‘A Heart for Milton’ by Trudy Brasure

AHFM TBSTORY: When Margaret Hale hastily rejected the wealthy industrialist’s fervent marriage proposal, she could not have foreseen the events that would lead her to change her mind and open her heart. But was it too late now to let the handsome, brooding mill owner know?

Set amidst the clamor of Victorian England’s Industrial Revolution, this is a tale of hope, trial, and love’s fulfillment. Based on the novel ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell, this book weaves a change in the original plot to create a beautiful continuation of an enduring love story

REVIEW: I never read ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell, but I did watch a four-part mini serial with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe, which I liked a lot.

If you’re looking for retelling of Ms. Gaskell’s novel, or the adaptation of it, you’ll be disappointed.

‘A Heart for Milton’ is a Fan Fiction; a continuation of both, novel and adaptation; it concentrates on what really happened after that memorable ‘train station kiss’.

Ms. Brasure’s tale opens with Margaret mourning her father’s passing and her public acceptance of John’s proposal.

This is a well told and very complex ending, a closure, which most fans of John and Margaret probably needed to read.

I have to admit, even though this story ‘reads’ well, I wanted to ‘feel’ it. I wanted the author to show me more, and tell me less.

Regardless, in the end I give Ms. Brasure a lot of credit for taking on this project that is so close to her heart. It takes a lot of courage to write not just a novel, but a continuation of a well-loved tale and characters from another author.

If you are a fan of ‘North and South’ you should check this book out, and if you’ve never heard of either the book or the serial, please watch the serial before you read the book.

I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

*Melanie for b2b

*Book provided by the author.