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The language ("OK", "guy", so many others) show a complete lack of any kind of research, and no respect for the original author.
The kidnapper/stalker was awkwardly dropped. Read more
one of the most remembering scene in the TV mini-series must be the saddening parting at the mill's yard. Book is good to read, enjoyable too.Published 21 months ago by windwin
I like this continuing story from North and South. It 's worth the price to buy this book to read anytime.Published 23 months ago by Kathleen Bialecki
This was an awesome story. I couldn't put it down. It was engaging and I loved it. Even though it was a different love story of the classic characters of Margaret and John. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Certainly not written in same vein as original story. I know "sex sells" so that is what this was about.Published on December 12, 2013 by joan h
Now before I had bought the book I took the time and read some of the reviews of it. That being said, I was determined to give it a chance. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Maraphina
I thought this story was a really good idea. The writing was adept and the sensual scenes were amazing. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Deborah Davis
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent !! Could feel his torment & agony& the extreme suffering of his
passionate love for Margaret , I would love to find a " John... Read more