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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453685030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453685037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was engaging and well written.
Amazon Customer
Many of the authors of these continuation stories feel it's necessary to have pretty explicit sex scenes.
KBsMomma
Sorry for the less then stellar review, but I had to be honest.
Xenia

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KBsMomma on July 3, 2012
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This book started out well, giving a reader who is unfamiliar with Gaskell's North and South, a good idea of what had already transpired. Unlike the other reviewer, I didn't mind that Margaret married another, it added to Thornton's despair. However, you just know she has to be widowed for their story to continue. The other option would be divorce which at that time would be unheard of/disgraceful if not for society, than certainly for the righteous Margaret and proud John to experience

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. :-/
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Xenia on May 16, 2012
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Sorry, but I did not like this sequel to North & South although I had high hopes and it started out okay.

***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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 21, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. It is very well written. The characterization of John and Margaret was very believable. They are portrayed as two very passionate people that have faced and overcome very difficult circumstances and found their way to love. I'm glad that there is fan fiction being written for North and South as it is such a tremendous story. The 2004 BBC television series was excellent and I view this book as a natural spinoff from that show. I am looking forward to seeing more books, i.e., sequels, variations, what ifs, about this and other fine pieces of literature.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Judie on July 4, 2012
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In this sequel, John and Margaret are completely different people. They say and do things the characters in the original North and South would never say or do. **SPOILER ALERT** Does the author really think the John Thornton of the original would take Margaret's hand and put it on the bulge in his lap to prove she was desirable? I kept reading hoping this was just one mistaken scene. I gave up after the strip tease. And that was after the skipping over a lot of the long speeches, not just between Margaret and John but Higgins also. The grammar errors in the text (such as quote marks in the wrong place) were annoying but could have been overlooked if the content was better written. I'm sorry for the bad review, but this was extremely disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie B. Carr on September 27, 2012
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And you can already see the but coming, can't you? An odd take on the love story between "North and South"s John Thornton and Margaret Hale. Some of it passes muster, but the sexual content is way over the top for the time period it portrays and the timeline given for their romance fluctuates way too much. Still, so far this is the best of Loyal Wynyard's novels I've read (haven't gotten to all of them yet). Maybe I'm more of a "North and South" purist than I suspected, but this book didn't do it for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rita on March 29, 2013
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I loved the title of this book, and could not resist to read it asap!
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Raspberry on May 2, 2013
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I have read several "sequels" to "North & South", two by this author, Loyal Wynyard. There are so many typos and grammatical errors that it is hard to focus on the story but that's OK because the story is ridiculous, especially the dialogue. This is like watching a train wreck, you want to look away because it's so horrible but you can't. Don't waste your time with anything by this author!
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By Jo on December 1, 2014
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CONTAINS SPOILERS
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.
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