Sunday, February 2, 2014

REVIEW: North And South (The Wild And Wanton Edition #1) by Brenna Chase, Elizabeth Gaskell

Margaret Hale’s life changes dramatically when her father quits his living as a parson in the idyllic New Forest in the South of England and moves the family to the northern industrial town of Milton, intending to become a private tutor. There, she is appalled at the poverty surrounding her and at first finds the local mill workers too rough, but soon she can’t help sympathizing with their plight.

John Thornton is a magistrate and owner of a prosperous cotton mill. Forced to become the head of the household at a young age and driven to keep his family from becoming impoverished again, he’s had no time for love. He certainly has no time for a lady who looks down on both him and the industry in which he earns his livelihood. Their beliefs lead them to inevitably clash, but their arguments over his treatment of his workers mask a deep attraction neither wants, and eventually, one that neither can deny.

Although it is labeled as a social novel, North and South simmers with sexual tension. Through the backdrop of a labor strike and a riot, through a possible murder and its fallout, through the deaths of loved ones, and the rise and fall of fortunes, the romance between John Thornton and Margaret Hale still entrances readers as it did when first published in 1855. In this updated version, read the steamy scenes that Ms. Gaskell, a minister’s wife, could not include in the original work, from John and Margaret’s first desperate, yet tender, lovemaking to their sizzling reunion in London.

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5 Stars

I got so involved in this book I was drawn back to the 19th Century. I could feel the era around me. I really loved the characters. This first book starts off with the relationship of Elizabeth Gaskell with Captain Lennox so much heat between them. Mrs. Shaw is Margaret's Aunt and Elizabeth is her only daughter. She wants both girl's especially her daughter to marry for love. Her advice is a good one most would of us should follow. "Marry a man you can love as well as respect and admire. Money can't be a replacement for cold places in your heart."
This book is very fast paced in the sex department, if you are looking for a hot read you will not be disappointed.
Margaret coming from an upper middle class household from southern part of England . She was uprooted to adapt to new surroundings. I truly enjoy to read how the relationship at first develops between Her and John Thornton  two very opposite people. Elizabeth and Captain Lennox is a bonus read how they get together...always hot for each other. More action than a pair of rabbits.. lol
This book was well written. I am hooked. And you are going to love them as much as I did. Dual Author Brenna Chase and Elizabeth Gaskell brings back a story so uplifting and solid that will have you reading till the pages are gone . You will be craving for more like I am. 
 Reviewed by: Ana

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