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Nicole Clarkston’s John Thornton is romantic, strong and wonderful, as well as the brilliant mill owner admired by all. I fell in love with him again. He feels the loss of the only woman he ever loved and believes there is no chance of having her for his own. Margaret has already realized the type of man that she refused and is feeling the emptiness left by that refusal. Fate intervenes and a chance encounter may change everything for the deserving couple! The story that follows is riveting and tender.
I enjoyed getting to know the real Hannah Thornton and seeing her soft side surface. I appreciated that the author chose to make her human, with a heart that could be touched while also delving under the layers of her nature and exposing the personality long hidden and why it had been so. Little Johnny Boucher is adorable and lends a nice touch to the plot. Henry Lennox is portrayed with feeling and honor, much as in the original. Of course, no North and South variation would be complete without Dixon! This is no exception.
Ms. Clarkston kept the characters true to Elizabeth Gaskell’s and added a few new ones that enhanced an already fantastic plot. A portion of this story is set in Cadiz, Spain, where we have the pleasure of getting to know Frederick Hale and his bride, Dolores. Mr. Bell is there and is up to his shenanigans even though his health is failing fast. I liked Frederick Hale’s father-in-law and the minor part he played. A ship captain along with his wife and daughter were some of the new characters that added a pleasing touch to the drama that unfolded aboard ship and after.
I loved this book. It filled in the gaps left by the original having to be rushed to a finish. There are several twists and some unexpected happenings that make for a thrilling read with depth and romance. The novel was well-written and the conclusion was gratifying, even if I did not want it to end. No Such Thing as Luck is a story that I will be reading again. There is absolutely nothing that I disliked about this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves North & South. Very well done, Nicole Clarkston. I hope you will be writing more about John Thornton and Margaret Hale.
Originally Posted at More Agreeably Engaged
At the same time, facing ruin after the strike at the mill, John Thornton hears of a possible partner for him who can obtain a fresh source of cotton that will make the mill profitable for the future, and he decides to sail to Spain to meet with this possible partner.
At the docks, Margaret, who left a note for her cousin and her family detailing her trip to Spain, plans to put herself under the protection of the captain as women do not usually travel alone on ships. But on the docks, Margaret is rammed and is injured, falling back on the man behind her who happens to be . . . John Thornton, the man she regrets refusing in Milton.
And the story proceeds from there . . . .
This is a stellar first novel by the uber-talented Nicole Clarkston, and her second variation of North and South is just as good. Fans of the book and/or the miniseries will definitely enjoy No Such Thing as Luck.
Well done and intriguing from beginning to end.
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I need to say from the begining, I have not read the original book by Elizabeth Gaskell.Read more