Margaret With The Red Book is a layered study of lower class women's subservient role in men's lives in a budding industrial city. Through the main theme of Margaret and John, the tragic lives of six women and a carriage driver in a high class brothel are told with tender care and sensitivity by Margaret, herself a victim of a drunken noble. When the Milton paper carried a titled search for a Miss Margaret Hale of Milton, everyone was intrigued including the stalwart Mr. John Thornton. By happenstance, John, with out knowing her, saw Margaret at the brothel, owned by an acquaintance. With peaked curiosity, John was beside himself when he saw that Miss Hale's envoy was the brothel's owner.Imagine a Lord of the realm in a working city, working gentlemen in top hats and ladies of known and unknown virtues embroiled in a struggle for love, glory and survival.
I thought the book was not up to par with the other books by Loyal. I was not expecting John and Margaret to be so dishonored by the author. I do not believe either of their characters would have ever acted that way, or been in a brothel. I was very disappointed by the book. I had a tough time finishing it. The book was not to my liking. I am sorry. I love the John and Margaret characters. I feel like I wasted my money.