This is the sixth North and South continuation book that I’ve read. It would be the last one, but I have one more on my Kindle, so this will be the next to the last one. At this point, I am a bit tired of reading North and South continuation books. Some fans of Elizabeth Gaskell’s book may enjoy reading them without ever getting bored, but I’ve simply lost interest in them now.
This book received lots of great reviews on Amazon, but for me, it was just okay. I was not really feeling the way John Thornton and Margaret Hale were portrayed in this variation. I found Thornton way too horny, and it just did not jive with how I see his character. For years, I never really considered myself a prude, but maybe deep down I really am. I view John Thornton’s love for Margaret as transcending acting like a high school boy who cannot wait to get his girl into bed. Margaret, I found, to be a bit too forward later on in the story for a woman of Victorian times. Especially a woman who is the daughter of a clergyman. In this book, John and Margaret are two very nice people who are truly in love with one another, but they did not make me love them as I did while watching the movie. Mr Bell seems like a different person in this book as well. I don’t think he would lay up in Frederick Hale’s house waiting for the Lord to take him.
John and Margaret’s voyage to Spain on the Esperanza I found exhausting. I could not wait for the ship to reach Spain so that I could get on with the rest of the story. Things did seem to speed up a bit after that, and I was grateful. Something didn’t make any sense to me as the story heated up. I asked myself why in the world wouldn’t John’s own mother, who brought him into this world, not be sufficient evidence of who he really is to the English authorities? I kept thinking that until to the end. Hannah Thornton doesn’t even get to go in and identify her own son, and that made no sense to me.
I did like how Hannah Thornton grew in this story. The way she took Johnny Boucher under her wing was very touching. No Such Thing As Luck is not a bad story, it just did not move me.
To date, my favorite North and South what if book is still A Heart for Milton, by Trudy Brasure.