Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.
Visit Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading and check out her pick for the week as well.
This week, I’m featuring Elizabeth Gaskell.
North and South, published in January 1994
When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.
I haven’t actually read the book but I’ve watched the BBC TV adaptation (starring Richard Armitage! Richard Armitage! ^_^) for countless of times already. And still, the story does not fail to fascinate me every single time.
I love the threads of the story, the ebb and flow of emotions of the characters, the build up, and the amazing chemistry between John and Margaret.
Have you read this book or seen the TV adapation? What are your thoughts about it? I’d love to hear from you guys.
Check out fellow TBT: HR edition participants for their picks for the week.