I read Trudy Brasure’s first book, A Heart for Milton about two years ago and loved it so much that I read it again. Since I enjoyed her first book so much, I decided to read her second “what if” version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s wonderful story. I like Trudy’s first book more because the ending I liked better than in this one. Having said that, In Consequence is a good book on its own. I enjoyed reading it very much.
I was nervous that this new version was going to have conflicts all over it keeping John and Margaret apart until near the end of the book, but that is not the case. Thank goodness for that because I would not have enjoyed the book if that was the case. I cannot stand to read a romance novel where the hero and heroine are at odds until the last chapter. That is basically what Elizabeth Gaskell did and I have to admit that I am not crazy about that aspect of her novel.
I loved John Thornton in this book even more than in A Heart for Milton. I guess it is because he is more like Richard Armitage in physical description….hee hee! Addtionally, he seems less uptight in this book. I would have liked to see some type of conflict with the young man whom Margaret dances with at the ball while she is engaged to Mr. Thornton. Or there could have been conflict caused by Miss Lawrenson. The intimate love scenes are very well written. I was not offended and would not understand why anyone else would be.
I did come across a few writing errors that were not caught before publishing. Editing for errors is very important in the world of literature. All in all, this is another great job by Trudy Brasure.