What a book. Margaret Hale – what a woman and Mr Thornton – what a man. I haven’t read many books from this era but if all the heroines are like the ones I have read about so far, I can’t wait. I read The Woman in White recently and was struck by the similarities between that heroine Marion Halcombe and Margaret Hale. From their shared initials to their challenging personal circumstances and both being the wind beneath the wings of their apprently prettier female relatives. Most importantly their incredible strength of character and selflessness. I loved it.
The story follows the fortunes of the Hale family as they move from a relatively comfortable life in the South of England to what Margaret perceives as the harshness of the industrial town of Milton in the North. She finds the weather colder, the people coarser, the town smoky and misses her previous life terribly. Finding herself in the middle of a strike by the millworkers, she comes to see life in Milton through different eyes and her feelings begin to change.
Despite the many hardships that fall upon the characters, many on Margaret herself, she is the sort of person who strives always for the good and inspires those around her to do the same. There are several transformations in this story.
Just wonderful.. and that is without mentioning her dealings with a certain Mr Thornton…
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