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Product Details

  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463781326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463781323
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,921,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly L. Van Over on October 30, 2013
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I very much enjoyed both the book and mini-series of "North and South". So, I have scoured the internet looking for more. I found several by Loyal Wynyard, but hesitated due to mixed reviews. Finally, I decided to go for it.

**SPOILERS**

First let me say that this was an interesting premise, and it could have been really good.

But it wasn't. The only thing that this story has in common with the original "North and South" is the location in Milton, and some of the names of the characters. It was filled with anachronistic language and ideas. Also, the behavior of and conversations between the characters were completely unbelievable. And the characters of John Thornton, Margaret Hale and Nicholas Higgins were so far out of character that they were unrecognizable. Not to mention that the whole thing read like a Soap Opera: supposedly illegitimate baby (JT), fainting from pneumonia (MH) with doctor allowing John to tend to her, coma (JT) with Margaret staying by his bedside in the hospital. And the scene in said hospital where it's supposed to look like Margaret was giving the comatose John oral sex.... what?! And the Master's meeting at the end made me cringe. The idea of John Thornton and Margaret Hale discussing their love life in front of the other Masters...just...no.

Don't waste your money. I gave it one star for the premise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T Walters on September 5, 2013
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First, the review of the book as just a stand alone novel with no North and South expectations. It was an interesting addition to the John/Margaret story. It bears very little resemblance to N/S. There are mills, it is in Milton, they have the hots for each other. Other than that, it goes off in a completely different direction. I did enjoy the book as a stand alone story. It got slightly repetitive at the end, but I can live with that.

Now...review number two. I have some issues with the lack of maintaining any kind of relationship to actual Victorian actions and morals. The end of the book goes off the deep end in some respects. Even today, I do not think major business owners in society would even attempt to act the way Margaret and company do at the final dinner. Heck, it was embarrassing just to read it and I am no prude! Victorians would have curled up and died and Margaret would have been shunned for the rest of her life. If you are going to write a Victorian era piece, please observe the time period realities.

Review number three. This one is strictly for the grammar nitpickers. I would really like the editor/author to read through this book and correct some of the errors. There are places where you can tell an actual word it missing! You can figure out what it probably was, but should you have to? It has been awhile since I read it, but I remember thinking at the time that it could use a good going over.

Regardless of the slips in Reviews 2 and 3, I did enjoy this book. If you like North and South, do not mind some pretty graphic sex, and can overlook some wild interpretations of Victorian behavior, I think you would like this version.
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By Jeanette Armstrong on January 18, 2014
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I like the idea of seeing Margaret as a Mil owner. Especially during a time in history where women just didn't do that kind of thing. She is strong, yet she never abandons her female side of her. The story actually plays into the strong Margaret we love from the original "North and South" character. Seems to me she was the perfect person to be in the roll of a Mill owner from her home town. It was fun to see how Mr Thornton is attracted to her in the same way he was attracted to her in the original story. She's just in a different role. My only complaint is that they spent way too much time throughout the book in the hospital-- either from her illness (exhaustion from moving her Mill to Milton) or his injuries from an accident. I would have liked to see them interact more from the business side of their both being Mill owners. But, other than that, it was a really good read and I will be reading it again.
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