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John Thornton Meets Miss Hale, Mill Owner Paperback – July 30, 2011
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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.
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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loved it, I love it when they make Margaret hale a strong independent woman. not some sappy cry baby. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Hannah Cachola
I love this story and look to keep on hearing the saga of John and Margaret - they keep on building their storyPublished on December 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer